Books

  • Artist Obi Kaufmann
    PAUL COLLINS

    Blazing New Paths

    - ‘The California Field Atlas’ looks at the state’s natural beauty from every angle — and its popularity is soaring. Copies of the new book are almost impossible to keep in stock. Paul Saffo explains why.
BOOKS

Oakland Native

Tommy Orange’s dazzling debut novel, “There There,” explores the lives of native Americans in Oakland. T.J. Stiles reviews this hotly-anticipated read.

Eve Babitz first gained notoriety by playing chess in the nude with Marcel Duchamp at the artist’s 1963 retrospective at the Pasadena Art Museum.
©1963 JULIAN WASSER
BOOKS

All About Eve

With the re-release of "Black Swans: Stories" Los Angeles author and artist Eve Babitz is reestablished as a major West Coast literary icon.

"Who Killed Hunter S. Thompson?" by Warren Hinckle, 520 pages, Last Gasp, $39.95.
BOOKS

Go-Cup Journalism

Warren Hinckle's editor at the San Francisco Examiner takes us into the newsroom on a "wacko" night with the infamous muckraker — and reviews two Hinckle books in the process.

By 1969, Jann Wenner had turned Rolling Stone into the bible of rock music and popular culture. It was all downhill from there.By 1969, Jann Wenner had turned Rolling Stone into the bible of rock music and popular culture. It was all downhill from there.
BETTMAN ARCHIVES
BOOKS

Gathering Dirt

‘Sticky Fingers,’ a new biography of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone magazine, gets the sordid details right but misses the big picture.

Hollywood, circa 1905, looking south above Franklin Avenue, with Orange Drive to the right and Prospect Avenue (now Hollywood Boulevard) in the center. The white house in the center of the photo is now the site of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.Hollywood, circa 1905, looking south above Franklin Avenue, with Orange Drive to the right and Prospect Avenue (now Hollywood Boulevard) in the center. The white house in the center of the photo is now the site of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
BISON ARCHIVES AND HOLLYWOOD HISTORIC PHOTOS
BOOKS

Celluloid Heroes

Cari Beauchamp's "My First Time in Hollywood" is an anthology of annotated recollections culled from 42 pioneers in the early days of the movies.

Unmade bed at daybreakUnmade bed at daybreak
ISTOCK
BOOKS

Tightrope Walker

It may seem like overstatement to call Gina Berriault’s “Women in Their Beds” a masterpiece, but that’s what it is.