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The Best Books of 2015 by L.A. Authors

2 years ago by LA Weekly
You're on the verge of being bombarded by best-book lists — in fact, the New York Times and Publishers Weekly published their lists last week, a full month before the year's end — but here we've taken a decidedly more localistic approach. From a new novel by "the Edith Wharton...

Food Review or Dorothy Parker?

6 years ago by Tien Nguyen
Inspired by The Awl's fantastic -- and surprisingly somewhat difficult -- "Edith Wharton? Or Girls Review?" pop quiz last week, we created our own little take-home exam that may or may not shed some light on the state of food criticism today. Quotes from current food and restaurant reviewers are...

Victoria Patterson's Third Novel, The Little Brother, Explores the Intersection of Rape Culture and Affluence

2 years ago by Mindy Farabee
The Little Brother, the third novel by South Pasadena author Victoria Patterson, explores the forces that collide to create a rape culture — specifically, the culture surrounding one of the most notorious crimes in recent Orange County history. The book, by extension, becomes an examination of wealth and privilege, toxic...

Michelle Huneven: A Novelist Who Understands Life's Detours

3 years ago by Sarah Fenske
One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2014 issue. Check out our entire People 2014 issue. Even before she set off for college, Michelle Huneven knew she wanted to be a novelist. But she found no fast track to literary success. A less dogged writer surely would have...

5 Artsy Things to Do This Week: From MOCA's Controversial Gala to Christmas in Chinatown

6 years ago by Catherine Wagley
Like summer group shows, holiday group shows are hit-and-miss. But two good ones are up right now, one in Inglewood and one downtown, and both mix barely heard-of artists with those who have been around. 5. MOCA Gala Revisited Talk still hasn't died down about the MOCA gala last month,...

Make Us Laugh, Funny Boy Taylor Negron

5 years ago by Libby Molyneaux
Born-and-bred Angeleno Taylor Negron has fled to New York, but he's back in town gracing us with his deft comic stories at Beth Lapides' UnCabaret, which also features Jen Kober, Zach Sherwin on the bill. LA WEEKLY: You've abandoned us for NYC -- why? TAYLOR NEGRON: My parents are native...

The Dinner Divide, Discussed: Or, Food + Class in America

7 years ago by Andrew Simmons
In her November 22 Newsweek article "The Dinner Divide," Lisa Miller dissects the latest Barneys ad campaign, writing that "food is no longer trendy or fashionable," but instead simply "fashion." As evidence, she cites one ad for an $80,000 diamond pendant garnished with octopus tentacles. Miller received the store's catalogue...

Terence Davies Interview

6 years ago by Nick Pinkerton
With The Deep Blue Sea, the great British director Terence Davies returns to the postwar period — although, in a sense, he has never left. Born in 1945, Davies' cinema is defined by a mixed pity and fondness for the world of yesterday, a past he seemingly finds impossible to...


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