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  • L.A.'s oldest eating group hams it up

    It's 7:45 a.m., and 40 or 50 people are lustily chanting, "F-V-N-E-M? S-V-F-M! F-V-N-E-X? S-V-F-X!" over the remains of breakfast. This club has recited its mysterious "cryptogram" every Wednesday morning since 1925. The final line makes the secret...
  • 'Tarzan of the Apes,' reconsidered on his 97th birthday

     
    It was 97 years ago this month that the Frank Munsey-owned pulp called All-Story Magazine introduced the world to a vivid new character with an especially memorable name: Tarzan of the Apes. A book (one of its many, many editons......
  • Sam Worthington searches for humanity in 'Avatar': 'I don't want to be a cartoon'

     
    There is no film this year that has been anticipated, discussed or debated as much as "Avatar," the sci-fi epic from director James Cameron that reaches theaters Dec. 18. We're going to start a monthlong countdown to the film here......
  • Image-makers

    Image-makers Johnny Grant, 84; Hollywood's honorary mayor and biggest booster was known as host of the Walk of Fame induction ceremonies (Jan. 9) Bernie Boston, 74; a former Los Angeles Times photographer best known for his iconic 1960s picture of a...
  • 'On Tarzan' by Alex Vernon

    'On Tarzan' by Alex Vernon
    The cover art for Alex Vernon's slim cultural biography "On Tarzan" is a photo of winding green tendrils and vines, vines being the equivalent of the cross-town bus for the Lord of the Apes. But the photo is also a warning of the thicket we are about...
  • 'Pirate Latitudes' by Michael Crichton

    'Pirate Latitudes' by Michael Crichton
    When it comes to popular entertainment, the late Michael Crichton was about as successful as any writer could hope to be. His 15 novels and four nonfiction works have sold a staggering 150 million copies worldwide. Fourteen of his books were made into...
  • The literary antecedents of 'Up'

    The literary antecedents of 'Up'
    The title of the new Disney/Pixar movie "Up," as well as its signature image of a house floating beneath thousands of tethered balloons, reminds us how frequently the theme of Lightness appears in children's literature. From Mary Poppins to Peter Pan,...
  • Siren's Call: A talk with Michael Moorcock

    Siren's Call: A talk with Michael Moorcock
    Where do you begin with Michael Moorcock? His career and background range as far and wide as his characters do across the multiverse. Novelist, short story writer, editor (of New Worlds and other publications), journalist, musician -- and, in the case...
  • A history of paradise

    We are obsessed with real estate and always have been. For more than 125 years, Southern Californians have bought it, sold it, graded it, changed it, planted it, built on it, dreamed on it, torn it down and started all over again. We have pushed ourselves...