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Special to The TimesLA JOLLA -- As your eyes plot the final few steps down the central staircase in UC San Diego's new student center, they land on a red terrazzo text panel that reads: "Perfect order is the forerunner of perfect horror." Not exactly a soft landing but...
Poe A Life Cut Short Peter Ackroyd Nan. A Talese/Doubleday: 210 pp., $21.95 Peter Ackroyd is never less than instructive and, much of the time, incisive. This is a man of letters from, as it were, A to Z. Ackroyd is the accomplished author of more...
Posthumous Keats A Personal Biography Stanley Plumly W.W. Norton: 392 pp., $27.95 This is a beautiful book. As its subtitle suggests, the poet Stanley Plumly here provides a "personal" assessment of the life and work of John Keats; his biography has...
Tags: Poetry, Literature, John Keats, Death, Biography (genre)
Cut off from the world, even in parts of his own home, Aitzaz Ahsan did what many of his compatriots do in times of personal and political crisis: He wrote a poem. Months of house arrest had left the celebrated lawyer enraged over his isolation and the...
Bill McKibben's writing -- part art, part essay, part journalism with more than a smidgen of harangue -- has framed the thinking on environmental issues for more than a generation. Two new books out this spring, "The Bill McKibben Reader: Pieces From an...
Photographer Ferenc Mate lives in Tuscany, but his latest book portrays the colors and landscapes of the woods, coast, farmhouses and even the doorsteps and porches of New England in the fall. His book, "A New England Autumn: A Sentimental Journey"...
Special to the Chicago TribuneFor anyone craving an urban change of pace, Midwestern cities provide great options. Don't laugh. Whether you enjoy museums, art, theater, music, gambling or shopping, cities such as Detroit, Des Moines, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and St. Louis...
Tags: Politics, Football, Personal Service, Chicago Hotels, Sports
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterLATE middle age is suffused with ambiguous mercies. One gradually loses, for example, the ability to distinguish between resignation and happiness. At the end of the day, though, what's gained and lost needs to add up to something, because age without...
Tags: Fiction, Gaming, Surgery, Depression, Pulitzer Prize Awards
The Several Lives of Joseph Conrad John Stape Pantheon: 369 pp., $30 The "several lives" of Joseph Conrad have been much discussed. As John Stape declares in his preface, his biography is of the "fourth generation . . . (post Aubry and Curle, Baines,...
Times Staff WriterA recent "Her World" column about the perils of driving abroad drew quite a bit of reader comment. In it, I revealed that I had hit a cow in Mexico, which elicited such remarks as, "At least you write better than you drive." I take umbrage at that...
Running off at the typewriter. … This just in: The Magic will forgo Easter eggs this year and have a massive hunt for multiple multi-colored ping-pong balls. No, I'm not accusing the Magic of tanking the season in hopes of getting the No. 1 draft...
South Bend TribuneEmma Libersky, a sophomore at Plymouth High School, got top honors at the Indiana Poetry Out Loud Competition in Indy. She will represent the state at the national finals on April 29-30 in Washington, D.C. Twenty-four other schools competed but Emma...
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