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Joan Didion

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  • Banned Books Week a thorny issue

    Banned Books Week a thorny issue
    I'm ambivalent about Banned Books Week, which runs through Saturday. On the one hand, we clearly still need such a public affirmation, as the recent tumult over Sarah Palin and her "rhetorical" inquiries to the Wasilla, Alaska, public library show. On...
  • Jacket Copy

    Shiver me timbers R.L. Stine, author of the beloved "Goosebumps" series of creepy, crawly stories, is heading to "HorrorLand." The ghoulish theme park will be the springboard for 12 new tales, with Scholastic Books planning to release the first two...
  • John Leonard dies at 69; erudite critic was early champion of Toni Morrison and other writers

    Literary and cultural critic John Leonard, an early champion of Toni Morrison, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and many other authors, and so consumed and so informed by books that Kurt Vonnegut once praised him as "the smartest man who ever lived," has died. He...
  • William Emerson dies at 86; Newsweek journalist covered the South

    William A. Emerson Jr., who covered civil rights flash points as part of a cadre of gutsy Southern reporters and later served as editor in chief of the Saturday Evening Post, has died. He was 86. Emerson, whose health had declined after a stroke, died...
  • Musings on fire, in word and song

    When the hills of Los Angeles are burning Palm trees are candles in the murder wind So many lives are on the breeze Even the stars are ill at ease And Los Angeles is burning. -- Bad Religion "Los Angeles Is Burning" (2004) Fire in Malibu has a...
  • Los Angeles' literary landscape

    In "Ramona," her 1884 novel of Southern California, Helen Hunt Jackson did more than tell the story of the illicit romance between a mestizo orphan and an Indian sheepherder. Caught in the pages of her famous melodrama is a picture of the land that is...
  • Cover Story: Queens of the Lo-Fi Age, L.A.'s emerging female-powered rock scene

     
    It's the night after New Year's Eve and hundreds of kids are crammed into the Smell, the downtown DIY tabernacle of the Los Angeles avant-garde. A sweating mass of art students, skate punks and subterranean scene staples ecstatically moshes to a...
  • The literary and literal allure of jasmine

     
    This weekend I noticed the first jasmine flowers bursting out of their slender pink buds and was reminded of how I wound up in Southern California. It was a passage in Joan Didion's 1967 essay "Goodbye to All That" that convinced me to move to Los Angeles...
  • LATFOB: author and editor Stephen Elliott

     
    The L.A. Times festival of books is coming up on April 24-25. As a preview, Jacket Copy is talking to some of the authors who will be there. This week, we heard from biographer Carol Sklenicka, fictioneer Aimee Bender and......
  • Festival of Books: Comedian and author Julie Klausner

     
    As a preview for the L.A. Times Festival of Books, coming April 24-25, Jacket Copy is talking to some of the authors you can see there. Comedian and author Julie Klausner -- seen on TV on "Best Week Ever," on......
  • Festival of Books: author Janelle Brown

     
    Gracious and funny author Janelle Brown will be at the L.A. Times Festival of Books this weekend. The L.A.-based novelist will be talking about her 2008 debut "All We Ever Want is Everything" and the upcoming "This Is Where We......