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September 13, 1987 | NIKKI FINKE, Times Staff Writer
Not since the '50s with the likes of Norman Mailer, James Jones, William Styron, John Updike and Philip Roth has a generation of first novelists garnered so much attention. Vanity Fair calls them "the young and the wasted." Newsweek refers to them as the "divine decadents." They're a new wave of writers soaring to stardom in the '80s at startlingly young ages with innovative writing styles and hip subject matter.
May 2, 2010 | By Jeff Weiss
Ludacris is supposed to be surrounded by fawning groupies, a mean-mugging entourage, clouds of marijuana smoke and enough alcohol to buoy a Jimmy Buffett tribute cruise. At least that's the assumption you'd make of a man who titled an album "The Red Light District," featuring the hit single "Pimpin' All Over the World." Instead, the rapper whom Bill O'Reilly once called a "vile thug" sits slumped into an overstuffed chair, exhausted in the dressing room of "Chelsea Lately." There is no entourage, and the lone intoxicant in sight is an untouched bottle of the Conjure cognac line that the superstar is hawking.
February 24, 1991 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN, Patrick Goldstein is a frequent contributor to Calendar.
On the shade inside his bathroom door, Mickey Rourke has scribbled his warrior credo. "I must be mentally and physically prepared so defeat does not exist in my mind and body. Shadow box in a mirror 30 minutes a day. Movement is concentrated. Positive attitude to survive and be as good as I can possibly be. No excuses for laziness. And no second chance again."
August 16, 1987 | PAT H. BROESKE
The sense of loss was echoed across the country. The headline in the San Antonio Light ran above the masthead, in red type--complete with exclamation point. It read: THE KING IS DEAD! Some banners had a certain, well, ring. Like the one in the Washington Post's Style section: ALL SHOOK UP ON THE DAY THE '50s DIED. Time magazine went with LAST STOP ON THE MYSTERY TRAIN. The eclectic Village Voice had its readers reaching for the dictionary with THE WORLD'S MOST BELOVED SOLIPSIST IS DEAD.
October 22, 2010 | Times staff and wire reports
Melvin Lane Powers, a flamboyant real estate developer who was acquitted of murdering his aunt's multimillionaire husband in a sensational 1966 trial, has died. He was 68. Powers died Oct. 8 at his Houston home, his family announced. The cause of death has not been released. He became a household name in the 1960s after he was accused with his aunt, Candace Mossler, of the stabbing and bludgeon slaying of her husband, 69-year-old Jacques Mossler, in a luxurious Key Biscayne, Fla., apartment.
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