| Dec 5, 2012
| 4:33 PM
Allen grad Amanda Seyfried and Emmaus grad Dean DeHaan will both see recent films have their premiere at the Sundance Film Festival Jan. 17-27 in Park City, Utah. Amanda's "Lovelace" and Dean's "Kill Your Darlings" are among the 115 films......
| Nov 27, 2012
| 11:57 AM
This column has moved but will not require a new name.
"City Lights" — I originally thought of that title as a play on the city editor position. Now, as I move into the features editor spot, I'm reminded of from where else the inspiration came....
| Nov 16, 2012
| 5:24 PM
Karl Rove: Fox News commentator, conservative who caused consternation on election night, major Republican strategist. And fan of metafictional writer Jorge Luis Borges. Yes, really.
The news comes from Rove's own website (via Twitter). Since 2010, Rove...
| Nov 13, 2012
| 2:29 PM
The poet Jack Gilbert, who had been battling dementia for many years, died Tuesday in Berkeley. He was 87.
Gilbert -- who was featured in Monday's L.A. Times -- had been in frail condition at a nursing home for several years before he developed...
| Oct 27, 2012
| 4:00 AM
The Dead Do Not Improve
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...
| Sep 28, 2012
| 10:47 AM
Jay-Z, Sonic Youth, Guns N' Roses, Ghostface Killah, Slayer, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Britney Spears, The New Pornographers, Mobb Deep, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Prefab Sprout, Pink, The Beatles, Van Halen, Big Star, Bob Dylan,...
| Sep 23, 2012
"A poet," Louis Simpson once wrote, "should wish for enough unhappiness to keep him writing."
Simpson may not have wished for trouble, but he kept writing for 60 years — spare, powerful poems about war, infidelity, suburban alienation and other...
| Jul 5, 2012
| 12:50 PM
I have no doubt that there were several dozen other such moments. I wasn't at every event in the festival, and...
| Jul 4, 2012
| 4:36 PM
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?...
| Jun 7, 2012
| 7:55 AM
The Sea is My Brother: The Lost Novel by Jack Kerouac
Da Capo Press, 216 pages, $23
On the Road, the iconic novel by Jack Kerouac that has sent generations hitchhiking across America since its publication in 1957, is coming soon to a multiplex near...
| May 10, 2012
| 7:35 AM
"How much presidential political trivia do you know?" a Sun reporter asked me shortly after I joined The Evening Sun in 1989.
"Not much," I admitted cheerfully.
I was a second-generation hire at The Baltimore Sun, a fact I had managed to conceal until...