| Jan 17, 2010
The Literary and Political Odyssey
of a Twentieth-Century Skeptic
Random House: 694 pp., $35
It is clear in Michael Scammell's comprehensive biography that Arthur Koestler was an exceedingly difficult and troubled man....
| Feb 4, 2010
There's nothing I don't like about this Tempranillo from a bodega founded just over a decade ago by a group of Spanish wine lovers. What a beauty for less than $15. It's ripe and luscious with soft tannins, a taste of cherries and a youthful lilt of...
| Feb 18, 2010
During its 29-year history, Spain's ARCOmadrid has grown to become not only Europe's largest art fair but also a magnet for the contemporary art world's elite. Every winter, top gallerists, deep-pocketed collectors, museum bigwigs and artists -- not to...
| Feb 25, 2010
André Guerrero grew up eating Filipino food, but you'll find few traces of it on his menu at the Oinkster, and none at all at his new Marché L.A. Nor will you find Filipino food on the menus at Providence, Pizzeria Mozza or Church & State, all prominent...
| Mar 15, 2010
Miguel Delibes, an acclaimed and prolific novelist whose work featured gritty depictions of rural life in post-civil war Spain and psychological analyses of characters facing turning points, died Friday. He was 89.
Delibes, who had been fighting colon...
| Mar 21, 2010
A 1,200-pound stone head of an Aztec moon goddess has moved into the Getty Villa. So have life-size statues of a warrior adorned with eagle feathers, a duck-billed wind god and a demon known as the Lord of Death.
Made between 1440 and 1521 and on loan...
| Mar 28, 2010
Any tourist quickly senses something different in the churches of Spain. Unlike the pure idealized figures of Christ in most of the rest of Europe, those of Spain seem to bleed. The skins show bruising, the eyes droop in anguish, the feet gnarl in pain....
| Apr 1, 2010
2007 Bodegas Volver Tempranillo
I've been invited to a paella fest this weekend at a friend's house and I'll be toting a few bottles of this wine from the Castilla-La Mancha region deep in Spain. The 2007 Volver "La Mancha" is bold and beautiful, tasting...
| Apr 12, 2010
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| May 2, 2010
The Farthest Home Is in an Empire of Fire
A Tejano Elegy
John Phillip Santos
Viking: 280 pp., $25.95
John Phillip Santos went in search of his Mexican father's indigenous roots in his 1999 National Book Award finalist, "Places Left Unfinished at the...
| May 13, 2010
It wasn't that long ago that I dreaded checking out the latest Hollywood restaurant-slash-lounge. Why? Because, if you managed to get past the inevitable velvet rope and be seated at a table, the food was usually so bad you left hungry — at 2 in the...