In books: Huston, Mitchell, Bialosky and money keeps walking
Allegra Huston, the daughter of Ricki Soma, grew up a Huston -- as in director John and actress Angelica. When Ricki died in a car wreck, 4-year-old Allegra went to live with the Huston clan. At 12, she learned that her biological father was someone else entirely; years later, she "decided to write this magazine piece about my two fathers and how lucky I felt to have them both." That piece was the beginnings of "Love Child," the story of an unusual childhood and fragmentary history. She tells the L.A. Times:
Other pieces are coming together in the L.A. Times serial novel, "Money Walks." Written collaboratively by L.A.-based fiction writers, all of whom will appear at the L.A. Times Festival of Books, "Money Walks" follows the mystery of disappearing money and the intersecting lives of a reverend, some petty crooks and Bunny, a rich lady with an oxygen tank (so far). Today's chapter is written by Aimee Bender; in it, Bunny does a lot of clapping.
But she uses both hands -- which would leave no puzzle for translator and zen scholar Stephen Mitchell. He talks to Susan Salter Reynolds on the release of "The Second Book of the Tao." The book, Salter Reynolds writes:
Asked to elaborate, he says: "I have no pretensions to scholarship. I just love to play with the Taoist masters. For them, nothing is sacred. The best tribute is contradiction."
In Jill Bialosky's powerful new collection of poems, "Intruder," reviewer Bernadette Murphy sees continuity: "She knits throughout this keenly live collection a visceral thread that ties the poet inextricably to her reader." In the opening poem, "Demon Lover," lovers watch snow falling.
Will you stay with me?
I won't leave, she said.
I must go then, said the lover.
There's more online in L.A. Times books.
-- Carolyn Kellogg