| Mar 22, 2008
By W. David Myers
Once upon a time, a devout Roman Catholic boy from West Texas fell hard for a fair maiden with long tresses. Emboldened by her golden beauty and enchanted by her eyes, the Catholic swain gathered his courage and asked her out. Alas,...
| May 25, 2009
If Philip K. Dick and Raymond Chandler's love child were raised by Franz Kafka, the writing that emerged might resemble China Miéville's new novel, "The City & the City."
Miéville is one of our most talented fabulists, and his work roams boldly across...
| Dec 7, 2008
F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," which forms the basis for the new David Fincher movie starring Brad Pitt, originally appeared in Collier's on May 27, 1922 (earlier the story had been rejected by Metropolitan), and was then...
| Feb 3, 2009
Lukas Foss, the polyglot American composer, conductor and pianist who directed half a dozen Ojai Music Festivals, led marathon concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and succeeded Arnold Schoenberg as head of composition at UCLA, has died. He was 86.
| Sep 24, 2008
A WICKED sculpture at the entrance to the retrospective exhibition of Martin Kippenberger's work at the Museum of Contemporary Art crystallizes the manic tone that made the German-born Conceptual artist such an influential force, beginning in the 1980s....
| Nov 9, 2008
"The Paris Review Interviews, Vol. III" edited by Philip Gourevitch (Picador)
"Have you found any professional criticism of your work illuminating or helpful? Edmund Wilson, for example?" asks Julian Jebb, the guy sent by the Paris Review to interview...
| Apr 29, 2008
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April 30, 2008
Any attempt to incorporate Adolf Hitler into a work of fiction is inherently perilous. The historical, political and moral stakes simply are too high to admit even the small authorial misstep.
In "1940" -- his first novel in 20 years --...
| Jun 14, 2008
From Anton Chekhov's "Kashtanka" and Franz Kafka's "Investigations of a Dog," down through Jack London's "Call of the Wild" and "White Fang," and including Albert Payson Terhune's improbably massive canine oeuvre, right up to such iconic names as Lassie,...
| Jun 23, 2008
LA JOLLA -- As your eyes plot the final few steps down the central staircase in UC San Diego's new student center, they land on a red terrazzo text panel that reads: "Perfect order is the forerunner of perfect horror." Not exactly a soft landing but...
| Jan 6, 2008
By Richard Rayner
"Summer up here in the north is beautiful," my Finnish father-in-law once said. "Last year it was on a Thursday." The great Icelandic novelist Halldór Laxness develops this idea in his masterwork, "Independent People": "They stood in...
| Jun 18, 2010
Things to know about our book club: Our book club began in Glenview during the big snow in 1967 when two mothers, snowed in with young children, decided to organize a neighborhood book club for much-needed intellectual stimulation. We started with six...