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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.
Nov 21, 2014

@stephycha Make sure to leave all your key documents somewhere that the Serial folks can easily access them after your death.

Nov 21, 2014

@tvoti Oy, I'm having flashbacks (or is it flashforwards?)

Nov 21, 2014

Daniel Handler announces he'll match $100K donations to #SupportWNDB -- pledges are now past $134,000

Nov 20, 2014

A home movie of Polish Jews pre-Holocaust offers glimpse of a lost world in @glenn_kurtz's 'Three Minutes in Poland'

Nov 20, 2014

@MarjorieIngall @russkick There was discussion of Colm Toibin round here recently but no one wanted to say his name aloud.

Nov 20, 2014

'If there's a subset of humanity ripe for anthropologizing, it's the art world: @cmonstah on '33 Artists in 3 Acts'

Nov 20, 2014

RT @russkick: @Joypress I suspect many of us have been mispronouncing the names of many writers/poets:…

Nov 20, 2014

The awful thing about Handler's comments is it overshadowed Woodson's great moment. I couldn't even process it as it was happening

Nov 20, 2014

Daniel Handler under fire for his 'ill-conceived' waternelon joke about Jacqueline Woodson at National Book Awards

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