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  • And the L.A. Times Festival of Books writers' survey says ...

    And the L.A. Times Festival of Books writers' survey says ...
    The fantasy of being a writer appeals to so many of us: sitting in a book-lined study crafting perfectly wrought sentences, which an illustrious publisher swiftly transforms into a bestselling book and an indelible literary legacy. Missing from that...
  • Review: 'Detonator' fails to ignite

     Review: 'Detonator' fails to ignite
    Nostalgia is a legal but dangerous substance in "Detonator," a repetitive, sluggishly paced nocturnal rumination on why we bother reuniting with old friends we purposefully left behind. Suburban dad Sully (Lawrence Michael Levine) and wastrel bachelor...
  • Review: 'Deadbeat' treats its ghosts with an into-the-light touch

    Review: 'Deadbeat' treats its ghosts with an into-the-light touch
    The extremely likable Tyler Labine, whose constitutional buoyancy has kept him bobbing back into view even as the ships beneath him ("Mad Love," "Sons of Tucson," "Animal Practice," the relatively long-lived — two seasons! — "Reaper") go one...
  • Review: The L.A. Phil's Minimalism marathon

    Review: The L.A. Phil's Minimalism marathon
    Minimalism, the musical version, has always been a numbers game. It began with extended tones, with beats added and subtracted to phrases at will and with simple rhythms played in and out of phase to create complex patterns. So let's have some numbers...
  • Culture, art, history and more on tap at Festival of Books at USC

     Culture, art, history and more on tap at Festival of Books at USC
    Krista Bremer's cross-cultural journey began on a North Carolina jogging path, where the one-time California surfer girl met a scientist from Libya who romanced her and swept her away. Bremer, one of the authors at this weekend's Los Angeles Times...
  • Review: 'Your Inner Fish' on PBS imparts smart human anatomy lesson

    Review: 'Your Inner Fish' on PBS imparts smart human anatomy lesson
    Ever since Charles Darwin made his way to the Galapagos, we've heard a lot about that fateful moment when some previously water-bound creature pulled itself up from the slowly receding seas, took a breath and began the eons-long march to humanity....
  • Jonathan Gold | L.A. restaurant review: At Q, sushi for connoisseurs

    Jonathan Gold | L.A. restaurant review: At Q, sushi for connoisseurs
    It has never been easier to eat high-end sushi than it is now in Los Angeles — to surrender two hours and half a month's rent to the choreographed roll of the waves. You can experience the masculine crispness of Mori or the postmodern wackiness of...
  • Pussy Riot activists raise voices and issue call to action

     Pussy Riot activists raise voices and issue call to action
    Barely three months after their release from Russian prison, Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova sit outside a Santa Monica hotel, smoking cigarettes, insisting that their group Pussy Riot is not a band. "People sometimes think we are a musical group...
  • E. Lockhart on embracing the young adult inside her

    E. Lockhart on embracing the young adult inside her
    I was a conventionally nice-looking teenager. I laughed easily and took dance classes. I baked bread and brownies. I loved makeup. I didn't know how my car engine worked. It was a pretty fun life, but around age 17, I realized I wanted to be taken...
  • Inaugural poet Richard Blanco recalls how he fell in love with words

    Inaugural poet Richard Blanco recalls how he fell in love with words
    What does it take to be a writer: A room of one’s own? A weakness for words? To celebrate the Festival of Books, we asked some celebrated authors to recall a turning point in their evolution as writers. How did I decide to become a poet? Well,...
  • Pico Iyer on discovering his passion for adventure

    Pico Iyer on discovering his passion for adventure
    All night long there were footsteps in the corridor, as girls from the nearby bars slipped in and out of rooms. I could hear bottles being smashed in the streets, the whining of an air conditioner that never quite took the edge off the tropical heat. When...