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The traditionally staid American Academy of Arts and Letters is both charmed and flummoxed by Bob Dylan. The academy announced Wednesday that it voted the musician into its ranks -- its first rock musician ever. But he will be an honorary member: Not...
Tags: Music, Arts and Culture, Arts, Music Industry, Neil LaBute
During the 2012 presidential election, Republican candidate Mitt Romney's openness about his Mormon faith brought to the surface many of the generalizations Americans maintain about what it means to be a Mormon. Ryan McIlvain's debut novel "Elders"...
Evan S. Connell Jr., a literary iconoclast whose writings as a novelist, poet, essayist and historian won the admiration of critics and a cult-like following of discerning readers with books on subjects as eclectic as Midwestern provincialism, the...
Tags: Paul Newman, Arts and Culture, Book, Reviews, Authors
England's most feared literary prize was announced Tuesday night -- "awarded" wouldn't be the right word, because the winning author was not in attendance. That was Nancy Huston, who took the 2012 Bad Sex in Fiction Award for her novel "Infrared." The...
"A poet," Louis Simpson once wrote, "should wish for enough unhappiness to keep him writing." Simpson may not have wished for trouble, but he kept writing for 60 years — spare, powerful poems about war, infidelity, suburban alienation and other...
-------------------- Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story Jim Holt Liveright: 310 pp., $27.95 -------------------- "How old is the Universe?" Kurt Vonnegut asked in his 1973 novel "Breakfast of Champions." "It is one half-second...
-------------------- The Way the World Works Essays Nicholson Baker Simon & Schuster: 319 pp., $25 -------------------- Nicholson Baker's new book, "The Way the World Works," is a miscellany: a collection of 34 essays originally published in...
Jacket CopyThe John Updike Society will purchase the author's childhood home, with plans to turn it into a museum....
Los Angeles Times Book CriticWhen it comes to sportswriting, I tend to subscribe to George Plimpton's small-ball theory: The smaller the ball, the better the writing about the sport. This has a lot to do with my own biases (I'm a baseball fan, not much interest in basketball or...
Pop & HissThe Far East Movement make pop music. Their core is hip-hop and they incorporate various strains of electronic music, but they make music for the masses and they do it well....
Jacket CopyJohn Grisham's new novel "Calico Joe," coming in April, will be about baseball....
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