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Tad Friend's "Cheerful Money: Me, My Family, and the Last Days of Wasp Splendor" is a memoir of growing up in the once unassailable American ruling class -- and of a long personal struggle to shed some of the emotional baggage such a lineage conferred....
Tags: Education, Family, Pluto (fictional animal), Society, California
Los Angeles TimesThe concluding volume in the magisterial historical tetralogy Richard Rhodes calls "The Making of the Nuclear Age" bears a weighty subtitle that hints at its somewhat discursive nature. "The Twilight of the Bombs: Recent Challenges, New Dangers, and...
Times Staff WriterTHE tale of a superhero, a '70s drug dealer, or a plot to destroy the world it's not. Alice Munro's "The Bear Came Over the Mountain," which isn't really about a bear and does not feature a mountain, is the story of an elderly couple — a once-...
Tags: Neil Young, Literature, Crimes, Retirement, Alice Munro
For most people, spending time with a violent, Tabasco-guzzling Oregon anarchist, a teenage member of the Aryan Brotherhood, opera-loving lawyers whose dog fatally mauled an innocent woman and an eternally wired, drugged-out Hollywood agent would not be...
Tags: Crimes, Mark Twain, Death, David Simon, Los Angeles
World's End Pablo Neruda Translated from the Spanish by William O'Daly Copper Canyon Press: 96 pp., $15 paper "World's End," originally published in Spanish in 1969, toward the end of the career of the great poet Pablo Neruda (he died in 1973, soon...
Tags: Crimes, Death, Pablo Neruda, Crime, Law and Justice, Poetry
By Richard Rayner Off the southwest coast of Finland are more than 80,000 small islands left by the retreating ice 10,000 years ago. Some of the islands are mere rocks, washed by the cool waters of the Baltic, but many are covered in pine and fir trees...
Tags: Esa-Pekka Salonen, Baltic Region, Palestine, Finland, Death
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....
Tags: Crimes, Death, James Agee, Ken Kesey, Tom Wolfe
Playing With the Grown-Ups A Novel Sophie Dahl Doubleday/Nan A. Talese: 272 pp., $24 "She does have children, you know," Kitty's magisterial grandfather would tell potential suitors who called looking for Kitty's beautiful mother, Marina. Kitty grew...
Tags: Education, Jean Cocteau, New York, Death, Children
Edward Anderson had a strange and sad career. He was born in Texas in 1905 and grew up in Oklahoma, serving his apprenticeship as a journalist on a small paper in Ardmore, Okla. Restless, he worked as a deckhand on a freighter, plied his fists as a...
Tags: Richard Hofstadter, Crimes, Death, James Agee, Rex Stout
In my neighborhood in San Francisco, the economic recession gets told more by what you don't see than what you do see. There are fewer parking spaces on the street at night because fewer people are going out. There are no foreclosure notices attached to...
Special to The Times"City of indulgence" is the way poet W.H. Auden once described Macau, the former Portuguese colony returned to Chinese control seven years ago. Once famous for gambling dens, international intrigue, racy nightlife and a laissez-faire bent, the small...
Tags: Anthony Bourdain, Lifestyle and Leisure, Macau, Soups, Hawaii
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