| Oct 28, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Those looking for one version of Lou Reed's life need look no further than to the late critic Lester Bangs, who presented a particularly harsh, if affectionate, take on the artist's story in a single sentence.
"Lou Reed is the guy that gave dignity...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 5:00 AM
"When I was in high school and first heard the piece I immediately fell in love with it. It was sexy, naughty and little dangerous. By the time I got to college, I had dismissed it as cheesy trash. Now that I am older, it's all of the above."
| Oct 25, 2013
| 11:42 AM
Over the last two decades, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has become known as one of popular culture’s great visionaries. He’s […]...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 11:13 AM
Twenty or so years ago, Lou Reed — who died Sunday of liver failure at 71 — published a book called “Beyond Thought and Expression: Selected Lyrics” that casts in stark relief the promise and the pretension of thinking about rock...
| Oct 27, 2013
| 7:33 PM
Like many unhappy teenagers, Lou Reed found more than a measure of solace in music.
"Listening to the radio absolutely transformed me," he told The Times in 1992. "It was like a huge, major-league signal that there was another world, another life out...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 11:36 AM
To be an emerging writer who gets some kind of formal acknowledgment is one thing; for that nod to come with a check for $50,000 is something else entirely.
The 2013 Whiting Writers' Awards -- which do, yes, come with $50,000 prizes -- were announced at...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 5:30 AM
Were it released in the LP era, Elton John's "The Diving Board" would have arrived as a fancy double gatefold album, 15 songs separated by instrumental miniatures to open each side. Such a presentation would have added an extra layer of import,...
| May 11, 2013
| 12:51 PM
Taylor Mead, an underground cinema legend whose comic charm and sense of the surreal inspired Andy Warhol and other seminal figures in the alternative film world, died Wednesday in Denver. He was 88.
A fixture of bohemian New York who was also a poet...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 11:23 PM
Ruth "Uncle Ruthie" Buell, who lives in L.A.'s Pico-Robertson neighborhood, had a thought one day. Actually, the thoughts are always bubbling over with her, but this one was particularly inspired.
Why not replace the rotting tree stumps in her frontyard...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 7:00 AM
COALINGA, Calif. — Jaime Ramirez stood in front of an oak tree, jagged and black from a plane crashing into it all those years ago.
He removed his white cowboy hat, closed his eyes and whispered, "Abuelo, Tío, estoy aquí." ("Grandfather, Uncle,...
| Aug 5, 2013
| 11:11 PM
We need to talk about last night.
Listen, ABC, I’ll give it to you: That was some quality television. We haven’t had a “Bachelor/ette” season end with a dramatic twist like that since the whole Jason/Molly/Melissa fiasco. Even...