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Jacket CopyEsquire returns to its roots with a new short fiction series while making it new, e-book style....
World NowSecurity concerns most recently have Indian officials warning that author Salman Rushdie shouldn’t appear at a literary festival that begins Friday in the city of Jaipur. Many artists and writers have raised concerns and encountered government...
24 FramesMy pals who are big sports nuts love to heap scorn on Hollywood sports movies, especially when the discussion is unfolding in a bar. Their biggest complaint? The films are squishy, full of more easy sentiment than soul, with the victories being achieved...
After "The Catcher in the Rye" exploded onto the literary scene in 1951, author J.D. Salinger had what every writer yearns for -- money, fame and critical acclaim. "Catcher" became a touchstone for the teenage culture just emerging in post-World War II...
Book review: 'At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing,' edited by George Kimball and John SchulianSpecial to the Los Angeles TimesAt the Fights American Writers on Boxing Edited by George Kimball & John Schulian Library of America: 517 pp., $35 Part freak show, part sitcom, part mortal combat — ah, yes, behold the world of professional prizefighting, the face-break...
Los Angeles Times Book CriticFive years ago, on the eve of the 2006 baseball season, I put together a list of nine favorite baseball books — one for each inning, one for every player on the field. Such a list was not meant to be definitive (how could it be?), but since then I'...
Culture MonsterL.A.'s Center Theatre Group announced Tuesday that its 2011 season for the Mark Taper Forum will feature a total of five productions, with star turns by John Lithgow, Olympia Dukakis and the previously announced Jane Fonda. In addition, playwright...
Jacket CopyThis list of nine best baseball books by David L. Ulin includes Robert Coover -- and leaves out Boys of Summer....
The Daily MirrorI loathe war movies. I also loathe hospital movies, and movies with predominantly male stars (really, who wants to sit and watch a bunch of men running around?) And I really loathe movies with long football scenes. Yet then we......
Culture MonsterFor a big man with a plummy voice, John Lithgow sure has a marvelous way of transforming himself into characters of every shape and size. He doesnât so much disappear into his roles as subtly alter the thespian cloud he......
The Daily MirrorJan. 28, 1934: John Lardner on Shoeless Joe Jackson. July 6, 1934: Jackson makes another attempt to play ball. John Lardner was the son of Ring Lardner Sr. and the older brother of Ring Lardner Jr. I???m not familiar with him, but he seems to be a...
The Big PictureIf you've been reading the gloom and doom stories in the press lately, you know that Hollywood is going through its fair share of belt tightening. Unsure about future profits, studios have been cutting back on everything including movie production......
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