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Henry James once opined that the two most beautiful words in the English language are "summer afternoon." I would like to edit James — alas, who wouldn't? — and bestow the most felicitous phrase award upon the words "summer reading." They...
Culture Monster"'Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie," a new play by actor Alan Alda, opens at the Geffen Playhouse...
Show TrackerClick here to download TV listings for the week of June 12 - 18 in PDF format TV listings for the week of June 12 - 18 in PDF format (from latimes.com/entertainment/news/tv) Weekly TV Listings and more can be found......
The Big PictureIn the middle of Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” Owen Wilson’s character finds himself mysteriously transported to the Paris of the 1920s, which is populated with a host of cultural icons, including Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott...
Culture MonsterCharlie Chaplin, the silent movie star who only reluctantly made the transition to talkies, probably isn’t the ideal subject for a musical. Of course, anything is possible with creative inspiration, so one shouldn’t rule out the prospect of the Tramp....
Culture MonsterJacaranda, the Santa Monica new music series, began its season over the weekend with “strong sincere voices nurtured while America was inventing itself afresh,” as wrote artistic director Patrick Scott in his detailed program notes. Such invention...
The Daily MirrorSpeaking of our favorite movie blogs, another one we enjoy at the Daily Mirror is “Self-Styled Siren,” by Farran Smith Nehme. (No, the photo is of Joan Fontaine, who serves as Farran’s avatar on the Web). Her latest post is......
Jacket Copy???Knoxville: Summer 1915??? has always threatened to eclipse the rest of James Agee???s ???A Death in the Family.??? Agee???s beautiful evocation of fathers at their lonely twilight posts is the section I look forward to most when I return to......
Jacket CopyDavid Shields, the author of "Reality Hunger," couldn't help but notice the buzz when a new biography of Polish writer Ryszard Kapuscinski, above, said he invented some of his nonfiction. It's the latest in a series of small turmoils about......
It's trunk show time. Laguna Supply, an amazing women's boutique downtown, is having a Crippen Trunk Show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. The new line, designed by Susie Crippen, former designer and founding partner of J Brand, is "effortless, chic...
In the fall, I taught English 366: The Essay at Lake Forest College, a writing workshop devoted to the study of the essay as a unique genre. We were not midway through the first class meeting when a student asked me what the difference was between the...
D. W. Griffith's overpowering 31/2 -hour epic, "Intolerance," gets the perfect showcase Saturday, 95 years after its premiere — a screening with live, original music during an event exploring, yes, intolerance. The Maryland Institute College of Art...
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