| Sep 27, 2012
| 1:32 PM
The late Edward M. Kennedy is being honored with a new drama prize in his name. The annual award, which will be given through Columbia University Libraries in New York, will recognize a new play or musical that explores American history in a meaningful...
| Jul 14, 2012
Russell Shank, the chief librarian at UCLA from 1977 to 1989 who was known as a staunch supporter of 1st Amendment rights in all libraries and an early proponent of technology as a way to enhance library services, has died. He was 86.
| Jul 22, 2012
Where the Heart Beats
John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists
Penguin: 477 pp., $29.95
In the late 1940s and early 1950s, composer John Cage underwent related crises in his...
| Jul 22, 2012
America, You Sexy Bitch
A Love Letter to Freedom
Meghan McCain and Michael Ian Black
Da Capo Press: 309 pp., $26
The 2008 presidential campaign had many unexpected consequences: It spawned the tea party...
| Feb 10, 2012
Norma Merrick Sklarek, the first African American woman in the country to become a licensed architect, who helped produce Terminal 1 at Los Angeles International Airport and the American Embassy in Tokyo, died Monday at her home in Pacific Palisades....
| Oct 27, 2012
Jacques Barzun, a courtly French American scholar with a bracing knowledge of Western civilization who helped found the field of cultural history and in his 90s wrote the epic if improbable bestseller "From Dawn to Decadence," has died. He was 104....
| Feb 20, 2012
Damien Bona earned a law degree from New York University in 1980 but spent only two years practicing law.
As he told the Los Angeles Times in 1986, "I had to choose between a job and an obsession. I chose the obsession."
Bona's obsession was the Academy...
| Feb 26, 2012
Harry C. McPherson Jr., who served as special counsel and chief speechwriter for President Lyndon Johnson from 1966 to '69 and was a valued advisor to the president on civil rights, the Vietnam War and other policy issues, has died. He was 82.
| Aug 1, 2012
| 3:00 AM
Andrew Breitbart loathed the "institutional left," and what he called "the Democrat media complex." A son of Brentwood who cut his sharp online incisors working alongside blogging pioneers Matt Drudge and Arianna Huffington, Breitbart went on to forge...
| Aug 7, 2012
| 12:53 PM
Judith Crist, who blazed a trail as the first full-time female film critic at a major U.S. newspaper and went on to become widely known to cinema lovers through her movie reviews in TV Guide magazine and on the "Today" show, died Tuesday at age 90.
| Aug 8, 2012
As one of America's most widely read and influential film critics from the 1960s through the '80s, Judith Crist was known for her often-caustic reviews that earned her a reputation as "the critic most hated by Hollywood."
Director Billy Wilder once joked...