| May 10, 2010
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Martin Amis, one of Britain's best-known novelists, is familiar with controversy. Recently discussing the pressures of an aging population, he quipped that there should be euthanasia booths on street corners, causing some consternation. There was even...
| Apr 27, 2010
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At the L.A. Times Festival of Books Saturday panel âFiction: In Brief,â moderated by Mark Rozzo, the three panelists defended the short storyâs morose appeal. Antonya Nelson, author most recently of the collection âNothing Rightâ -- now thereâ...
| May 9, 2010
They love to hate him, Martin Amis, the British literati's very own Princess Di. He can't go to the airport without the press commenting on where he stopped along the way and why, where he has his dental work done and whether a particular gesture or...
| May 16, 2010
By now you've probably gathered that Richard Wagner was opera's great maker of epics, with the singular ability to rouse emotions, amass followers and incite enmity. He was mythmaker, and he was mythologized. His operas are massive pageants of humanity,...
| May 30, 2010
In fall 1986, as part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, John Cage delivered, in his uniquely spoken-sung fashion, poetic texts he had derived from James Joyce's readably unreadable comic novel "Finnegans Wake." Irish musicians...
| Jun 27, 2010
The Three Fates
Translated from the French by Mark Polizzotti
New Directions: 172 pp., $15.95 paper
Linda Lê is an extraordinary writer of scintillating French prose. Born in South Vietnam in 1963, she came to Paris as an...
| Dec 23, 2010
NEW YORK — For someone steeped in murder, grift and shady characters, Otto Penzler is remarkably cheerful.
"I'm the happiest person you know. I am an optimist, I'm happy, I love life, I love friends, I love my job," he says in his book-lined...
| Aug 22, 2010
THE BEST WAY TO PARIS
From LAX, nonstop service to Paris is offered on Air France and Air Tahiti Nui. Direct service (stop, no change of plane) is offered on United, and connecting service (change of planes) is offered on American, Delta, Lufthansa,...
| Feb 20, 2011
Often started, seldom finished. That's the knock on James Joyce's "Ulysses." Everyone knows Buck Mulligan is "stately" and "plump," but by the time Stephen Dedalus' allusive stream of consciousness gives way to Leopold Bloom's humanist point of view in...
| Mar 12, 2011
Joseph O'Connor — brother of Sinéad O'Connor — published his first novel, "Cowboys and Indians," in 1991 and immediately saw it shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize. Since then O'Connor has published a series of novels, including "Star of the...
| May 15, 2011
A Jane Austen Education
How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter
The Penguin Press: 258 pp., $25.95
Jane Austen's keen social observations and delightfully witty, sometimes foolish and...