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Aleph A Novel Paulo Coelho Alfred A. Knopf, $24.95 A crisis of faith prompts a man to begin a journey of self-discovery from Africa to Asia. The Angel Esmeralda Nine Stories Don DeLillo Scribner, $24 The first collection of short stories from a...
Special to the Los Angeles Times"The Pale King" is composed of parts of the "something long" on which 46-year-old David Foster Wallace was working before he hanged himself at his home in Claremont on Sept. 12, 2008. Wallace — author of fictions such as "The Broom of the System,"...
Aside from their proximity in age, and the fulsome praise they got for their debut novels, Salvador Plascencia and Michael Jaime-Becerra would appear to have little in common as writers. Plascencia's "The People of Paper," which was published in 2005...
The Book of Jokes A Novel Momus Dalkey Archive: 200 pp., $13.95 paper Jokes are a genre of fiction, but the best way to deliver a zinger is to disguise it as autobiography. Comedians know this and the good ones transform themselves into quasi-...
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By Ed Park Looking backward, briefly: It went unremarked that 2007 was the year when the weirdness of time dilation hit Sgt. William Mandella. Battling the far-flung Taurans meant interstellar travel via "collapsars" (black holes); two years of army...
Gore Vidal the novelist's best character is Gore Vidal the essayist. Beside him even Myra Breckenridge seems a pale creation, and this great fat book, chronicling 40 years of the essayist's adventures, is like a lively picaresque novel in reverse. Its...
Anti-smoking advocates celebrated Friday as approximately 300 bars and taverns in Indianapolis went smoke-free. The strengthened ordinance took effect at 6 a.m. "Today will go down in Indianapolis history. Today, we join hundreds of communities across...
The Indianapolis City-County Council is trying to take on the smoking ban again. A city-wide smoking ban targeting bars passed out of committee Tuesday. The plan will now head to the full council. Proposal 136 seeks to strengthen the already existing...
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Electronic cigarettes are supposed to be better for your health than regular cigarettes, but some Indianapolis City-County councilors are now trying to get those banned as well. The latest proposed smoking ban, passed by a committee Tuesday night,...
Each novelist requires circumstance — a situation to describe, from which a conflict arises — and the ivy-covered college hall or dormitory room provides such context readily. It would take research and, thereafter, expertise to write about...
The city of Indianapolis has again passed a smoking ban. The council approving the proposal 20-9 Monday night. The ban specifically targets smoking in bars. It is a compromise with the mayor. The Democrats who sponsored the bill took out the ban on...
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