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  • Barbara Ehrenreich faces the mystical in 'Living With a Wild God'

     Barbara Ehrenreich faces the mystical in 'Living With a Wild God'
    Barbara Ehrenreich never meant to write a memoir. "It seems very self-involved," she says by phone from her home in Arlington, Va. "I have anxiety about it." That anxiety is heightened at the moment because her new book, "Living With a Wild God: A...
  • Zachary Lazar searches for meaning in 'I Pity the Poor Immigrant'

     Zachary Lazar searches for meaning in 'I Pity the Poor Immigrant'
    Meyer Lansky is one of the gravitational centers of Zachary Lazar's new novel, "I Pity the Poor Immigrant" (Little, Brown and Company: 256 pp., $25). Not so much the dapper, "Boardwalk Empire"-era gangster as Lansky in 1972 in Israel, seeking to retire...
  • Curing disease, creating Sherlock Holmes in Thomas Goetz's 'The Remedy'

    Curing disease, creating Sherlock Holmes in Thomas Goetz's 'The Remedy'
    Germs and detectives might not seem like they're connected. But their link, as a certain fictitious sleuth might say, is elementary. In Thomas Goetz's fascinating and entertaining new page turner of a book, "The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle,...
  • 'Fault in Our Stars' writer John Green has a good read on teens, tech

     'Fault in Our Stars' writer John Green has a good read on teens, tech
    John Green's career as a book world phenom began auspiciously: His funny but tragic 2005 debut novel, "Looking for Alaska," became a cult young adult hit and landed the American Library Assn.'s Printz Award for YA novel of the year. This was followed by...
  • Silicon Valley satire nails the culture, geeks say

    Silicon Valley satire nails the culture, geeks say
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Silicon Valley, with its influence and economic clout soaring to all-time highs, is having its pop culture moment. But the stream of movies, books, even a reality TV show spotlighting nerdy start-up culture have all been...
  • Annabelle Gurwitch on why 50 is the new 50

     Annabelle Gurwitch on why 50 is the new 50
    When Annabelle Gurwitch turned 50, she struggled to navigate her way through a stagnant marriage, the extensive list of anti-aging products offered at the beauty counter and solicitations from the AARP. In her new collection of humorous essays, "I See You...
  • Mimi Pond sketches an alter ego's youthful days in 'Over Easy'

     Mimi Pond sketches an alter ego's youthful days in 'Over Easy'
    Mimi Pond is the cartoonist that time almost forgot. Her credits should've sealed her in the pantheon of coolness forever: She wrote "The Simpsons'" first episode, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire," as well as episodes of the children's TV show-cum-...
  • Leslie Jamison connects with 'The Empathy Exams'

    Leslie Jamison connects with 'The Empathy Exams'
    The Royal Society for the Arts recently released a brilliant little animation based on a lecture by Dr. Brené Brown in which she differentiates between empathy and sympathy. In this animation, a sad fox is at the bottom of a deep, dark hole. An empathetic...
  • 'Captain America' sequel headed for year's biggest opening

    'Captain America' sequel headed for year's biggest opening
    A red-white-and-blue-clad superhero will dominate the box office this weekend, with "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" poised to score the biggest debut of 2014 thus far. The latest effort from Disney's Marvel Studios is likely to generate $90...
  • Letters: Learning isn't always comfortable

    Re "Warning: This editorial may upset you," Editorial, March 31 The Times' editorial on an effort at UC Santa Barbara to have professors put "trigger warnings" on their course syllabi when lecture material may cause some distress reminded me of a...
  • Why 'trigger warnings'? We already live in a hair-trigger world.

     Why 'trigger warnings'? We already live in a hair-trigger world.
    Academia has always been an easy target for mockery. Henry Kissinger observed that university politics are so vicious precisely because the stakes are so low, and one logical extension is that liberal arts departments are steeped in self-importance...