July 1, 2012 |
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk A Novel Ben Fountain Ecco: 320 pp. $25.99 A casual observer might see in Billy Lynn a dutiful Iraq War soldier, a trash-talking 19-year-old popping a beer before noon, a muscled-up guy tussling with his buddy or a virgin falling for a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. He is, by turns, all of the above; what makes him special is what's inside his head. In Ben Fountain's first novel, "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk," Billy and the other surviving members of Bravo Squad are home from Iraq, mid-war, on a victory tour.
January 17, 2012
MUSIC Bang on a Can All-Stars The rowdy new music ensemble plays a program dedicated to Steve Reich, including Reich's fan favorite "Music for 18 Musicians" and the West Coast debut of his new piece, "2x5. " The composer will join the group for a take on his "Clapping Music. " Disney Hall, 111. S. Grand Ave., L.A. $43-$63.50. 8 p.m. laphil.com. Jeffertiti's Nile The 8-track sounds of the '60s hit WeHo when the psych-rock band takes the stage. Incan Abraham and Gothic Tropic open.
October 7, 2011 |
DC Comics' effort to expand digital distribution of its graphic novels has ignited a nasty battle between two bookselling giants. Barnes & Noble Inc. said Friday that its stores will not stock hard copies of 100 DC books that the Warner Bros.-owned unit is making available exclusively on Amazon.com's Kindle platform — a direct competitor of Barnes & Noble's Nook e-reader. Beginning with the launch of the Kindle Fire tablet Nov. 15, Amazon will have exclusive digital distribution rights for four months to books that include "Watchmen" and graphic novels featuring Batman and Superman.
October 13, 2010 |
In a surprise win, Howard Jacobson was awarded the 2010 Man Booker Prize on Tuesday night in a ceremony in London for his novel "The Finkler Question. " Jacobson beat out Tom McCarthy, whose novel "C" had been a favorite among British oddsmakers, and four other books for the honor. "I am speechless," Jacobson, 68, said as he took the stage, joking, "Fortunately, I prepared one earlier. " Jacobson, a native of England who has written 15 books and has a weekly column in the British newspaper the Independent, has twice been long-listed for the Man Booker ?
July 10, 2005 |
The Writing on the Wall Lynne Sharon Schwartz (Counterpoint) Plot: A language-obsessed librarian witnesses 9/11 on her way to work while crossing the Brooklyn Bridge. The events force her to reflect on losses she has repressed in her life (the death of her twin sister and the loss of her niece). Schwartz's narrative is interwoven with news bites and comments by President Bush.
June 26, 2005 |
An exercise in perception asks a person to add one plus one plus one on paper, until reaching 100. The point is to notice how each "one" feels different. It's an apt way of looking at suburbia, with all the similar houses, all the similarly dressed people -- the same, yet different. "Ice Haven," a new graphic novel by "Ghost World" author Daniel Clowes, exploits this mass of sameness. Clowes often draws the same image several times in a row, but, fine artist that he is, doesn't merely copy.