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  • Louis Simpson dies at 89; Pulitzer-winning poet

    Louis Simpson dies at 89; Pulitzer-winning poet
    "A poet," Louis Simpson once wrote, "should wish for enough unhappiness to keep him writing."
  • The Reading Life: Interviewing William Burroughs

     
    A newly published interview of William Burroughs by his friend Allen Ginsberg reminds book critic David L. Ulin of the time he went to Kansas to talk to Burroughs, a notoriously opaque interview subject.

    Festival of Books fires up tales from the cannabis community

     
    Taking place, as it did, just one day after the unofficial pothead holiday of April 20, and scheduled to start just 10 minutes past the herb heads' magic moment of 4:20 p.m., the L.A. Times Festival of Books nonfiction panel...

    88 books that shaped America, at the Library of Congress

     
    The Library of Congress' list of 88 books that shaped America includes poetry, novels, nonfiction, a play, a polemic, books of science and grammar, cookbooks and children's books. What's it missing?

    Jay Caspian Kang impresses with 'The Dead Do Not Improve'

    Jay Caspian Kang impresses with 'The Dead Do Not Improve'
    -------------------- The Dead Do Not Improve A Novel Jay Caspian Kang Hogarth: 272 pp, $25 -------------------- Jay Caspian Kang's debut novel, "The Dead Do Not Improve," demands to be accepted on its own terms. Moving past the era in which...