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Note: This is the first of a two-part column on the current state of contemporary detective fiction. This month: series characters as viewed by their creators. In an essay for the Wall Street Journal last spring, Alexander McCall Smith explains the...
"She was a horrible human being," recalls Otto Penzler, one of her publishers. It's an apt eulogy for a novelist whom Graham Greene, rather more charitably, dubbed "the poet of apprehension," a 20th century demiurge whose "world we enter each time with...
At a drinks party in London last summer, Ruth Rendell seemed to let slip to a reporter from the Telegraph that "The Monster in the Box" would be the last in her long series of detective novels featuring Chief Inspector Reg Wexford. The report seemed...
Barry Day (ed): "The Letters of Noel Coward" (Vintage) "The human race is a let down. It thinks it's progressed but it hasn't. It thinks it's risen above the primeval slime but it hasn't -- it's still wallowing in it!," says Gilda in Noel Coward's...
James Bond may be the prototypical English spy, but more discerning readers know that John Le Carré's novels come as close as possible to depicting a "true" portrait of the men and women who populate British intelligence. His most indelible creation,...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterWhen attempting to take in the rather shocking news of the death of British-born director, writer and producer Anthony Minghella at age 54, it's tough not to feel in part the passing of a unique creative force that connected audiences to another era. ....
Special to The TimesStudio head and producer Harvey Weinstein remembers his friend and colleague, director Anthony Minghella ("The English Patient," "Cold Mountain"). A memorial service for Minghella is being held today in London. The memories are vivid; snatches of...
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"The Paris Review Interviews, Vol. III" edited by Philip Gourevitch (Picador) "Have you found any professional criticism of your work illuminating or helpful? Edmund Wilson, for example?" asks Julian Jebb, the guy sent by the Paris Review to interview...
Sunnyside A Novel Glen David Gold Alfred A. Knopf: 576 pp., $26.95 Glen David Gold's massive new novel begins with a trick, a coup, the literary equivalent of sleight of hand. For a writer whose first book, "Carter Beats the Devil" (2001), concerned...
1. Visualize Harry Dean Stanton. Head north out of Detroit on I-75 past 8 Mile Road and you get to Bloomfield Hills, the wealthy suburb where Elmore Leonard lives. Although he was born in New Orleans in 1925, the 83-year-old novelist grew up middle-class...
VarietyOscar Isaac continues to build on an already busy slate as the "Inside Llewyn Davis" star is in negotiations to star in "Two Faces of January" opposite Viggo Mortensen. Isaac will reteam with "Drive" scribe Hossein Amini, who adapted the script and will...
Tags: Viggo Mortensen, Ethan Coen
Kirsten Dunst joins 'Two Faces of 'January': Studiocanal, Working Title team to produce thriller from 'Drive' scribeVarietyMADRID -- Two of Europe's primo production players, Studiocanal and Working Title, are teaming to produce thriller "Two Faces of January," the directorial debut of "Drive" scribe Hossein Amini. Kirsten Dunst has joined Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Isaac ("...
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