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  • The magical and the elemental, from Halldór Laxness

    The magical and the elemental, from Halldór Laxness
    By Richard Rayner * "Summer up here in the north is beautiful," my Finnish father-in-law once said. "Last year it was on a Thursday." The great Icelandic novelist Halldór Laxness develops this idea in his masterwork, "Independent People": "They stood in...
  • His wit was hard-boiled

    His wit was hard-boiled
    WE think we know Damon Runyon, and we might think we're pretty jaded about him, but a fat new anthology, " 'Guys and Dolls' and Other Writings" (Penguin: 636 pp., $18 paper), introduced by Pete Hamill and edited and annotated by Cornell professor Daniel...
  • James Purdy dies at 94; writer best known for underground classics

    James Purdy, a shocking realist and surprising romantic writer who in underground classics including "Cabot Wright Begins" and "Eustace Chisholm and the Works" inspired censorious outrage and lasting admiration, has died. Harold Associates, his literary...
  • In books: St. Clair McKelway, John D'Agata, Elif Batuman

     
    John D'Agata will be in Los Angeles this month, reading at the Hammer Museum and at the L.A. Public Library. In today's paper, David L. Ulin reviews D'Agata's latest book, "About a Mountain": Ostensibly a story about Yucca Mountain, "About......
  • An arresting art show at the ArcLight Cinemas

     
    There's an interesting-looking art show at the ArcLight Cinemas multiplex opening tonight that caught my eye in David Ng's post over at the Culture Monster blog. L.A. artist Rachel Schmeidler takes celebrity mug shots and renders them in a Warholian...
  • Michael Flatley returning to 'Lord of the Dance'

     
    "Camp," wrote Susan Sontag, "is art that proposes itself seriously, but cannot be taken altogether seriously because it is 'too much.'" By this definition, Michael Flatley's "Lord of the Dance" -- the over-the-top, sequins-and-lamé Irish step dance...
  • Laura Linney and Anna Gunn: Portraits in excellence

     
    Reporting from New York Plagiarism isn’t a common theatrical vice. Actors of originality find their own way, discovering a character's reality in the depths of their singular individuality. This enduring truth was brought home after seeing Laura...
  • Forgotten treasures of the last century, from 25 writers

     
    In 1999, the L.A. Times asked dozens of writers to look back at the prior century and share books they considered lost treasures -- books they loved that had slipped out of sight. Although the authors were formidable -- including......
  • Fab Four Face-Off: What's Your Favorite Song From 'Magical Mystery Tour'?

     
    With the official release of the Beatles' remastered catalog now fully accomplished, Pop & Hiss asks the musical question: What would go on your Beatles mix tape? Continuing my bids for the best track on each of the Fabs' freshly......
  • Review: Mexican pianist Ana Cervantes honors Juan Rulfo

     
    Juan Rulfo was -- Susan Sontag notes in her introduction to his novel ???Pedro P??ramo??? -- a man of many silences. The great Mexican writer and seminal influence on Latin American literature in the second half of the 20th century......
  • Pomona College gets $7.5-million gift for "green" residence hall

     
    Pomona College in Claremont has received a $7.5-million donation to help build a new residence hall with high levels of energy efficiency and the use of solar power, officials have announced. The gift for the "green" building comes from Rick......