| Feb 12, 2013
| 4:24 PM
Nobel Prize winning poet Pablo Neruda's body will be exhumed and autopsied, a judge ruled this week. An investigation of Neruda's death was opened in 2011, 38 years after he died of what was said to be malnutrition or cancer.
Judge Mario Carroza ordered...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 11:10 AM
An unpublished manuscript by the 19th century Scottish poet William Topaz McGonagall is up for auction at Bonham's this spring, and is expected to fetch something in the neighborhood of $4,600, according to the Guardian. This price is not despite its...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 6:15 PM
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The finalists for the 33rd L.A. Times Book Prizes were announced Thursday morning -- the complete list is below. In addition to the 50 books in 10 categories that are in the running for the awards,...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 12:00 PM
In one of the most infamous scenes in modern drama, a group of young men in a London park stone a baby to death in its carriage. What begins as roughhousing escalates to all-out sadism until a rock is thrown at point blank range, ending the child's...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Claremont Graduate University on Thursday named three poets as finalists for its Kingsley Tufts Award. With a $100,000 prize, the Kingsley Tufts award is one of the most significant awards given to an American poet; previous recipients include D.A....
| Jan 22, 2013
| 12:48 PM
This morning, staff writer Hector Tobar and I talked about Monday's presidential inauguration through the filter of its writing, paying particular attention to President Obama's inaugural address, and the commemorative poem, "One Today," by Richard...
| Jan 24, 2013
| 12:23 PM
Justin Timberlake rolls through Los Angeles in his new video for "Suit & Tie," the first single off of his forthcoming studio album. It's been a while since Timberlake, who earlier this month released the track as his first new solo material since 2006,...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 7:00 AM
The L.A. electro-soul duo Quadron operates under a pair of seemingly contradictory guidelines: Each of its songs must contain at least three parts (a verse and a chorus aren't enough), but each must also be trimmed of all excess.
"We always ask each...
| 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...
| May 28, 2013
| 12:22 PM
In college, I once wrote a paper arguing that rock 'n' roll songs were poetry in sonic form. I was not, at the time, aware of Richard Goldstein’s 1972 anthology “The Poetry of Rock,” which made a similar case, gathering lyrics and...
| Mar 18, 2013
| 12:47 PM
Poet Marie Ponsot will be awarded the Ruth Lily Poetry Prize in June, it was announced Monday. The Ruth Lily Poetry Prize, which comes with an award of $100,000, is given to a poet for lifetime achievement.
Ponsot's career began in the 1950s; her book...