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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.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @RFaughnder: Sony spox: "Sony Pictures has no further release plans for the film." No VOD, no nothing.

Dec 17, 2014

RT @andohehir: Ha! RT @WIRED We've changed the headline on our story to "The Evidence That North Korea Hacked Sony Is Flimsy"

Dec 17, 2014

I foresee a grim scenario in which The Interview gets released on pay per view & we're all compelled to watch to defeat forces of terrorism.

Dec 17, 2014

Didn't realize hacker's first statement had no mention of N Korea or the film, per @KimZetter who thinks it's not NK…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @jessicahelfand: Christmas comes early: some 6,000 items from the Tate Archive—including photos, notebooks and letters—are now online.

Dec 16, 2014

Need a Jane Austen tattoo or 'Where the Wild Things Are' onesie? A gallery of gifts for book lovers that aren't books

Dec 15, 2014

Should L.A. have a Wanda Coleman Memorial Library? I think you'll agree with @davidulin, the answer is yes:

Dec 15, 2014

Trouble down below? 'Wolf Hall' apparently downsizes codpieces for PBS

Dec 10, 2014

The moral of the Sony hack story is, never badmouth your colleagues via email. Phones are still good for something.

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