| Sep 7, 2013
| 9:00 AM
The creation story behind "Astro-Mancy," MGMT's rhythmic freakout on its self-titled new album, is instructive when considering the duo's oblong output over the years. A band best known for its string of genre-defying dance-pop hits of 2008, "Time to...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 5:30 AM
If there's any one thread running through today's pop music, it's the amazing ability for most songs to be about absolutely nothing.
Despite scores of crises around the world, the biggest hits of the summer (i.e. "Get Lucky" and "Blurred Lines") are...
| Aug 18, 2013
| 7:35 PM
LA JOLLA — SummerFest, one of the country's most significant chamber music festivals, devoted its annual program of new work Friday night at Sherwood Auditorium in the Museum of Contemporary Art here to three American masters. The composers —...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 6:27 AM
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Were he still with us, Charles Bukowski would be 93 Friday. Happy birthday, Charles Bukowski!
Bukowski was dubbed the Poet Laureate of Skid Row; he wrote about the gritty neighborhoods of...
| Sep 7, 2013
| 10:14 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — AT&T's U-verse is carrying a trio of Pac-12 television networks under an agreement with the conference.
The deal announced Saturday immediately made three channels — the Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Bay Area and Pac-12 Los...
| 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...
| Sep 7, 2013
| 6:30 AM
I have written exactly one fan letter in my life and that was to Derek Jacobi.
I wrote it, and God forgive me, sent it, sometime between my junior and senior year in high school. I blush to disclose that the correspondence also included a sonnet I had...
| Jul 28, 2013
If you've ever tried to submit a poem to Opinion, you've probably gotten a reply noting that we simply don't print poetry. We didn't print the poem that came in the shape of the World Trade Center towers after 9/11; we didn't print the poem that came in...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Jacqueline Suskin sits like an old-fashioned secretary between a lemonade stand and two guys selling hummus at the Hollywood Farmers Market. A sea-green typewriter rests on the tiny wooden table in front of her. Scotch-taped to the table is a letter-...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 11:41 AM
In Leonora Carrington's 1938 short-story masterpiece "The Debutante," a young woman wants to disobey her mother's orders to go to a debutante ball, so she asks a hyena she has befriended to go in her place. The hyena fits into her ball gown but there is...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 2:49 PM
On the surface, Brian Russell’s first book of poems, “The Year of What Now” (Graywolf: 76 pp., $15 paper), seems nothing if not traditional; winner of this year’s Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Bakeless Prize, it reads as a...