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It's the kind of house Hancock Park is famous for: unemphatic but impressive, with a perfect lawn, fresh coat of paint and ivy crawling up the walls. By Los Angeles standards, this is old-school cool. ¶ James Ellroy, all 6 feet 3 of him, is stomping...
Cruelty, racism, poverty, lies, perversity and oversexed self-delusion: Could this be the stuff of the most lyrical love letter ever addressed to the City of Angels? Yes, and it is "Ask the Dust," the 1939 novel by the late John Fante, who was born 100...
Tags: Crimes, Los Angeles, Denver, San Fernando, Arts and Culture
MacArthur Park may be on the upswing these days, but it'll take a long time to wipe away its ghoulish reputation from film or the page. These mostly fictionalized accounts suggest some ugly surprises in MacArthur Park, and we're not talking about cakes...
Tags: Will Smith, Drama (genre), Volcanoes, Sean Astin, Television
Suzy Moser is on a roll. Resplendent in teal and black, she is schmoozing potential donors in the teahouse of the Chinese garden at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. Moser, the assistant vice president for...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterAugust Kleinzahler gets into fights at poetry readings. Once, in Ireland, he traded insults with a host he found verbose. At a reading in a New York bar, he told a noisy drunk to shut his trap. Fists flew after the guy made a crack about Kleinzahler's...
Chapter 1 By Steve Lopez Los Angeles Times Columnist Escaping the heat in a hotter clime In a glass house above Malibu, Charlie Bonner is getting set to split for Cabo when the phone rings. Charlie Bonner went to the closet and shoved his wife's...
Times Staff WriterIt was on a bus tour of 100-year-old ghost stories that two L.A. history freaks hit a speed bump on their journey into the city's most obscure corners. "The problem with that tour," says Richard Schave, one of the movers behind a new tour series called...
Times Staff WriterWhen I walk into One Sunset, the giddy new "ultra-lounge" on the Strip, I can't help pointing out to one of my heat-seeking friends that this was once Barfly. And that right behind the maitre d's podium was a mile-high black-and-white photo of Beat writer...
MoorparkErnesto pulled onto Coldwater Canyon, leaving the San Fernando Valley behind. The Crown Victoria was built for freeway pursuits, not the constant doglegs of this shortcut to Beverly Hills. He was forced to concentrate to keep the car on the road. He...
Zap2It.comThe storied history of alcoholics on film ranges from "The Lost Weekend" to "Arthur," from "Leaving Las Vegas" to "Shakes the Clown." "There's all different types of drunks and I think Hank is a maintenance drinker," explains Matt Dillon, who plays...
Times Staff WriterThe low-life serenade writing style of the rebellious Charles Bukowski is an acquired taste, but the good news about "Factotum" is that you don't need to acquire it in order to thoroughly enjoy this playfully bleak piece of work. That's because...
Special to The TimesIn Koreatown, there are many ways to get a drink, most of them expensive. On a typical night, you might end up sipping a $12 soju cocktail or procuring a $100 bottle of Crown Royal for the table. Your outfit had better look expensive too. What you...
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