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-------------------- Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story Jim Holt Liveright: 310 pp., $27.95 -------------------- "How old is the Universe?" Kurt Vonnegut asked in his 1973 novel "Breakfast of Champions." "It is one half-second...
Fashion students get used to pulling all-nighters in the studio as deadlines approach. But heading into the 11th annual Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence recently, Maribel Dinwiddie thought she could rest easy, knowing her last loose thread had been...
Los Angeles Times Book CriticFor much of the 1980s, beginning when I was in college, I used to read a Hemingway book a year. The point was not self-improvement but rather a kind of exploration: What was it, exactly, about his writing that I'd missed? I had read "The Sun Also Rises"...
24 Frames"Magic Mike," Steven Soderbergh's dramatic comedy set in the world of male strippers, will have its world premiere as the closing night program of the Los Angeles Film Festival next month. The film, which stars Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum,...
Culture MonsterMark Swed reviews the terrifying and cathartic performance of baritone Nicholas Isherwood in the Monday Evening Concerts U.S. premiere of György Kurtág’s “…pas á pas – nulle part....”...
Jacket CopyWhen French writer Albert Camus was killed in a car wreck 52 years ago, he was carrying a manuscript that would be published only decades later....
Change of SubjectThe conclusion of Who Needs God?, the post by writer, lecturer and broadcaster Kenan Malik that touched off a good discussion here the other day, ought to spark more reflection: I want to finish this talk with French Algerian existential......
"Exiles" *** Until this spring, Chicago's Theatre Y focused exclusively on Romanian playwright Andras Visky, with productions of "Juliet: A Dialogue About Love" and "I Killed My Mother," both of which have toured internationally. But the company...
Henry Carlisle, a San Francisco author, translator and former editor who with his wife helped bring two works by Alexander Solzhenitsyn to Western audiences, has died. He was 84. Carlisle died of complications from pneumonia July 11 in San Francisco,...
Jacket CopyDid the KGB cause the car wreck that killed Albert Camus?...
Jacket CopyHappy 85th birthday, Marilyn Monroe, reader of Ulysses and Bertrand Russell....
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