Books

Culture(d)—May 2012
May 2012

Culture(d)—May 2012

In the realm of arts + ideas: Cleopatra reigns supreme, La Cienega spiffs up, Carroll Dunham gets his due

Q+LA Heidi Murkoff
May 2012

Q+LA Heidi Murkoff

An unexpected media empress makes her move on Hollywood, as What to Expect When You’re Expecting goes big screen

Mysterious Sweden
April 2012

Mysterious Sweden

Swedish crime-fiction expert John-Henri Holmberg brings you the Nordic noir invasion

Tails of the City
April 2012

Tails of the City

Noir comes on little cat feet; a graphic story penned especially for LA readers

The Way of the Gun
April 2012

The Way of the Gun

The crime-fiction heroes of noir’s most popular writers opine on the steely tools of their trade

Joseph Wambaugh & Michael Connelly: One-on-One
April 2012

Joseph Wambaugh & Michael Connelly: One-on-One

READ the full article on the conversation between the two iconic authors >

Rhythm + Blue
April 2012

Rhythm + Blue

Old friends Joseph Wambaugh and Michael Connelly talk cops, conflict and the eternal mystery that is Los Angeles

Dark Wave
April 2012

Dark Wave

Noir enthusiast Denise Hamilton proves the undertow of surf culture isn't as fun, fun, fun as you’d think

Ten Most Wanted
April 2012

Ten Most Wanted

A year in crime fiction, curated by Mysterious Bookshop maestro Otto Penzler

Q+LA Elmore Leonard
April 2012

Q+LA Elmore Leonard

The master of snap, crackle and pop crime fiction on hard-boiled masters, the jargon of Justified—and Raylan Givens’ iconic Stetson

Editor’s Letter—April 2012
April 2012

Editor’s Letter—April 2012

In a special tribute to the nuances of noir, the best of the genre weighs in on books, bad guys and weapons of choice

Character Witness
March 2012

Character Witness

Biographers take you inside the art and science of their craft—and it's not as tame as you may think

Editor’s Letter—March 2012
March 2012

Editor’s Letter—March 2012

On Lily Collin’s magical spell, spring fashion’s wallop of color—and the new trend seeping into cocktails

Culture(d)—February 2012
February 2012

Culture(d)—February 2012

Arts + ideas: John Dickinson on the block, Richard Diebenkorn back to the future—and Ming Wong’s Chinatown sojourn

Holiday Gift Guide
December 2011

Holiday Gift Guide

No gimmicks here, just our straight-up annual guide to the best in holiday presents for you and yours.

Culture(d)—December 2011
December 2011

Culture(d)—December 2011

This month: art with a personal touch, art for the masses—and art from the fashion forward.

Editor’s Letter—December 2011
December 2011

Editor’s Letter—December 2011

The things that unite our city can be found in all corners.

Culture(d)—November 2011
November 2011

Culture(d)—November 2011

In the realm of arts + ideas: A noncolor color gets its due, Destroy All Monsters lives—and Quarterly Co. gives a piece of the Web.

Editor’s Letter—November 2011
November 2011

Editor’s Letter—November 2011

From chefs to stars, people are dishing this month. See what’s being served.

Culture(d)—October 2011
October 2011

Culture(d)—October 2011

In the realm of arts+ideas: didactic decor, KAWS for cartoons—and High Desert hijinks

Culture(d)—August 2011
August 2011

Culture(d)—August 2011

Brothers Grimm tales, verklempt over Vermeer and L.A.'s upcoming FYF-dom.

Pretty Tough
April 2011

Pretty Tough

Originally victims and femme fatales, the women of today’s mystery fiction are now as damaged and complex as their male counterparts.

Sunset on Sunset
April 2011

Sunset on Sunset

A street of dreams, a time of day, a state of mind...and an LA exclusive graphic tale.

Dark Passages
April 2011

Dark Passages

First and foremost a scholar in noir, Otto Penzler picks his 10 favorite lines from the best the genre has to offer on the silver screen.

Serenity Now
March 2011

Serenity Now

In the latest edition of the Lonely Hearts Book Club, we find reads sure to get you off the couch and back in the groove.

Printed Matter
March 2011

Printed Matter

A library of design surprises awaits at vintage-furniture emporium Reform.

