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By Amy WilentzI'd been working as a lowly scrub at the Nation in New York when, in 1979, I was asked to track down Christopher Hitchens on a trip I happened to be taking to London. My assignment: To lure him to come work for us. I was a convincing emissary, because...
Christopher Hitchens, the engaging and enraging British-American author and essayist whose polemical writings on religion, politics, war and other provocations established him as one of his generation's most robust public intellectuals, has died. He was...
Tags: Human Rights, Michael Chertoff, Cancer, Judaism, Book
Jacket CopyAugust Brown writes: For me, his greatest influence was on the page. His style was defined by a refusal to resort to stock images and analysis -- or to accept them from others....
Jacket CopyThe first Hatchet Job of the Year Award is designed to celebrate the year's most elegantly cutting book review....
Jacket CopyThe National Book Critics Circle announced the finalists for its 2011 book awards at a public ceremony on Saturday in New York City. Two Southern California writers are among those up for the awards, which will be presented on March......
Jacket CopyMartin Amis once wrote a book explaining how to win at Pac-Man....
Special to the Los Angeles TimesLetters Saul Bellow, edited by Benjamin Taylor Viking: 608 pp, $35 Saul Bellow, being Saul Bellow, coined literary profit from emotional tumult. From personal pain came self-exploration and impish bons mots, poured into the heightened confessional of...
Tags: Crimes, Edmund Wilson, Saul Bellow, Alfred Kazin, Philip Roth
Alan Sillitoe, now in his 80s, grew up in Nottingham, in the English midlands, in the kind of squalor and poverty that, a century earlier, gave Charles Dickens nightmares. Sillitoe's father was a violent drunk; his mother, on occasion, was forced to...
Tags: Crimes, Anthony Burgess, Charles Dickens, Murder, John Updike
The Hero ComplexJacket Copy is our more-adult sister blog about books (and by "more-adult" I don't mean porn; I mean that it has fewer posts about, you know, zombie comedies and super-villains) and our newsroom pal Carolyn Kellogg has a new Q&A......
"The only way I can regain credit for my early work is to die," Kurt Vonnegut once said, sounding more amused than worried about it. Ever the realist, ever the stoic, ever the cynic, Vonnegut got how the lit game works. Reputations soar, tumble into the...
Don DeLillo's "White Noise" (Penguin: 336 pp., $16 paper), newly reissued in a 25th anniversary edition with superb jacket art by Michael Cho, is many different types of novel: a campus novel; the soap opera of a hilariously dysfunctional family; a...
Jacket CopyMartin Amis, one of Britain's best-known novelists, is familiar with controversy. Recently discussing the pressures of an aging population, he quipped that there should be euthanasia booths on street corners, causing some consternation. There was even...
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