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Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIn the 26 years since former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal gunned down her cop husband on a Philadelphia street, Maureen Faulkner has often felt like a reed in a tornado. As death penalty opponents around the world rallied to win Abu-Jamal a new trial,...
Tags: Susan Sarandon, Documentary (genre), Assault, Trials, Book
Special to The TimesWE think we know Damon Runyon, and we might think we're pretty jaded about him, but a fat new anthology, " 'Guys and Dolls' and Other Writings" (Penguin: 636 pp., $18 paper), introduced by Pete Hamill and edited and annotated by Cornell professor Daniel...
About two years ago, when rats came down from a lowquat tree and began scratching around and scuttling around in the crawl space beneath our Venice home, I made my wife laugh (and wince) by reading to her from Joseph Mitchell's classic 1944 New Yorker...
The small market town of Hay, nestled on the border between England and Wales, is an unlikely setting for one of the world's biggest book festivals. It has a population of less than 2,000, and the nearest train station is 30 miles away. Yet each year,...
++++++++++++++++++++ || Fiction || weeks on list || || 1. || Chasing Darkness by Robert Crais (Simon & Schuster: $25.95) When a man cleared of a murder charge is found dead, Elvis Cole is called to account. || 1 || || 2. || The Story of Edgar Sawtelle...
South Florida Sun-Sentinel Travel EditorThe sharp joy you feel when your plane touches down is short-lived in India as you realize now you must get in a taxi. Goodbye order, upkeep, hygiene, caution. Hello dent king. Hello chaos. On a Sunday evening at Indira Gandhi International Airport in...
THEODORE DALRYMPLE is the author of "Our Culture, What's Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses."ARRIVING IN BRITAIN by air the day after two men crashed a gasoline-laden Jeep Cherokee into the main terminal at Glasgow's international airport, and a couple of days after two car bombs were discovered in the heart of London, I was surprised by how calm...
Everyone has a favorite David Sedaris piece. Mine, I don't mind saying, is the essay "Me Talk Pretty One Day," in the collection of the same name. Just like everyone else who claims to love Sedaris (we were unable to procure a single disgruntled reader...
Tags: Apple Pie, George W. Bush, Movies, Eyewear, North Carolina
By Darin Strauss The daunting thing, of course, is the word itself. You hear "genius," you picture Wile E. Coyote, tinkering alone in the sierras, cobbling together the rocket-powered cycle on which he will catch only trouble. Sarajevo-born Chicago...
Tags: Photography, Eyewear, Crimes, Judaism, Jose Saramago
Some of you may recall that famous line from "Ulysses," when Stephen Dedalus, James Joyce's great everyday hero, laments, "History . . . is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake." Not so lovers of historical fiction, those of us who try to dive...
Tags: William Faulkner, James Joyce, Government, Death, Fiction
Times Staff WriterHis next project, Hanif Kureishi is saying, will be a fat, juicy novel about a shrink, chockablock with "all the stuff that I'm interested in — you know, race, sex, politics, psychoanalysis, literature, TV." The time frame? The 1970s through July...
Tags: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Democracy, Pakistan, Ken Loach, Movies
Patrick White, the first great novelist to come out of Australia, was born in 1912, won the Nobel Prize in 1973, died in 1990 and his work promptly dropped from fashion. His style of narrative-driven psychological modernism seemed outmoded, perhaps,...
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