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Books and Culture Editor — LA Times
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Books & Culture Editor at the LA Times

And the L.A. Times Festival of Books writers' survey says ... — The fantasy of being a writer appeals to so many of us: sitting in a book-lined study crafting perfectly wrought sentences, which an illustrious publisher swiftly transforms into a bestselling book and an indelible literary legacy. Missing from that idealized image is - well, the reality. Most writers struggle and stumble at every stage.

Ned Vizzini: Writers and friends pay tribute — Ned Vizzini, who died Thursday at the age of 32, was a successful YA author of books such as "It's Kind of a Funny Story" and "The Other Normals," who had recently expanded into Hollywood film and television. We asked a few writers who knew him to share their impressions and memories of him.

Of 'Pre-Saddened' Furniture and the Dangers of False Clarity — "My main problem vis-à-vis journalism is I just don't have an instinct for what's important," Charles D'Ambrosio writes self-effacingly in "The Crime That Never Was," one of 11 extraordinary essays crammed into this pocket-size book.

Still looking for love in all the trendiest places, the Goodbye Girls party on — Most of the women I know-and quite a few men-are girding themselves for the end of Sex and the City . No other recent TV series has teased out contemporary female ambivalence with such wicked humor. And although I don't know any women who talk about sex (or have it!)

Vice Bust - Page 1 - News - New York - Village Voice — Vice seemed to appear out of nowhere. Floating into downtown Manhattan record and clothing boutiques in the late '90s, the freebie magazine's peculiar fusion of style-rag gloss, fanzine irreverence, and wigga attitude rapidly snagged a devoted readership.
Mar 28, 2015

Such fun chatting w/ @AlyndaWheat @claudiapuig & @mariabustillos about criticism at #BinderCon & loved the smart audience. Thx to you all.

Mar 28, 2015

Lovely @sarahlarson piece on what was lost in E Village fire. So many dilapidated much-loved bldgs on every block.…?

Mar 27, 2015

@lauriemuchnick @PamelaPaulNYT If readers expect book crits & authors to have perfect hair, they're courting disappointment.

Mar 27, 2015

RT @EmilyGould: someone just prefaced her q for this panel with "I'm a hybrid author" and I turned around to see whether she was part tree

Mar 27, 2015

James Hannaham chats w/ @michaelschaub abt his new novel+crack+slavery: 'Maybe we'll get over it when it's over'

Mar 27, 2015

Must every tweet have a typo? Let's try that again.

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