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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 21, 2014

@hhavrilesky @andohehir I can't think of an instance I did that to either of you -- but perhaps I'm in denial! Or it was different times.

Oct 21, 2014

If you haven't yet written a thinkpiece about Rene Zellweger's face, what are you waiting for?

Oct 18, 2014

RT @bldgblog: Photos of the eerie, simulated London suburb where police train for future street crimes:

Oct 17, 2014

Woman behind me on plane's doing her nails. Because why wouldn't people packed into a tiny airless space want to smell nailpolish for hours?

Oct 17, 2014

Norman Lear isn't always a mensch but at least he can write like one: @DavidKipen on 'Even This I Get to Experience'

Oct 17, 2014

RT @DeliaCabe: Can't believe he wanted to leave! RT @GuardianUS: US tourist locked inside London bookshop

Oct 17, 2014

.@AnnaHolmes on 'Birth of the Pill': a rollicking tale, but it leaves out many whose bodies helped make history

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