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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.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @__ChrisLee: Suge Knight suspected of running over 2 men in his truck, killing 1 while ON THE SET OF THE NWA BIOPIC…

Jan 29, 2015

@michelledean Although he was overweight and balding, Winston Churchill nevertheless managed to lead his country to success in WW2...

Jan 29, 2015

RT @paperhaus: Gore Vidal v. William F Buckley doc Best of Enemies gets picked up at Sundance. Literary feuds are back!…

Jan 29, 2015

Asali Solomon's novel 'Disgruntled' is a smart coming-of-age tale that vividly tangles with questions of race

Jan 29, 2015

Who will I see at the LA Art Book Fair this weekend? @cmonstah recommends some must-see booths

Jan 29, 2015

RT @moorehn: How to understand an editor: When we ask for "shorter" we don't just mean fewer words. We mean "choose the best words only."

Jan 29, 2015

'How does a woman with a raven's beak kiss a bubble of blood?' Yes, Kelly Link's back w/ a 'delicious' new collection

Jan 28, 2015

@scottros Also, writers originally started blogging to write at whatever length, as you know. But commercially it became sweatshop for some.

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