Los Angeles in Two Parts (June 18, 2003)

Book Show: I steer a brand-new four-door Cadillac through Koreatown, which is much larger than I imagined. Block after block of Korean restaurants and banks and groceries, the rooftops where proprietors stood with rifles to dissuade looters during the Rodney King riots. I haven’t been in downtown in the city of angels since Morgan Hatch […]

Ellroy Confidential

What happens when America’s darkest crime writer sees the light?https://www.1843magazine.com/features/james-ellroy-finally-has-happiness-in-his-sights

A Peaceable Disposition

Mine is a peaceable disposition,” Heinrich Heine writes in his journals, declaring simple wishes: a humble cottage, some fine trees out front. But “if God wants to make my happiness complete,” he adds, “he will grant me the joy of seeing some six or seven of my enemies hanging from those trees. Before their death […]

Who Killed Olof Palme?

Thirty years ago Sweden’s prime minister was shot on one of Stockholm’s busiest streets. The killer has never been found. https://www.theguardian.com/news/2019/may/16/olof-palme-sweden-prime-minister-unsolved-murder-new-evidence

Trollope on a Yankee Steamboat

      My first complaint would be against the great heat of the cabins. The Americans as a rule live in an atmosphere which is almost unbearable to an Englishman. To this cause, I am convinced, is to be attributed their thin faces, their pale skins, their unenergetic temperament,—unenergetic as regards physical motion,—and their early old […]

Luis Bunuel on Salvador Dali

“As a young man he [Dali] was totally asexual. Of course, he’s seduced many, particularly American heiresses; but those seductions usually entailed stripping them naked in his apartment, frying a couple of eggs, putting them on the women’s shoulders, and, without a word, showing them to the door.”

The People’s History of California

      When muckraker and novelist Upton Sinclair decided to make a third run for the California governor’s mansion in the election of 1934, he released an innovative piece of campaign literature to launch his bid. Titled I, Governor of California—And How I Ended Poverty, the novella-length tract contained an imaginative text titled “The People’s History […]

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