Food isn't at the center of Ivy Pochoda's Visitation Street. The Brooklyn-born novelist's latest is about the soul of a tight community, the forestalling of grief and the human need for companionship, all folded into a mysterious tale about two teenage girls who float into the upper New York bay on ... More >>
This year felt like a year of growing pains for art in Los Angeles. Maybe that's because 2012 started as Pacific Standard Time -- that regionwide, Getty-funded series of exhibitions on SoCal art history -- wound down and the art community shifted attention from past to present. Maybe it's because th ... More >>
Music scholars, art curators and grumpy old men playing chess in the park have long debated the definition of "the blues." They will never reach a consensus. There are many irrefutable images of the blues: juke joints, a roadside chain gang, Son House's metal-clad ring finger. But it is also the bed ... More >>
According to the people who track these things, there are roughly 170,000 new books published each year in the United States -- an alarming percentage of which arrive, unbidden, at the L.A. Weekly office. Each week, we'll offer a snapshot of a newish book that's caught our attention. Just as there ... More >>
It is now time for your regular Lucky Peach update. Because we love David Chang as much as you do, perhaps even more so after his recent pit stop at UCLA. (Dinner afterwards? At A-Frame with Jonathan Gold, Peter Meehan, and Amy Rowat, if you keep track of these kinds of things). Because the next ... More >>
LAPD will decide what can be peddled as art
Now I need a doctorSeeing as Detox still shows no signs of life -- seriously, another couple years of this and we're going to get angry -- what's a real G supposed to do? For that matter, what are we supposed to do? Well, there certainly is plenty of prime Dr. Dre material ripe for re-purpo ... More >>
This week's picks pretty much sum up the year: L.A. boosterism, '70s nostalgia, autobiographical installation art and women artists recognized a few decades late. 5. The Original Paparazzo At MOCA, Weegee is more showman than craftsman. The photographer, who started his career as an aggressive New ... More >>
Famed television writer and former Yale English instructor David Milch announced this week that he's agreed produce some of William Faulkner's works for HBO. There's no word yet on what he'll do, but he's clearly got a lot to work with -- nineteen novels, a hundred plus short stories, and some scree ... More >>
Anthony Bourdain, no stranger to TV, is moving to the other side of the camera.Under Anthony Bourdain's many writing credits - Kitchen Confidential, Bone in the Throat and Medium Raw, to name a few - we can now add HBO series Treme to that list. As the AVClub reports, via Nola.com, the sharp ... More >>
Or at least a "Clue"
In 2009, rap is no longer dangerous. Meet an MC wrestling with capital-letter issues: blood, dirt and death
The New York Times new editor, Bill Keller, is more at ease talking about Shakespeare than pop culture. What does it mean for Hollywood?