How Does This Story End?

“The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists.” –Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism ¤ Let’s begin with a warning. Before fascism takes hold in Sinclair Lewis’s vision of dystopic America, the…

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Book Review: “Behind Her Eyes” Explores Astral Travel

“We’re all keeping secrets,” muses Louise, the protagonist in Sarah Pinborough’s new young adult thriller Behind Her Eyes. Louise’s words reflect the novel’s theme of deception that is wrapped up in an enthralling journey – a journey of sporadic clues and a mad scramble to piece together the truth. Louise is a single mom living…

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A Word with Junot Diaz

Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize winning author, opens up to me about his family, his life and struggles. The man behind Drown, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and This is How You Lose Her is not usually an open book. On this day he was. Kind of. I had reached out to Diaz, after he visited…

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Little Xeroxed Books: A Life in Zines

A zine is a tiny book that you make on your own. It can be about anything. People capture the story of their lives in zines, little diaries and time capsules folded down the center. An abridged version of “magazine” or “fanzine”, zines have been reproducing the voices of people on the fringes since their…

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Growing Up with Meg Cabot

What do you get when you put a princess in combat boots or a hot 100-year old ghost in a high school girl’s bedroom? Two hit young adult series and a foundation on which to build a chick-lit empire. When Meg Cabot published the first entries in her Mediator and Princess Diaries series in 2000,…

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Talking Sherlock Holmes with Bonnie MacBird

Roughly ten seconds into our Skype conversation, Bonnie MacBird asks if I’d like to see Baker Street. As a fellow Sherlock Holmes fanatic, I immediately assent. She lifts her laptop and spirits my cyber-self over to the window of her London hotel room, where she is promoting her newly-released Sherlock Holmes pastiche novel, Art in the Blood….

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POETRY FOR THE PEOPLE: Poetry in Highland Park

video & photograph by STEPHANIE CASE The literary arts are blossoming inside Avenue 50 Studio, where poet Jessica Ceballos hosts a diverse mix of poetry readings, open mics and writing programs for the greater Highland Park community. Ceballos is a third-generation Angeleno who sees the value in deepening the L.A. narrative by bringing light to the city’s underrepresented…

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