April 15, 2005 |
Frank Conroy, who died April 6 of colon cancer at 69, was many things to many people. For me, his legacy resolves neatly to a single point of light: his memoir "Stop-Time," published in 1967, when he was just 31. To call "Stop-Time" an inspiration is to understate its influence; quite simply, it was the first book I ever encountered to suggest that nonfiction could be literature, that the essay, the memoir, the meditation might represent an act of creativity as profound as any novel or poem.
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April 26, 2004 |
The self-described Las Vegas card-counter who calls himself Barfarkel was sitting in the shade at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on Sunday, munching on a sandwich as he waited for novelist Elmore Leonard to take the stage for a conversation about his craft. Barfarkel -- who for obvious reasons refused to give his real name -- said he admired Leonard's work.
November 26, 2001 |
When author Jonathan Franzen balked at being one of talk show host Oprah Winfrey's book club picks last month, it raised some hackles and some questions: What's so bad about being read by thousands of women? And if being on Oprah's list makes a book a "woman's book," just what does that mean?
February 6, 2000 |
On board Carnival Cruise Lines' Fantasy, during the first "Black Literary Authors Cruise Konnection" last September, lovers of literature shared suntan lotion and stories--and a rare opportunity to spend a few days together with nothing to do but relax and talk books. Pam Harrison of Charlotte, N.C., an Internet professional and voracious reader and collector of books by black authors, decided to organize the literary-themed cruise after being angered when a bookstore clerk didn't know who J.
January 1, 1987
Congrats to the Rams for a great '85 season playing 10-man football. Let's try it with a quarterback next season. DON YULE Beverly Hills Editor's note: These letters represent many of the best received by The Times in 1986