November 18, 2010 |
With his 30th novel, "The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey," the fascinating Walter Mosley not only returns to top form, but also extends once again the boundaries of the hard-boiled suspense genre in which his best work always has been rooted. No other writer of the 58-year-old Mosley's generation has done quite as much to keep the style of Hammett and Chandler from lapsing into mere mannerism. His popular Easy Rawlins mysteries ? probably his best books until now ? extended the genre's affinity for social realism and added a dimension of historical recovery in portraying African Americans' vital but bittersweet life in postwar Los Angeles.
March 30, 2010
The Movie That Inspired Me David Fincher, celebrated director of "Fight Club" and "Zodiac," presents George Roy Hill's William Goldman-scripted "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" in this month's installment of the UCLA Film and Television Archive series. Post-screening, Fincher and series host Curtis Hanson will discuss the lighthearted 1969 chronicle of the notorious leaders of the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang. Billy Wilder Theatre, 10899 Wilshire Blvd. 7:30 p.m. $9. (310) 206-3456. cinema.
March 21, 2010 |
Known to Evil A Novel Walter Mosley Riverhead: 326 pp., $25.95 Walter Mosley's last novel, "The Long Fall," was the detective fiction equivalent of a system reboot, a riff on the author's favorite brand of story. Instead of Los Angeles, we have New York; instead of the past, there is only the present (or, at least, the 2008 variety of present). Instead of Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins stumbling through tumultuous social change with lethal sidekicks and an unorthodox family, meet Leonid Trotter McGill, "a survivor from the train wreck of the modern world" who stumbles through his own prolonged internal crises backed by a lethal sidekick and a most dysfunctional family.
January 22, 2010 |
There was a reason Phil Jackson could be seen balancing a large stack of books earlier this week at a Los Angeles bookstore. The Lakers coach bought books for each of his players and distributed them before their eight-game trip, part of an annual ritual before a Jackson-coached team begins a long winter trip. Kobe Bryant , who rolls his eyes whenever Jackson gives him a book, probably won't be perusing what Jackson handed him: "Montana 1948," a Larry Watson novel about a middle-class Montana family torn apart by a scandal in the late 1940s.
March 24, 2009 |
reporting from new york He's got an elusive black mistress and a bored Swedish wife who doesn't love him. He's raising three kids, only one of whom is his. A low-level mobster wants him to kill someone, and the men he's tracking for a shadowy detective are being murdered one by one. ? Leonid McGill, the protagonist of Walter Mosley's new mystery, "The Long Fall," is a harried, middle-aged African American.
December 28, 2008 |
When Walter Mosley introduced Socrates Fortlow in his 1997 collection "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned," he offered Los Angeles one of its most original voices. Pushing a shopping cart through the alleys of South-Central, collecting bottles and cans and trying to keep himself from landing back in prison, Socrates helped us see the problems and temptations for those living on the street.
January 19, 2008 |
Diablerie A Novel Walter Mosley Bloomsbury: 184 pp., $23.95 * At first glance, Ben Dibbuk has a pretty good racket. The protagonist of Walter Mosley's new novel, "Diablerie," makes a six-figure salary as a computer programmer at a New York bank. He and his wife, Mona, a freelance magazine editor, live on Manhattan's East Side, while their 19-year-old daughter studies downtown at New York University. The 47-year-old Ben also keeps a young Ukrainian lover on the side.
January 13, 2008
Tod Goldberg reviews "Beautiful Children," a novel by Charles Bock, and "The Delivery Man," a novel by Joe McGinniss Jr. Joe Conason reviews "The Bush Tragedy" by Jacob Weisberg. Tim Rutten reviews "The Expeditions," a novel by Karl Iagnemma. The following reviews are scheduled: Fred Schruers reviews "My First Movie, Take Two: Ten Celebrated Directors Talk About Their First Film" edited by Stephen Lowenstein. Laurel Maury reviews "Democracy and Torture" by Darius Rejali.