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Confessions of an E-Book Virgin

Dave Astor | Posted 12.21.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

Some people continued to ride a horse-and-buggy after many other people switched to cars. Maybe I'm one of those late-adopter types. But at least for now, I'm sticking with print books.

A Dearth of Mirth at the End of Many Great Novels

Dave Astor | Posted 12.11.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

After just finishing The House of Mirth, I'm reminded once again that many great novels don't have happy endings.

Review: The Ides of March

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.05.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If you're too high-minded to get down in the mud with your opponent -- but your opponent can grab victory by playing dirty -- who's the winner?

Authors Who Are Famous For The Wrong Book | John Self | Posted 09.18.2011 | Books

Why is it that the book for which an author is best known is rarely their best? If history is the final judge of literary achievement, why has a title...

'A Thousand Twangling Instruments'

Tamsin Smith | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tamsin Smith

Suffering is not the opposite of joy -- they are foreground and background. One unfolds and magnifies the other. When a smile can be forged from anguish, then it's a thing of beauty and truth.

Aldous Huxley's Brave New Storybook | PAMELA PAUL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Teenagers may know Aldous Huxley as the author of "Brave New World" (assigned in tandem with "1984" in a unit on political horrors) and as the guy who...

Things Could Be Worse: 12 Dystopian Novels You Should Read

Peter Steinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Peter Steinberg

Dozens of states on the brink of bankruptcy. Congress in upheaval. Half a dozen countries in the Middle East on the brink of revolution and unemployment stuck at about 9%.

WATCH: 'Harvard Psychedelic Club'

Don Lattin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Don Lattin

Here's some rare footage of an experimental LSD session that I came across doing research for my next book, a group biography of British writer Aldou...

The Reading List: New Books About Los Angeles

Los Angeles Magazine | Wendy Witherspoon  | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Every month Los Angeles Magazine highlights titles of local interest that are hitting the bookshelves. Here's what's new....

No Time?

The Guardian | John Crace | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Lolita. Light of my life. Lo. Li. Ta Very Much. If you wonder where my peculiar interests came from, I should have to say it started when I was 13 wit...

Is Monday Night Football Our Culture's Soma?

Kyle Shamberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Kyle Shamberg

The never-ending carousel of pro sports gives us a never-ending soma to throw back. MNF is only the most obvious, and the grandest spectacle, of the drug.

Three Books To Take You On That Long, Strange Trip

NPR | Don Lattin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

It's been a half-century since Timothy Leary, a research psychologist at Harvard University, swallowed some magic mushrooms down in Mexico and decided...

Who Says All Religions Are the Same?

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

The truth is, religions are both different and alike, depending on where one looks. And we need to look at the whole picture, because when we lean too far in either direction we lose our balance.

Philip K. Dick Needed A Co-Author

The Guardian | Darragh McManus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Dick took outlandish, almost inconceivable ideas and worked them through, making them real and plausible through the strictures and structures of a fo...

A Tale of Two Sisters: Hollywood's Longest Running Feud

John Farr | Posted 06.24.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

It is exceedingly strange and more than a little sad that actresses Olivia de Havilland, 94, and her sister Joan Fontaine, 93, have been estranged for many years, the result of an intense sibling rivalry which has never dissipated.

Why Obama Dissed the Internet, and Why the Internet Doesn't Get It

Alex Pasternack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alex Pasternack

Obama's point IT's ability to distract us isn't that new technology allows for too many divergent views. It's that the internet narrows opinion to a few fairly predictable and easily reproducible one-liners.

Sleep: Memory, Technology And The Future

Richard Laermer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Richard Laermer

Despite the initial promise of sleep learning, the general consensus in the scientific community is that such research is outdated. However, the same collective seems to be taking another look at sleep now.