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Even Creatives Need To Follow A Routine

Sophie Andrews | Posted 02.14.2017 | Business
Sophie Andrews

Creative entrepreneurs need to source this inspiration on a regular basis to fuel their work and their passions.

What Price Kerouac? "The Joan Anderson Letter" Auctioned at Christie's

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.19.2016 | Books
Regina Weinreich

Two Joans were on display at Christie's on June 16, one was the much-missed Joan Rivers with a sampling of her sequined gowns adorning mannequins in t...

Time to Honor San Francisco's Controversial Literary Son Jack London

Jonah Raskin | Posted 06.03.2016 | Arts
Jonah Raskin

On the 100th anniversary of his death, young readers who would like to learn about Jack London might turn to his San Francisco-inspired works. Die-hard fans might reread the books that brought them joy as youngsters.

Shakespeare at 400, Jack London at 100: Genius Lives

Jonah Raskin | Posted 04.27.2016 | Arts
Jonah Raskin

In William Shakespeare's comedy, "As You Like It, a traveler named Jaques waxes poetical in lines that have achieved literary immortality.

The Story Of That Marvelous Hero

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 11.16.2016 | Los Angeles
Lionel Rolfe

A few days ago, Judith Aller, a prominent concert violinist and conductor in Europe and America, wrote me a note saying that her now dead husband's film about screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was going to be premiered--and asked me if I wanted to go.

'The Promise,' A Conversation With Robert Crais

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.10.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Robert Crais, known to lovers of suspense and crime novels for having written many New York Times bestsellers, including Suspect and Taken, has just completed The Promise, his twentieth novel and the latest in his Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series.

Democratic Socialism Has Deep Roots in American Life

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 11.03.2016 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

If the political pundits would look around, they would even discover a significant number of prominent U.S. democratic socialists at work in a variety of fields. These and many other democratic socialists, among them Bernie Sanders, have played an important role in American life.

Benjamin Goldstein's Sisyphean Jack London

Jonah Raskin | Posted 10.12.2016 | Entertainment
Jonah Raskin

H.L. Mencken dismissed Jack London as a "jejune socialist." George Orwell noted that he had a "fascist streak." For documentary filmmaker Benjamin Goldstein, London is the "quintessential modern hero, Peter Pan, Sisyphus and existentialist."

Dawson City, Canada - Ground Zero of a Stampede: The Yukon/Klondike Gold Rush Trail on the Looney Front, Part 2

Mike Arkus | Posted 07.25.2016 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Dawson City, snug on the banks of the Yukon and Klondike rivers in Canada's far-north, now lives off its past as epicentre of one of the largest peace...

Jack London Mystery Goes On and On

Jonah Raskin | Posted 05.04.2016 | Books
Jonah Raskin

Writers, those lovers of ambiguity and paradox, live nuanced lives. Their biographies ought to be nuanced, too, and should reflect the complexities of their art and their personalities.

Rocky Mountain Highs

See.Place | Posted 06.20.2015 | Travel

Cattle ranchers, failed farmers, an area for scrawny sheep during the Great Depression... this part of the Rockies had seen its share of hardships, things going from bad to worse until one fine day there was simply no one left.

I Don't Need More Inspiration to Write--I Need More Time!

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.27.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

Writer Dinty Moore recently posted a pithy Jack London quote on his Facebook page: "You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club."

'We Have Whiskers, They Have Whiskers:' A Man's Best Friend Is His Cat

Peter Mandel | Posted 12.27.2014 | Good News
Peter Mandel

I am feeling embarrassed even as I write this, but, well, we have whiskers, they have whiskers. It is time for the cold war between men and cats to end.

Arthur Delaney

Has It Gotten Harder For Poor People To Become Famous? | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Has it gotten harder for Americans from poor backgrounds to become famous? In a new book, Unlikely Fame: Poor People Who Made History...

The Kill Switch: A Talk With James Rollins

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.14.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

James Rollins is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sigma Force series and other novels. Before pursuing a writing career, Jim obtained a degree in veterinary medicine and established a successful veterinary practice in Sacramento, California.

Talking Union

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 04.12.2014 | Media
Lionel Rolfe

Now Bernstein is gone, and the Times apparently has no one left who can or would be allowed to write intelligently about labor. Despite what you might think, Hollywood is not the only economic driver of Los Angeles.

Is This The Most Universally Appealing Novel?

Earle Labor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Earle Labor

How to account for such widespread appeal? Like Mark Twain, Jack wrote for the people--the common readers--not for the literary critics and English professors.

Roots of California Bohemia Lurk in a Hollywood Alley

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 10.27.2013 | Books
Lionel Rolfe

Maybe a block or so away from Paramount Pictures, deep in Hollywood, there's a short alley, La Vista Court, which is a real nexus of California bohemianism. It contains an unusual building with a bas relief of the great, bohemian writer Jack London.

Just Weeks From My 50th Birthday, I've Finally Learned How To Live

Robert Allen | Posted 01.09.2013 | Fifty
Robert Allen

It is hard to shake the feeling that comes with thinking that you were almost killed. But despite being physically weaker, I have become mentally tougher. Each and every day I make a concerted effort to stay in the moment. I listen more intently to people. I use love to guide me through each day.

Why Do We Like Dystopian Novels?

Dave Astor | Posted 12.19.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

War. Death. Despair. Oppression. Environmental ruin. Yup, when it comes to demoralizing literature, dystopian novels have it all! Yet many of us love this genre, and there are good reasons we do.

Author! Author! (As Writer and Character)

Dave Astor | Posted 10.03.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Authors often write what they know, so it's no surprise that many fictional characters are authors themselves.

Movie Review: The Grey

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.28.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Grey is gruesome at times, but it's also involving emotionally, as the puny mortals reveal themselves to each other in the face of something as insurmountable as the frigid Alaskan outback.

Oakland General Strike: From Radical Past to Radical Present

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 01.04.2012 | San Francisco
Nikolas Kozloff

It is perhaps fitting that it was Oakland, home to radical socialists such as Jack London as well as later black liberation figures like Huey Newton, which pushed the unique weapon of the general strike.

Hottest Authors: 12 We'd Love To Be Haunted By

Posted 12.31.2011 | Books

Ghosts and books go hand-in-hand. Be it William Shakespeare or Stephen King, writers have long been penning poltergeists. While most literary ghosts a...

Is It Best to Buy or Borrow Books?

Dave Astor | Posted 11.28.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

Now stepping into the ring: buying books vs. using a library! That bout might never make pay-per-view, but it's a contest often on the minds of avid readers.