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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.

How to be a writer — Aspiring writers often ask established authors,

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.
Oct 24, 2014

I may be the goth here but @paperhaus did double duty for Halloween w/ an author grave guide & this Anne Rice profile

Oct 24, 2014

To live and die in L.A.: @paperhaus looks at where authors are buried here, and finds some surprising names

Oct 24, 2014

Great Q&A with @EdwardCarey70 about his gothic not-just-for-kids book 'Heap House,' set in mansion made of trash

Oct 23, 2014

RT @mims: So maybe the craziest disclosure of this Ebola episode is that NYC Metrocards are also a tracking system…

Oct 23, 2014

RT @ditzkoff: I always said New York would get Ebola before it got a 2nd Avenue subway line.

Oct 23, 2014

RT @nbj914: We're waiting for the Singularity but when it comes all of the smart bots are probably just going to sit around reading websites & tweeting.

Oct 23, 2014

RT @arusbridger: Eric Hobsbawm, Christopher Hill, Mary Warnock & AJP Taylor spied on by MI5 , new files reveal…

Oct 23, 2014

.@marymacTV says Amy Poehler attempts something in Yes Please that seems simple but isn't: to chronicle her maturity

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