Culture Shot: VICE’s Lady Fiction Issue Spurs Controversy

Exploiting the macabre romanticism associated with the literary life

Susan Orlean Wants to Make You Cry—On Her New Podcast

Earwolf’s newly launched Wolfpop network debuts with a show about the fine art of bawling (and a talk show co-hosted by Sylvester Stallone)

Quick Read: The Unspeakable Talent of Meghan Daum

Literary critic David Kipen on what’s caught his eye

The To-Do List: February 2016’s Most Awesome Media Digestibles

The Coen brothers’ Hail Caesar! is at the top of our list

The Reading List: L.A. Authors. L.A. Topics. December 09 Books., December 1, 2009Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (Touchstone, hardcover, $25) By David Bianculli Performing at CBS Television City for its...

January Reviews

420 Charactersby Lou Beach(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 176 pages, $22)“The art of Lou Beach is probably smarter than you,” Matt Groening once said. An illustrator and album cover designer, Beach traded...
Mark Haskell Smith

Mark Haskell Smith Takes it All Off in His New Book About Nudism

The writer reveals L.A.’s surprisingly prudish side

New Reviews: February

The Accidental Feministby M.G. Lord(Walker & Company, 192 pages, $22)The L.A.-based writer gives Elizabeth Taylor what she gave Barbie in her “unauthorized” biography of the doll: a seat at...

The Reading List: February ’13

Every month compiles titles of local interest that are hitting the bookshelves. Here, arranged by genre, are some highlights

Think Like a Freak (or at Least a Freakonomicist)

The duo behind Freakonomics has a new, quasi-self-help book that aims to teach us how to retrain our brains