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  • 'Eat, Pray' L.A. Times bestseller again

     
    Elizabeth Gilbert, devastated after her marriage failed, went to Italy, India and Indonesia to recover and to try to rediscover something about herself. Her immersion in food, faith and the paradise of Bali sounds like a pretty good start at......
  • Archive review: David Foster Wallace's 'Infinite Jest'

     
    On Friday, we posted Ron Currie Jr.'s remembrance of reading "Infinite Jest" by David Foster Wallace. Now acknowledged to be a seminal work of postmodern literature, and the thing that turned many Wallace readers into devotees, "Infinite Jest" arrived in....
  • Astral Weeks: An unexpected, and welcome, DeLillo discovery

    Astral Weeks: An unexpected, and welcome, DeLillo discovery
    In Don DeLillo's latest novel, the weirdly exciting "Point Omega," a character is "trying to read science fiction but nothing she'd read so far could begin to match ordinary life on this planet ... for sheer unimaginableness." With another writer, you...
  • It's not too late for the obligatory 4/20 book post

     
    Today, April 20, is 4/20, or four-twenty, or 4:20, a phrase whose origins are hazy but which basically has something to do with smoking marijuana. Four-twenty has entered legend, despite the fact that smoking pot isn't legal -- for now,......
  • Astral Weeks: A Grim, New World

    Astral Weeks: A Grim, New World
    I like it when the full import of a title is felt only at the very end of a story, or in the space just beyond -- think Thomas Pynchon's "The Crying of Lot 49." Laura Kasischke's seventh novel, "In a Perfect World" (Harper Perennial: 310 pp., $13.99...
  • Festival of Books: mystery writer T. Jefferson Parker

     
    T. Jefferson Parker is the author of popular mysteries set in Southern California; his latest, "Iron River," takes his protagonist Charlie Hood back and forth across the border into Mexico. He'll be at the LA Times Festival of Books on......
  • At SXSWi: A panel on the future of publishing

     
    Peter Miller, a publishing professional and used bookstore owner, is blogging for Jacket Copy from the SXSW Interactive festival in Austin, Texas. This morning I was chastised for suggesting that last year's publishing panel unearthed the depths of SXSWi'...
  • The Tournament of Books launches

     
    Print your brackets! The Morning News' Tournament of Books 2010 has launched. Now in its sixth year, the Tournament of Books is a month-long book-focused basketball-style matchup. But where basketball teams have the relatively straightforward task of...
  • Clobberin' Oscar Wilde

     
    In 1998, a Canadian comics fan sent letters to 10 illustrators asking for them to send him a sketch of their favorite literary figure, either a fictional character or a real-life author. After getting a few back -- including one......
  • 10 choice weed books

     
    On Tuesday, California moved a step closer to legalizing marijuana. The California Assembly's Public Safety Committee voted 4-3 to approve a measure that would make it legal for those 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana......
  • Favorite fiction of 2009 from the L.A. Times

     
    There are 25 books in the list of the Los Angeles Times 2009 fiction favorites. It includes some authors you might expect -- Orhan Pamuk and Alice Munro -- as well as new talents like Maile Meloy, above. LA Times......