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Books: The trouble with publishing accused harassers; Ernie, Bert and authorial intent; the Brown family dynasty; and more book news

Books: The trouble with publishing accused harassers; Ernie, Bert and authorial intent; the Brown family dynasty; and more book news
  • Books: The trouble with publishing accused harassers; Ernie, Bert and authorial intent; the Brown family dynasty; and more book news FWC: Books: The trouble with publishing accused harassers; Ernie, Bert and authorial intent; the Brown family dynasty; and more book news

    Welcome! It’s sunny here in El Segundo. I’m Carolyn Kellogg with not one but two essays from Critics at Large this week, because it has been a big week for cultural questions in the world of books. Let’s get started. THE FIRST BIG ESSAY Critic at Large Laila Lalami looks at two big recent essays…

  • Robert Englund returns as Freddy Krueger for The Goldbergs FWC: Robert Englund returns as Freddy Krueger for The Goldbergs

    As Stephen King once wrote, “Sometimes they come back,” and such is the case for iconic movie monsters. Despite several assurances to fans that he was retiring the role, Robert Englund will return as Freddy Krueger, only there’s a catch: it’s for ABC’s The Goldbergs. Yes, the unabashedly nostalgic sitcom will pay homage to Wes Craven’s 1984 classic with a…

  • Suge Knight's image as thug and feared enforcer crumbled in court FWC: Suge Knight’s image as thug and feared enforcer crumbled in court

    Suge Knight was almost always cheery in court. Whenever the judge overseeing his murder case cracked a sarcastic aside, the former rap impresario belly laughed so hard his broad shoulders bounced for several seconds. Where he could, he slipped compliments to Judge Ronald S. Coen. “I trust you,”…

  • Why fall is Southern California’s prime season for planting — and plant sales FWC: Why fall is Southern California’s prime season for planting — and plant sales

    Northern gardeners may be coiling hoses and hanging up their shovels, but we’re just getting started here in and around Los Angeles, with stocked-up nurseries and six weeks’ worth of upcoming plant sales at arboretums and public gardens throughout the region. Why? Because fall is Southern California’s…

  • Dillon Francis “Translates” Lyrics From Spanish Album & He’s Just Plain Wrong [WATCH] FWC: Dillon Francis “Translates” Lyrics From Spanish Album & He’s Just Plain Wrong [WATCH]

    TRL is back on, or at least some really awkward, wannabe version of it is. But we’re not here to talk about the poorly dressed set or severe lack of a live studio audience presence — the fact that there’s not one teenager screaming their heads off for their favorite artist. We’re here for Dillon Francis. The producer recently met…

  • Essential California: Knowing 'Suge' Knight FWC: Essential California: Knowing ‘Suge’ Knight

    Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It is Saturday, Sept. 22. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend: TOP STORIES Rap impresario Marion “Suge” Knight long had a fearsome reputation in the music industry. He helped popularize and market the thug rapper archetype…

  • Vintage SoCal: An artistic reuse in Lincoln Heights FWC: Vintage SoCal: An artistic reuse in Lincoln Heights

    The historic facade of this former Edison Electric substation in Lincoln Heights still recalls its origins. The industrial-vibe structure was built in 1922 — the same year the Hollywood Bowl opened and President Warren G. Harding enjoyed the first radio in the White House. The structure’s inside,…

  • Max Borghi darts 13 yards for rushing touchdown to start second half FWC: Max Borghi darts 13 yards for rushing touchdown to start second half

    Gardner Minshew rolled through the USC defense for a scoring drive that ended with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Dezmon Patmon. With the score, Washington State took a 24-14 lead over USC late in the second quarter. Minslew wore down the Trojan defense with 11 plays, completing seven of his nine pass attempts on the drive to set up Washington…