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  • Jesse Ball's slippery 'Silence Once Begun' built on false confession

    Jesse Ball's slippery 'Silence Once Begun' built on false confession
    Jesse Ball's "Silence Once Begun" resists the standard narrative tropes of contemporary novels. It pushes against them with antique, gentlemanly language, a conflicting set of stories that clearly reference "Rashomon," and a structure like a funnel that starts at the wide open end. Because the story's details unfold slowly, an interested reader ought to ignore the dust jacket: It gives too much away. Ball, a poet, uses the structure of his novels ("Samedi the Deafness," "The Way Through Doors") as one way to challenge expectations.
  • E3 2013: Amid PS4, Xbox One news, little guys make a play with story

     
    Spread throughout the cavernous Los Angeles Convention Center, the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) rewards the loud. It's the largest […]

    Artist Sonya Clark weaves tales with textiles, hair at CAFAM

    Artist Sonya Clark weaves tales with textiles, hair at CAFAM
    "My grandmother was a tailor," recalls Sonya Clark. "She was wonderfully strong, a little woman with a soprano voice and a shock of white hair. As long as I would sit and stitch with her, she would tell me stories about her life growing up in Jamaica."...

    Shulamith Firestone dies at 67: wrote feminist classic 'The Dialectic of Sex'

    Shulamith Firestone, whose 1970 book "The Dialectic of Sex" became a feminist classic with its calls for a drastic rethinking of women's roles in the bearing and raising of children, was found dead Tuesday in her New York City apartment. She was 67. A...

    LeRoy Neiman dies at 91; artist depicted sports in bold strokes

    LeRoy Neiman dies at 91; artist depicted sports in bold strokes
    LeRoy Neiman, a wildly successful American artist who was famous for his colorful portraits of athletes in motion and who became an artistic fixture at such major sporting events as the Olympics and the Super Bowl, has died. He was 91. Neiman, who was...