Conversations on the written word from the Los Angeles Review of Books and KCRW.
A Couple LA Writers, a Couple EuropeansCulture
Reza Aslan's "Zealot" tops bestseller lists from Amazon to the New York Times. Also this week, new books by Aimee Bender, Niccolò Ammaniti, and Javier Marías.
Mike Davis, in "City of Quartz," famously said that L.A. is made up of equal parts sunshine and noir. Here are three recent books squarely in the diverse tradition.
New Nonfiction that Reads like FictionCulture
Three new books on power and excess read like novels, full of larger than life characters, regular plot twists, conspiracies and connivances, reversals and revelations.
Three Great Novels from Local WritersCulture
Percival Everett, Marisa Silver, and Alex Espinoza all write about Los Angeles and all have deep ties to Southern California.
Crying and Doing NothingCulture
Tom Lutz discusses two nonfiction books on tears and a collection of stories by one of our best known slacker authors.
Two important authors kick off book tours here this week, legendary fiction writer Jamaica Kincaid and nonfiction provocateur David Shields.
A New Nonfiction ScandalCulture
We've had William Frey, Mike Daisy, and John D'Agata, now it's Dave Eggers's turn.
Jonestown; Sweet Tooth; Exotic PetsCulture
Three new books, one an oral history of one of the most horrific events of the 1970's, and two novels -- one from England and one from Los Angeles.
More from KCRW
Meet Bertha Mason, the Midwest's favorite pie-baking drag queenFood & Drink
If RuPaul, Rose Nylund, and Julia Child had a baby, she'd be Bertha Mason, a Midwestern, pie-baking drag queen with a killer sour cream and raisin pie recipe.
Weekend film reviews: ‘John Wick: Chapter 4,’ ‘A Good Person,’ moreEntertainment
Critics review the latest film releases: “John Wick: Chapter 4,” “A Good Person,” “Tori and Lokita,” and “The Lost King.”
Young Creators Project: Photographer Sophie Weil captures concert thrillsArts
Eagle Rock-based photographer Sophie Weil is part of KCRW’s Young Creators Project visual arts showcase. She talks about her experimental photography.