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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.
Jun 29, 2015

Did you hear Zadie Smith is writing a new installment of 50 Shades? Very excited.

Jun 29, 2015

RT @MeredithBlake: Cover of tomorrow's NY Post, probably: "NBC TO THE DONALD: YOU'RE FIRED!"

Jun 29, 2015

How Facebook might use the data compiled from all those pride rainbow photos

Jun 28, 2015

RT @TheAmyNicholson: .@ThatRebecca asked five female directors what they'd do with $200 million. Each said they'd split it with more women…

Jun 27, 2015

RT @jelani9: In past 24 hours we got a President singing spirituals, a rainbow-colored White House & the term "on the pole" redefined as re…

Jun 27, 2015

RT @JillFilipovic: Idea: Stop using the term "maiden name." It's not your maiden name & you're not a maiden. It's just your NAME. http://t…

Jun 26, 2015

RT @ccadelago: .@KamalaHarris to Justice Scalia: "Don't hate the playa; hate the game."

Jun 26, 2015

@PKhakpour It's Atwater so maybe they're trying to increase their "hip" factor? You know, for the (40 y.o.) kids

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