The Source Michael Connelly
March 2011

The Source Michael Connelly

The bestselling author shares the roller coaster of seeing his Lincoln Lawyer go from book to big screen.

Culture(d)—February 2011
February 2011

Culture(d)—February 2011

In the realm of arts and ideas—from a rapper’s delight to Variations of Jane Fonda to John Waters’ vaudeville for a new generation.

Eclipse of  the Heart
January 2011

Eclipse of the Heart

Reads you need when the cushion of lifelong friendship feels a bit lumpy.

Culture(d)—January 2011
January 2011

Culture(d)—January 2011

In the realm of arts and ideas, from seminal photography tomes to art shows for the generations.

Culture(d)—November 2010
November 2010

Culture(d)—November 2010

This month, an eclectic sampling of the Los Angeles art scene, including a Michael Kohn retrospective, Raphael’s Madonna and Andy Warhol camos.

The Illusion of Allusion
October 2010

The Illusion of Allusion

For a lady who isn't all she seems—and for the rest of us who may not be either—Lonely Hearts Book Club pulls a little poetic bait and switch.

Culture(d)—October 2010
October 2010

Culture(d)—October 2010

It's a decidedly photographic bent with a William Eggleston exhibition at LACMA, a book on reefer films and a tribute to Julius Shulman.

When the Fur Flies
September 2010

When the Fur Flies

Put your jealousy in a doggie bag and chew on these suggestions from the Lonely Hearts Book Club team.

Culture(d)—September 2010
September 2010

Culture(d)—September 2010

To honor the Mexican bicentennial, museums are showcasing murals, posters, tattoos and street art; plus, a Santa Monica Glow.

Into the Wild
August 2010

Into the Wild

For those of you not so enamored of the outdoors, let us suggest a reading list with a pastoral motif and a Mother Nature flavor.

Bound for Glory
August 2010

Bound for Glory

Michael Tuttle has carved his unique literary niche as a personal-library preservationist in a world of iPads and Kindles.

My Sister, Myself
July 2010

My Sister, Myself

Lonely Hearts Book Club tackles the highs and very decided lows of the female sibling relationship.

Can’t Be Too Thin
June 2010

Can’t Be Too Thin

Too busy multitasking to settle in for a long read? How about some short-story suggestions just perfect for those fleeting minutes before sleep.

The Slow Fade from B&W into Color
April 2010

The Slow Fade from B&W into Color

There's more diversity in noir than you might think—Denise Hamilton proves it.

Basic Black
April 2010

Basic Black

Twenty essential books and films that form the foundation for that specialty genre known as L.A. noir.

Wanderlusting...
April 2010

Wanderlusting...

This month Mack & Kaufman respond to a request for romantic getaways to far-off lands, some imaginary, others real.

Overheard—Philip Marlowe
April 2010

Overheard—Philip Marlowe

Public aphorisms of the quintessential private investigator.

It’s All Relative
March 2010

It’s All Relative

This month's suggestions focus on family dysfunction and the books that can provide solace and amusement.

Out of the Depths
January 2010

Out of the Depths

This month: Reads to get the woebegone woman going again.

Helplessly Hoping
November 2009

Helplessly Hoping

"I’ve been dating this man for three years, and he still won’t commit. Okay, the truth is he’s married to someone else." Is there a band-aid for this pain? You'd be surprised where relief can be found...

A Woman Scorned...
October 2009

A Woman Scorned...

Salvation for a love gone wrong doesn't always have to be revenge. Sometimes a good hard read is all ya need.

Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man
September 2009

Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man

Melissa in Brentwood wonders if she should stand by her man. The answer? Remedies in the written word include Lady Chatterley's Lover and The Portrait of a Lady.

The Write Direction
August 2009

The Write Direction

Jack S. in Beverly Hills is looking for a smart and sexy read. The answer? Remedies in the written word include Tom Wolfe, T.C. Boyle, John McPhee, Tobias Wolff and Roberto Bolaño.

The Style List—April 2009
April 2009

The Style List—April 2009

This month's must-experience list includes the Los Angeles Antiques Show, Golden State on Fairfax, Encore in Las Vegas, and the work of John Hardy and Patricia Urquiola.