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Jacket CopyThe Library of Congress' list of 88 books that shaped America includes poetry, novels, nonfiction, a play, a polemic, books of science and grammar, cookbooks and children's books. What's it missing?...
Daily DishIn the old days, chef memoirs tended to follow much the same pattern, almost like the biographies of sports stars. There was a certain uplifting, Horatio Alger aspect to them as a young man (usually from a disadvantaged background) found......
Culture MonsterThe committee that first selected Frank Gehry to design a planned Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C., confirms its support for his design, which was questioned by Eisenhower's family....
Jacket CopyAnthony Bourdain, a chef-turned-author-turned-television-host, turns 55 today....
Culture MonsterA post in the Reading L.A. series by Christopher Hawthorne on Charles Jencks, Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne and architecture's L.A. School...
Special to the Los Angeles TimesJay-Z is a great American artist — and he'd be the first to tell you so. "Decoded" is an elegantly designed, incisively written bid for cultural legitimacy by a man whose XXL ego is underscored by an equally outsized inferiority complex (as big egos...
Tags: Andy Warhol, Michael Jordan, Music, Entertainment, Journalism
Show TrackerIn mid-October, a panhandler was standing at the intersection of Hudson Street and Interstate 71 in Columbus, Ohio, when Doral Chenoweth pulled up to ask about the sign he had around his neck that said he had a “gift of......
Top of the TicketA field of competitors assembles to challenge for Republican party chair in next month's election....
Special to the Los Angeles TimesThe Last Greatest Magician in the World Howard Thurston Versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards Jim Steinmeyer Tarcher/Penguin: 377 pp., $26.95 It takes some courage to write the biography of a man the reading public has mostly forgotten....
Tags: Fraud, Music, Biography (genre), Forests, Entertainment
Special to the Los Angeles Times"I am submitting the enclosed short story 'LIFE-LINE' for either 'Astounding' or 'Unknown,'" Robert A. Heinlein wrote to editor John Campbell in 1939, "because I am not sure which policy it fits the better." The former magazine published science fiction,...
Special to the Los Angeles TimesAlvin Clarence Thomas, a.k.a. Titanic Thompson, was a gambler and golf hustler who died at age 82 on May 19, 1974, but whose outlaw career really flourished, as Kevin Cook records with breezy relish in his biography "Titanic Thompson: The Man Who Bet on...
William Lindsay Gresham's novel "Nightmare Alley" (NYRB Classics: 288 pp., $16) tells the rise-and-fall story of Stan Carlisle, a hustling carnival wanna-be who transforms himself into the Great Stanton, a big-time stage magician, and then into a fake...
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