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There's a book I don't remember well, though I can remember precisely where I found it in my elementary school library -- three yards to the right of the door, in the middle of the third shelf from the floor. I was, and remain, a compulsive reader. Back...
Times Movie CriticTo make a documentary, you must be passionate about the subject. But too much admiration can lead to a film with more of a fan's view than is good for it. Such is the case with "Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson." Certainly there is a...
Wall Street JournalGreat architects are the enemies of history. They aspire to erase the visible past and to superimpose their own vision of the future. Ever since Baron Haussmann declared war on the back alleys of Paris in the mid-19th Century, replacing them with wide...
To say that Darin Strauss' chilling, insightful and bold new novel, "More Than It Hurts You," represents every parent's nightmare would not be exactly accurate. For the nightmares it conjures up are ones I hadn't even entertained before reading his book....
Special to The TimesDirector Ron Mann's new documentary, "Tales of the Rat Fink," is an entertaining but disappointingly superficial portrait of the pioneering car customizer Ed "Big Daddy" Roth. As with his previous films "Comic Book Confidential" and "Grass," Mann strikes...
Jim Bellows, a legendary editor who built a career resuscitating underdog big-city newspapers from Los Angeles to New York and helped turn Tom Wolfe and Jimmy Breslin into stars, has died. He was 86. Bellows, a longtime resident of Brentwood, died...
On Jan. 16, 1970, two of the most influential law enforcement leaders of the period — the long-standing head of the FBI and the flamboyant, brilliant and irascible chief of the LAPD — sat down to talk about the sorry state of society. This memo [pdf],...
Tags: Lawyers, Crimes, Crime, Law and Justice, Death, Law Enforcement
The poet Weldon Kees was born in Beatrice, Neb., in 1914, though what's best known about him is that on July 18, 1955, his car was found abandoned with the keys still in the ignition in a parking lot on the Marin County side of the Golden Gate Bridge....
Special to The TimesEven before that horrifying predawn moment four years ago in his Alhambra castle, Phil Spector was widely viewed in the music industry as something of a freak show. Lana Clarkson's death was, in many ways, the tragic public climax of years of wildly...
Tags: Literature, Suicide, Dean Martin, History, Biography (genre)
Special to The TimesIT would be too easy to read Martin Amis' slim book on Sept. 11 in a day and to dismiss it with a politically correct glare. The dozen essays, columns and reviews and two short stories in "The Second Plane: September 11, Terror and Boredom" are more...
Tags: Abusive Behavior, Suicide, Islam, Winston Churchill, Teen-agers
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterKurt Vonnegut, an American cultural hero celebrated for his wry, loonily imaginative commentary on war, apocalypse, technology, materialism and other afflictions in "Slaughterhouse-Five" and other novels, has died. He was 84. One of the last of a...
Sentinel Staff WriterHello, my name is Steve Mullis and I am a journalism major at the University of Central Florida. I'm a non-native Floridian though I have lived here most of my life, so I know it well. I'm a non-traditional student (meaning old) that, after a brief...
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