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City of Thieves A Novel David Benioff Viking: 260 pp., $24.95 DAVID BENIOFF'S second novel (after "The 25th Hour," which Spike Lee directed for the screen) features a snappy plot, a buoyant friendship, a quirky courtship, an assortment of menacing bad...
Tags: Crimes, Saint Petersberg (Russia), Social Issues, Death, Defense
The small market town of Hay, nestled on the border between England and Wales, is an unlikely setting for one of the world's biggest book festivals. It has a population of less than 2,000, and the nearest train station is 30 miles away. Yet each year,...
Tags: Death, Boris Spassky, Jonathan Coe, Christopher Hitchens, Islam
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterPrimal rock and blues musician Bo Diddley, who helped cast the sonic template of rock more than 50 years ago with a signature syncopated rhythm that became universally recognized as "the Bo Diddley beat," died Monday. He was 79. Diddley died of heart...
Twenty years ago, Ballantine Books decided it no longer wanted to publish paperbacks exclusively, as it had done for the previous 35 years. Bucking convention, the firm launched its hardcover program with a first novel by an untested female writer that...
Tags: Death, Lord Byron, Dan Brown , Gaming, Bobby Fischer
That barack obama is the antithesis of George W. Bush is by now axiomatic. The president-elect is expected to change everything, from the prevailing ideology to the government's order of priorities to the partisan atmosphere in Washington to even the mood...
Tags: Human Rights, Garry Kasparov, Death, Dalai Lama, Russia
Fans of musical dramas may experience some deja vu while watching "Cadillac Records"; the story is remarkably similar to one told in the middle of 2006's "Dreamgirls," in a montage sequence set to "Steppin' to the Bad Side." There's the plucky upstart...
Times Staff WriterParty guests have begun to arrive even before the appointed hour of 5 at the Malibu home of Chantal and Carl Gillberg, high on a distant knoll of the Santa Monica Mountains. A haze has settled over the sliver of ocean view, but in the terraced gardens...
Times Staff WritersThe world's richest art organization was facing hard times in spring 2003. On a Wednesday in late March, seven security managers were called into a conference room at the J. Paul Getty Trust's hilltop campus in Brentwood and told that their positions had...
Bernard Parks' record as LAPD chief and city councilman is a mixed blessing in his race for L.A. County supervisorLos Angeles Times Staff WriterAt a Mardi Gras-style opening of his campaign headquarters, City Councilman Bernard C. Parks received a candid assessment of his entrance into the race for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. "I saw Barack Obama dance on the television, and that...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterMarcos Rojas, a waiter at Mr. Tequila Restaurant, roams the Plaza Viva Tijuana, eager to pour double shots for partying tourists. This downtown gateway used to be crowded with Southern California day-trippers, Midwestern families and busloads of German...
Tags: Crimes, Human Rights, Charlie Chaplin, Organized Crime, Death
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away — well, actually in 1983, and in this solar system — the first "Star Wars" video game landed in arcades. Gamers dropped quarter after quarter into the mock X-Wing cockpit to assume the role of Luke...
Tags: LEGO Group, Star Wars (movie), Death, Toys, George Lucas
Times Staff WriterSure, we all can't wait to play "Halo 2" and "Star Wars Battlefront." But those don't land until the fall. There must have been something new at May's Electronic Entertainment Expo that's out for us now, right? How about a psychic adventure, and one with...
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