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  • Yiyun Li's 'Kinder Than Solitude' deals with poisoned past in China

    Yiyun Li's 'Kinder Than Solitude' deals with poisoned past in China
    Yiyun Li begins her second novel, "Kinder Than Solitude," in a place of endings: a crematorium. The time is the present, more or less, and a Beijing resident named Boyang waits for the ashes of his childhood friend Shaoai, dead at 43 after having been...
  • South Carolina lawmakers OK college funding cuts over gay-themed books

    South Carolina lawmakers OK college funding cuts over gay-themed books
    South Carolina lawmakers voted Wednesday to cut $69,000 in funding to two public universities that had assigned gay-themed books as reading for incoming students. The books are "Fun Home" by Alison Bechdel, a finalist for the 2006 National Book...
  • Teen hero of 'Half Bad' holds the magic

    Teen hero of 'Half Bad' holds the magic
    Toward the end of "Half Bad," a debut young adult novel about battling witches by British author Sally Green, readers learn that the protagonist's favorite book is "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich," the 1962 novel about life in a Soviet gulag....
  • Lisa Bloom's 'Suspicion Nation' dips into Trayvon Martin case

    Lisa Bloom's 'Suspicion Nation' dips into Trayvon Martin case
    The subtitle of legal pundit Lisa Bloom's new book, "Suspicion Nation," is a bit misleading when it claims to be "the inside story" of the killing of Trayvon Martin and the trial that followed. There are few, if any, behind-the-scenes revelations in...
  • Helen Oyeyemi's 'Boy, Snow, Bird' turns a fairy tale inside out

    Helen Oyeyemi's 'Boy, Snow, Bird' turns a fairy tale inside out
    The risks that Helen Oyeyemi takes in her fifth novel, "Boy, Snow, Bird," are astonishing in their boldness. "Nobody ever warned me about mirrors," begins the narrator, Boy, a pale white girl in Manhattan's East Village whose rat-catcher father beats...
  • Google Doodle celebrates the work of John Steinbeck

    Google Doodle celebrates the work of John Steinbeck
    The 112th birthday of John Steinbeck was celebrated Thursday with a Google Doodle dedicated to his work. Born in Salinas, Calif., Steinbeck was a college dropout who won a Nobel Prize for literature in 1962. The Google Doodle pulls quotes from three...
  • John Waters and Jeff Koons, the new odd couple

    John Waters and Jeff Koons, the new odd couple
    Art talks typically don’t draw stadium concert-like crowds. On Monday night, however, almost 2,000 people crowded into downtown L.A.’s Orpheum Theatre to hear filmmaker-actor-artist John Waters interview contemporary artist Jeff Koons. The...
  • William F. Thomas dies at 89; former Times chief editor

    William F. Thomas dies at 89; former Times chief editor
    William F. Thomas, an editor who led The Times during an extraordinary period of expansion in the 1970s and 1980s, when the paper widened its reach nationally and abroad and became a showcase for literary journalism, has died. He was 89. Thomas, who...
  • Bill Thomas, a Times editor during the glory times, dies

    Bill Thomas, a Times editor during the glory times, dies
    There are real-life newspaper editors like the ones you see in the movies, the ones who swagger and swashbuckle and cuss and scrap. Bill Thomas was not one of those editors. He was urbane, dapper, cool and collected, an editor to match the...
  • Updating the classic immigration story 'Enrique's Journey'

    Updating the classic immigration story 'Enrique's Journey'
    In the updated version of “Enrique’s Journey” released this month, the 16-year-old boy who came northward in search of his mother is now a young man in his twenties. He finds himself jailed for more than a year, a casualty of America&...
  • A 'great' year in movies? It's a wobbly state of criticism, indeed

     A 'great' year in movies? It's a wobbly state of criticism, indeed
    By overwhelming critical consensus, 2013 was a banner year for movies. End-of-the-year lists, that dependable fruitcake of entertainment journalism, arrived with festive unanimity. It was a "tremendous" (the Atlantic's Christopher Orr), "amazing" (the New...