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  • 'John Wayne' rides high in Scott Eyman's astute biography

     'John Wayne' rides high in Scott Eyman's astute biography
    Almost every great movie doubles as an allegory for its own creation. Think of Francis Ford Coppola going up the river and around the bend to make "Apocalypse Now." Or Dalton Trumbo having Kirk Douglas shout "I am Spartacus!" to reclaim his identity — as Trumbo had just reclaimed his own by securing screen credit after a decade on the Blacklist.
  • Getting to the long and short of Lydia Davis in 'Can't and Won't'

    Getting to the long and short of Lydia Davis in 'Can't and Won't'
    "A fire does not need to be called warm or red," Lydia Davis writes late in her sixth collection of short stories, "Can't and Won't." "Remove many more adjectives." Such a line can be read as both an observation and an artist statement, a writer's call to...

    In Beijing, Oliver Stone says China's movies must confront its past

    In Beijing, Oliver Stone says China's movies must confront its past
    BEIJING – China will never have a world-class movie culture and can’t truly cooperate with foreign filmmakers until authorities stop censorship and allow artists to take a critical look at Chinese history, American director Oliver Stone said...

    Naomi Hirahara on her new mystery series ... and the new L.A.

    Naomi Hirahara on her new mystery series ... and the new L.A.
    Naomi Hirahara’s seventh novel, “Murder on Bamboo Lane” (Berkley: 304 pp, $7.99 paper), is something of a departure: the kick-off of a mystery series featuring rookie bicycle cop Ellie Rush. For the last decade, Hirahara has written...

    Walter Kirn on 'Blood Will Out' and a friendly psychopath [Video]

    Walter Kirn on 'Blood Will Out' and a friendly psychopath [Video]
    Walter Kirn's novels have been made into films ("Up in the Air," "Thumbsucker"), but his most recent book is nonfiction. Part memoir, part true crime, "Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery and a Masquerade" is currently climbing our...