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The poet Allen Ginsberg, who liked to work quickly, had an oft-stated theory about writing: "First thought, best thought." Michael Henderson, a Huntington Beach resident who found himself out of a job early this year, never aspired to be the next...
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When Bob Hare opened his Hermosa Beach coffeehouse in 1958, he called it the Insomniac because it was open until 3 a.m. He brewed his coffee in a 300-pound dry-cleaning boiler and served it to such high-profile members of the Beat Generation as Allen...
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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...
Los Angeles TimesFor most of his 76 years, the 14th Dalai Lama has been the spiritual light for followers of Tibetan Buddhism, his every word parsed for guidance to living a better, more fulfilling life. Awarded the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize, the Dalai Lama has been an...
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:...
Culture MonsterA review from Long Beach as Pennington Dance Group and Yorke Dance Project premiere first collaborative dance "Overlay."...
Jacket CopyGeorge Whitman, the legendary founder of the Paris bookshop and literary institution Shakespeare & Co., died Wednesday at age 98....
Pop & HissNew York by way of Iowa composer Arthur Russell, who died in 1992, worked in an odd intersection of sounds when he started making music in the mid-1970s. A classically trained violinist who ran with Allen Ginsberg, Russell became obsessed with the nascent...
Culture MonsterNam June Paik is a wonderful artist. There are some great examples of his work in the Stuart Collection at UC San Diego, but this is the only major Paik I know of in a public collection in L.A. It’s......
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Ministry of GossipDaniel Radcliffe has a new movie coming out and it isn't about Harry Potter, the boy wizard. "The Woman in Black" star Daniel Radcliffe has revealed some more grown-up aspects of himself that may shock those who fell in love with the cute little 11-year-...
Jacket CopyJuan Felipe Herrera was appointed California poet laureate by Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday. His 2008 collection "Half of the World in Light" was a winner of that year's National Book Critics Circle award in poetry....
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