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Pop & HissRyan Adams performed the first of two sold out nights at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Times pop music critic Randall Roberts was there to review it....
Jacket CopyGabriel Garcia Marquez turns 84 today. Celebrate and read his interview with Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa....
Special to the Los Angeles TimesTo End All Wars A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 Adam Hochschild Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 450 pp., $28 We think of Europe in 1914 as a continent all too eager for war — volunteers jamming recruiting offices, festooned soldiers...
Top of the TicketPresident Obama buys books on his Martha's Vineyard holiday; he's also authored some, as have several of the GOP presidential candidates....
Special to the Los Angeles TimesThe Most Beautiful Walk in the World A Pedestrian in Paris John Baxter Harper Perennial: 336 pp., $14.99 "Paris belongs to its piétons — the pedestrians. One goes naturally à pied — on foot. And it's only on foot that you discover its...
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On the creepiest day of the year, we have news about one of the creepiest bugs around: the spider. Researchers have discovered the largest orb-weaving spider ever seen, a (relatively) massive creature whose body is about 1 1/2 inches across and whose leg...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterSo you hate royal weddings. Or you love them. Or maybe you've caught yourself attending to arcane details of Prince William and Kate Middleton's plans for April 29, but you can't say exactly why. Here's one reason: They defy time. Start with just the...
Opinion L.A.There was a wave of hubbub last week when Patti Smith appeared in the newest "Disney Dream" ad campaign. The eight-page spread features a cast of Hollywood actors as Disney characters photographed by Annie Leibovitz. But then, as if out......
OXFORD, England -- Cue the college choir. Roll the "Brideshead Revisited" footage. Lay out the strawberries and clotted cream. And let me begin by saying, ahem, that it's a rich experience, reflecting upon one's days at Oxford. The morning sun through...
Gold DerbyDaniel Radcliffe may have found his first post-"Harry Potter" role with this news from Variety that he is to lead a December staged reading in Gotham of the Tony-winning tuner "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." Radcliffe will play the...
Jacket CopyWhen the Nobel Prize in literature was announced this month, the name "Herta Muller" met much American head-scratching. Muller, an ethnically German Romanian who writes of trials of living under a repressive dictatorship, has a strong reputation in Europe...
The Hero ComplexThere 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......
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