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Los Angeles Times Staff WriterPortland, Ore. "Keep Portland weird," the bumper stickers say. I have no idea what they're talking about. I'm here on business — public transportation infrastructure tourism business. Let me say that another way. I am here, carless, to see what'...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterAs a lonely, comics-loving teenager in '80s Sacramento, Adrian Tomine went through what he describes as a crisis of faith in the field that had long sustained him. Until, that is, he stumbled on a bootleg printing of a Japanese cartoonist he'd never heard...
It is a truth universally acknowledged that after Edgar Allan Poe's mysterious death in 1849, detective fiction did not make another splash on these shores until a pipe-smoking Englishman with remarkable powers of deduction became a transatlantic...
Tags: Moby, Crime (genre), Murder, Crimes, Wilkie Collins
Should've bagged the whole thing when they told me I'd have to waltz. Who waltzes anymore? Prussian diplomats? Is there even a Prussia anymore? No, because while everyone was waltzing, mean dudes with muskets were coming over the parapets. Anyway, they...
MICHAEL APTED'S "49 Up" (airing as part of the documentary series "P.O.V."), the seventh installment in a documentary series that began in 1964, comes to American television this week. What had originally been a "glimpse of Britain's future" as embodied...
Special to The TimesNOIR is the indigenous Los Angeles form: It was created here, it grew up here and from here it spread, not only as a genre but as a way of looking at life, character and fate. As a framing lens, it's now so powerful that it seems not only to be a strategy...
For as long as he can remember, Dario Serrano's life was all screeching tires and echoing gunshots, babies' cries and barking dogs, a symphony, as he puts it, of "hood rats and gangsters," of "vatos vatos and payasos" -- dudes and numskulls, loosely...
Tags: Literature, Neil Simon, Crimes, Langston Hughes, Gang Activity
NICHOLAS GOLDBERG is editor of the Op-Ed page and Opinion section of The Times.I FIRST MET Danny Pearl 10 years ago, in a very different world. It was different in part because it was Tehran, where women were covered from head to toe and men could be seen on the streets wearing turbans and robes. Secret police asked us questions...
Throughout January, the world is Edgar Allan Poe's stage, 200 years after his birth on Jan. 19, 1809, and more than a century and a half after his mysterious demise in a Baltimore gutter. He's credited as the founding father of detective fiction, a master...
Tony Hillerman, 83, dies; bestselling mystery author provided insight into the native people and culture of the SouthwestBestselling author Tony Hillerman began writing his contemporary mystery novels set in the Navajo region of the Southwest, in part, he once said, because "they have a fascinating religious philosophy and a lot of good values." And, he told Newsweek...
Poe A Life Cut Short Peter Ackroyd Nan. A Talese/Doubleday: 210 pp., $21.95 Peter Ackroyd is never less than instructive and, much of the time, incisive. This is a man of letters from, as it were, A to Z. Ackroyd is the accomplished author of more...
Carlos Manuel Santiago Star infielder in Negro leagues Carlos Manuel Santiago, 82, a star infielder in the Negro baseball leagues during the 1940s, died Sunday of cardiac failure at his home in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, said his son, Carlos Manuel Santiago...
Tags: U.S. Army, Crime (genre), New York University, Defense, Baseball
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