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  • Where to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in L.A. area — no blarney

    Where to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in L.A. area — no blarney
    Mistakes are the portals of discovery. At least that's what James Joyce, one of Ireland's most famous writers — and a notorious drinker — once said. The phrase rings particularly true on St. Patrick's Day, the saucy Irish holiday that is marked by an epic consumption of alcohol and plenty of corned beef and cabbage. To honor Joyce, we make the annual mistake of drinking too much and discover that we wake up feeling green. Here are some of our favorite places to make those mistakes and many others this Sunday — framed by the back of a cab, of course.
  • All of these covers are just like the others

    All of these covers are just like the others
    Welcome to the first book meme of 2013: the charred cover. It happens sometimes -- a cluster of books arrive with covers that bear a resemblance to one another. During the chick-lit era, there were scads of novels with illustrations of high heels,...

    China's surprise bestseller: 'Finnegan's Wake' by James Joyce

    China's surprise bestseller: 'Finnegan's Wake' by James Joyce
    Readers in China have been snapping up copies of James Joyce's notoriously difficult novel "Finnegan's Wake," published in Chinese for the first time. Its publisher says that the first print run sold out in five weeks. The Associated Press reports...

    Video Interview: Will Self on his challenging new novel 'Umbrella'

    Video Interview: Will Self on his challenging new novel  'Umbrella'
    Will Self joined us from the office of his London publisher, Bloomsbury, to talk about his challenging new novel "Umbrella." It was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize. Just released in the U.S. by Grove/Atlantic, "Umbrella" is told in stream-of-...

    Live video chat with Will Self on 'Umbrella' and more, Tue. Jan 15

    Live video chat with Will Self on 'Umbrella' and more, Tue. Jan 15
    Novelist, journalist, sometime bad boy and frequent literary provocateur Will Self is hard to miss in England. He's 6-feet-5, for starters; what's more, he's terrifically prolific, publishing literary works of fiction and nonfiction almost every year. His...