"... behind every lurid desire lies a grace waiting to overwhelm you into seeing the world differently"
-- Tim Parrish on Denis Johnson's theology in Jesus on the Mainline
"... a man dressed as an elf allegedly told the mall Santa that he was carrying dynamite"
-- AJC, Man dressed as elf causes mall evacuation
Jesus, Denis Johnson and Lou Reed
David Foster Wallace's last work
Pynchon in California, 64-70
Best books never translated
The journalists in jail
Writing about war
The jazz loft project
Your best photo 2009
Langston Hughes in jazz
Stuart Little is not a mouse
What Roberto Bolaño read
Evolution and Brit birdfeeders
Top ten singers who can't sing
Lonliness spreads like a virus
Raymond Carver was the rage
5-part interview with Rene Girard
What happened to Cornel West?
No principle of charity in reading
Trotsky bio and history falsification
Books as sculpture and art objects
Science -- webcast brain dissection
Place your particle physics bets here
Apologizing for the uncool Christians
From Irish simian to Homer Simpson
"The Word of God was messing with us"
Attempting to authenticate Hitler's skull
Can a man be more than his rap sheet?
Is philosophy limited to the leisure class?
7,000-year-old corpses were cannibalized
War photographer: I just see dead people
2009's best fiction & non fiction from the LA Times
Midpoint in the postmodern Western: Way of the Gun
Raymond Carver and "this salvation of American literature"
Doctorow and Lethem write a new kind of apocalypse novel
David Hockney: the artistic equivalent of finding religion late in life
Malcolm Wells, champion of 'gentle architure,' dies at 83. May he rest in peace.