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Michael J. Ybarra, a former Times reporter who had recently chronicled his extreme-sports adventures for the Wall Street Journal, was killed in a mountain-climbing fall over the weekend on the edge of Yosemite National Park. He was 45. A veteran...
Every spring, I listen to the Grateful Dead with fresh ears, not to the exclusion of everything else, but close to it. (I'm not alone in this. How many people in the Northeast associate the Dead's music with thaw, both literal and spiritual?) Despite...
George Whitman, the legendary founder of the Paris bookshop and literary institution Shakespeare & Co., died Wednesday. He was 98. The Left Bank bookshop was closed Wednesday, and a note on the door said Whitman had suffered a stroke a few months...
Fug You by Ed Sanders, Da Capo, 416 pp., 200 illustrations, $26 Ed Sanders has been a cultural force in America for the past half-century. Arguably best known for his satirical rock band the Fugs and his perennially wide-selling book, The Family:...
Jacket CopyGeorge Whitman, the legendary founder of the Paris bookshop and literary institution Shakespeare & Co., died Wednesday at age 98....
WHERE TO STAY IN SAN FRANCISCO Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St.; (888) 717-3564, thehotelrex.com. This literary-themed boutique hotel near Union Square is offering Litquake attendees a 15% discount (book online and use discount code LQSF). Its Library Bar is...
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Los Angeles Times Book CriticThere's a certain poetic justice in the fact that "On the Road" is one of Apple's top-grossing book apps. Released on Saturday, the iPad app for Jack Kerouac's landmark novel — featuring a variety of enriched content, including commentary, maps,...
Jacket CopyJack Kerouc's On the Road app opens up the iconic work of literature digitally, writes LA Times book critic David L. Ulin....
Jacket CopyBanned Books week begins today, runs through October 30, and includes everything from challenged children's books to banned erotica....
Tribune reporterUnderneath the Chicago Cultural Center, tucked in a corner of the subterranean pedway system, lies the new home of the Poetry Center of Chicago. At the center's grand opening on Saturday, board president Arica Hilton seemed giddy about the new space....
There are those who return to Jack Kerouac just to get lost in the ride. Not across lonesome America but in the serpentine locomotion of his prose. It's the music of the page: long blasts of blue-streak narrative that don't yield to periods, semicolons,...
Jacket CopyThis weekend, "Howl" opens in New York and San Francisco. It's the story of Allen Ginsberg, his iconic beat poem and the legal battle that followed its publication. The movie, written and directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, opens......
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