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The Los Angeles Review of Cups

The Los Angeles Review of Cups

JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER’s new Cultivating Thought: Author Series at Chipotle has a slightly uncomfortable name. It suggests that we Chipotle patrons had just kind of been sitting here, mowing down our...

The First Book Awards

The First Book Awards

I'M SO HAPPY to welcome you all to the first Story Awards. All of us recall the night 12 moons ago when we heard the very first story, Mooluu’s “The Beast Attacked.” Who could forget the look o...

Any Port in a Shitstorm

Any Port in a Shitstorm

SHITAPILLARS, shitmoths, and all other manner of “shitisms” run amok in John Dunsworth’s book, The Dicshitnary. This compendium of “scatological eloquence” — fecal philosophy mixed with ir...

"The Pie Hole Is Mine": Mary Roach's "Gulp"

"The Pie Hole Is Mine": Mary Roach's "Gulp"

Triptych image: Gail Wight, "Stomach," 2009. ONE CAN EASILY COLLATE a list of fun facts from Mary Roach’s latest book Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal. Here are a few: Wh...

One Eyed Jack

One Eyed Jack

“I believe in telling the truth as creatively as possible.” — Buddy Mackerson. David Ogilvy, Bill Bernbach, Roger Sterling, Bert Cooper, and Don Draper are names that instantly evoke the golden...

Mock’n’Roll: Iain Ellis's "Brit Wits"

Mock’n’Roll: Iain Ellis's "Brit Wits"

ENGLISH-BORN CRITIC, essayist, novelist, and poet G. K. Chesterton once wrote: "Wit is a sword; it is meant to make people feel the point as well as see it.” This definition fits Iain Ellis’s...

Caitlin Doughty, Memoir of a Mortician

Caitlin Doughty, Memoir of a Mortician

JERRY GORIN: What surprised you most in just your first few months working in a mortuary? CAITLIN DOUGHTY: The biggest surprise for me is that I thought I was really comfortable with death, becaus...

Hrabalesque: A Guide to Rambling On

Hrabalesque: A Guide to Rambling On

IN 1988, the year before the Velvet Revolution, Bohumil Hrabal received permission to travel from his native Czechoslovakia to the “Delighted States,” as he liked to call them. A celebrated writer...

The Antichrist Accepts His Book Award

The Antichrist Accepts His Book Award

THANK YOU SO MUCH to the Times, to USC, and to everyone who worked so hard to make this evening happen.  As great an honor as this is, I can’t help but be reminded that my original...

Notes on Hack

Notes on Hack

  "Taste has no system and no proofs." — Susan Sontag, "Notes on 'Camp'"   1. TO START WITH COMEDY. There is only one unimpeachable criterion: Is it funny? But a question...