| 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 31, 2013
| 12:45 PM
A Hallmark ornament that reads "Don we now our FUN apparel!" has some people fuming.
By substituting the Christmas carol lyric from "gay apparel" to "fun apparel" on the sweater-shaped ornament, the greeting card company stirred up a holiday storm....
| Nov 1, 2013
| 12:44 PM
The next winner of the biennial Neustadt International Prize for Literature, the prestigious literary award often called the “American Nobel,” will be announced Friday night in Oklahoma.
The prize, sponsored by the University of Oklahoma and...
| Nov 2, 2013
| 11:00 AM
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — One might think that performing as a member of the Mariinsky Ballet and American Ballet Theatre and making regular guest appearances at the Bolshoi would keep Diana Vishneva sufficiently busy.
But this leading...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 12:39 PM
Might as well admit it from the outset: Harryette Mullen’s “Urban Tumbleweed: Notes From a Tanka Diary” (Graywolf: 128 pp. $25 paper) is my kind of book. Spare, playful and yet ultimately quite serious in its implications, it blurs all...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 11:58 AM
No traces of poison were found during tests of the exhumed remains of Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, forensics experts reported Friday after a six-month investigation.
The revered South American poet and avowed communist died just 12 days after...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Author Nicola Griffith is as unpredictable and fascinating as one of her heroines. Her first two novels, "Ammonite" and "Slow River" (which won a Nebula Award), were science fiction. And from 1998 to 2007, she followed up with three novels of suspense...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 2:05 PM
On Saturday at the Hollywood Palladium, dance music fans will get a sensory barrage from three different projects. There’s the audiovisual EDM extravaganza EPIC 2.0, with artists from the label group Pryda performing over 3D holograms and live LED...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 12:47 PM
It sounds like an art project that could swiftly go awry: A dozen writer-directors -- NYU students -- collaborate to turn a book of poems into a feature film. What could make it be a success? James Franco, of course.
Franco is the tireless movie star...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 3:28 PM
The temptation for an orchestra to celebrate the opening of a concert hall by commissioning a major new work is obvious and irresistible. It's also, more often than not, a bad idea.
Preparing a premiere is hard enough under normal circumstances. There...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 2:31 PM
No rap feud here. The Silicon Valley-backed lyrics site Rap Genius says that it has a licensing deal with Sony/ATV, the biggest music publisher.
News of the deal comes just days after the National Music Publishers Assn. sent takedown notices to 50...