May 2, 2006 |
Mystery solved. The winners of the 2006 Edgar Allan Poe Awards have been announced. The Edgar for best novel went to "Citizen Vince." Whodunit? Author Jess Walter; it's his third novel. The award for best first novel by an American author was won by "Officer Down," by Theresa Schwegel. And the winner for best motion picture screenplay was "Syriana," by Stephen Gaghan.
May 11, 1985
The article by Chris Baker, the first black hockey writer, was one of the most irrelevant, egocentric pieces. It belonged in the View section, not Sports. I read your sports section to get more information about players and athletes, not writers. I couldn't care less about Baker's problems with cold weather, near accidents on icy roads, or flying in a snowstorm. JOHN M. STALLBERG Pacific Palisades
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1986
Along with Steve Allen, I, too, am sick and tired of letter writers who are sick and tired of everything. Not only that, I am outraged at all those who are outraged while they are not being sick and tired. It seems that the simplest matters of disagreement lead to outrage. I fear for the cardiovascular systems of the populace with so much outrage being experienced, seemingly on a daily basis. THEODORE C. HENDERSON JR. Los Angeles
February 23, 1987 |
The Soviet Writers Union has posthumously reinstated Boris Pasternak, who was expelled from the organization after his novel "Doctor Zhivago" won the 1958 Nobel Prize for literature, the Tass press agency said today. The Tass announcement disclosed the latest in a series of government actions to rehabilitate Pasternak, who died in disgrace in 1960 at age 70.
April 29, 2004
I never thought I'd read a near-perfect summation of one of my favorite bands in just 12 words: "[System of a Down] juxtapose the absurd and the serious while playing with tempos and temperaments" ("Now It's Personal," April 22). Simple, yet terribly, painfully complex. Susan Carpenter deserves a humanitarian award for her article on S.O.A.D. Most writers of such articles on System cannot fathom or encompass the history, the policies, the crime, the culture, the sorrow and the beauty that have shaped their music.
January 13, 2007
HAVING been quoted in "Did 'Writers' Get It Wrong?" by Gina Piccalo [Jan. 9], I would like to clarify that I stated that not only did teacher Erin Gruwell teach her assigned subject matter, English, but she also taught her Freedom Writer students so much more. Having been a teacher myself, I realize that the basics are extremely important and must be taught. I would also hope that those who continue to criticize Gruwell and the movie would only go to see it. They will witness a movie with a wonderful message and one full of hope.
October 14, 2003 |
Hollywood screenwriters on Monday joined the chorus of complaints leveled at the Motion Picture Assn. of America for its recent ban on awards season DVDs and videocassettes or "screeners," as they are called in the industry. "Screeners have become an important part of the way small, well-written films find their audience," said Victoria Riskin, president of the 7,500-member Writers Guild of America, West.
July 29, 2006 |
More than 500 authors turned out to sign their books at the Romance Writers of America's 26th annual conference in Atlanta this week. Some had props related to their stories, such as bottles of red nail polish next to a pile of books titled "What Goes with Blood Red, Anyway?" and bowls of candy -- especially Hershey's Kisses. Romance novels generated $1.
June 6, 1992
I read with interest Kenneth Turan's review of "Far and Away" (" 'Far': Panoramic Period Piece," May 22). Turan pines for the bygone days of John Ford et al., and I can't blame him. What goes unsaid is that the writers from those halcyon days came, to a great degree, from the American theater, where plot, character development and dialogue are essential. It is unfortunate that today theater is largely ignored. Norman Mailer once suggested that the way to judge what is art is whether you learn from it. How can we know if we won't see it or, worse, aren't allowed to see it?
November 7, 2008 |
NEW YORK -- Last winter, Nobel laureate Toni Morrison received a phone call from Sen. Barack Obama, then the underdog to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. Obama had contacted Morrison to ask for her support. But before they got into politics, the author and the candidate chatted about literature.