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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.
Apr 17, 2015

RT @paperhaus: One of the perks of my job: taking Janet Fitch and Cynthia Bond to lunch. Here's their conversation:…

Apr 17, 2015

RT @jazzedloon: .@durgapolashi & i want to make sure we never hear "i don't know any writers of color" ever again. here's a start: https://…

Apr 17, 2015

There will be no mansplaining at Sun 1:30 @LatimesFOB panel I'm doing w/ Rebecca Solnit, Maggie Nelson & Meghan Daum

Apr 17, 2015

Final fab Literary Idol essay: @NelsonGeorge on 'the ribald, disreputable, restless prose of Chester Himes' #Bookfest

Apr 17, 2015

Literary Idol essay by @GrayAmelia on Shirley Jackson: her writing was 'bodily & experiment & a game'

Apr 17, 2015

'I no longer wanted to be silent or indifferent or powerless': Bryan Stevenson on literary idol Ralph Ellison

Apr 16, 2015

My so-many-things-to-do-before-Festival of Books anti-stress kit.

Apr 16, 2015

A great lit idol piece from @Joseiswriting on how as a young gay 'illegal' he found solace in James Baldwin #bookfest

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