| Sep 25, 2013
| 5:00 AM
The line between a fair use of copyrighted works and an infringement is blurry, and sometimes it takes a judge to decide where a particular use falls. The dispute between Universal Music Publishing and Lauren LoPrete shows how copyright owners can use...
| 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 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...
| Sep 26, 2013
What do you get when you replace the original dialogue from classic Peanuts comic strips with lyrics from songs by the beloved British indie-rock band The Smiths? A wry and clever blog that a major record company tries to shut down.
The case of This...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 8:39 AM
The good news: According to a new report from the National Endowment for the Arts, more than half of American adults read books for pleasure in 2012. The bad news is that the percentage of adults reading works of literature -- in the NEA's definition,...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 8:32 AM
The Forward Prize for poetry was thrust into the news last month when a poet withdrew from consideration after it was revealed he had plagiarized some earlier work.
The British prize, worth more than $16,000, was presented Tuesday night to Michael...
| 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...
| Aug 4, 2013
| 7:29 AM
Like the nebulous boundaries of Los Angeles itself, encircling the city's musical sound can be tricky business. There are the vibrations of surf and mariachi music, the crawl of Compton G-funk and laid-back '50s cool jazz, Mexican boleros and the ladies...
| 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,...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 2:12 PM
In the New Criterion this week, Bruce Bawer recycles the classic conservative screed against the Beats by way of lamenting the publication of Jack Kerouac’s collected poetry by the Library of America. It’s an odd piece, not least because...
| Jul 14, 2013
| 3:52 PM
So, how was it for Guillermo del Toro to get behind the camera once more with “Pacific Rim” after a […]...