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Frances Dean Smith, a Santa Monica poet known as FrancEyE who was inspired by Charles Bukowski, lived with him and had a child with him in the 1960s, has died. She was 87. Smith, who had been living in a nursing home in San Rafael, Calif., died June 2 at...
The narrator abandons his marriage on the first day of his honeymoon. His friends -- aimless, stunted or waiting for their lives to begin -- drink alone or together, but mostly joylessly. One young woman guzzles canned beers to absorb the memory of a...
Jacket CopyThis Saturday, Aimee Bender, Joseph Mattson and Martin Pousson will read, kicking off a celebration of literature -- and getting lit. It's an L.A. literary bar crawl, organized by Goodreads, PEN Center USA and Book Soup. The whole thing is......
The Daily MirrorCharles Bukowski reads his poetry in Redondo Beach April 6, 1980: âAfter two hours, 16 poems, a lot of locker room laughs and two bottles of Concannon Petite Sirah, Bukowski and a few of his patrons were just this side of drunk and disorderly. Some...
It's the kind of house Hancock Park is famous for: unemphatic but impressive, with a perfect lawn, fresh coat of paint and ivy crawling up the walls. By Los Angeles standards, this is old-school cool. ¶ James Ellroy, all 6 feet 3 of him, is stomping...
Cruelty, racism, poverty, lies, perversity and oversexed self-delusion: Could this be the stuff of the most lyrical love letter ever addressed to the City of Angels? Yes, and it is "Ask the Dust," the 1939 novel by the late John Fante, who was born 100...
Suzy Moser is on a roll. Resplendent in teal and black, she is schmoozing potential donors in the teahouse of the Chinese garden at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. Moser, the assistant vice president for...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterAugust Kleinzahler gets into fights at poetry readings. Once, in Ireland, he traded insults with a host he found verbose. At a reading in a New York bar, he told a noisy drunk to shut his trap. Fists flew after the guy made a crack about Kleinzahler's...
Chapter 1 By Steve Lopez Los Angeles Times Columnist Escaping the heat in a hotter clime In a glass house above Malibu, Charlie Bonner is getting set to split for Cabo when the phone rings. Charlie Bonner went to the closet and shoved his wife's...
Times Staff WriterIt was on a bus tour of 100-year-old ghost stories that two L.A. history freaks hit a speed bump on their journey into the city's most obscure corners. "The problem with that tour," says Richard Schave, one of the movers behind a new tour series called...
MoorparkErnesto pulled onto Coldwater Canyon, leaving the San Fernando Valley behind. The Crown Victoria was built for freeway pursuits, not the constant doglegs of this shortcut to Beverly Hills. He was forced to concentrate to keep the car on the road. He...
Self-mythologizing is as much a part of rock as the 15-minute guitar solo. Tom Waits knows the drill: He's been messing with our heads for a full generation. Like Bob Dylan, he has proven a canny master of disguise, creating an impenetrable wall to keep...
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