The deck on the cover story by Brendan Bernhard in the LA Weekly observes that "Bruce Wagner infects his novels with madness, celebrity, name-dropping, drugs and sex. And that's just the realism." In the piece, Bernhard writes:
In fact, he is our premier "Hollywood novelist," part of a celebrated lineage that runs from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Nathanael West, Budd Schulberg, Michael Tolkin and other witty, jaded observers of L.A.ís sun-dappled, soul-mottled, earthquake-rattled scene.
Also in this issue (or perhaps it's only on the Web, can't tell for sure), Michelle Huneven talks with Marilynne Robinson about her new novel, Gilead. And Nikki Finke predicts Oscar wins for Hilary, Jamie, Virginia, Morgan and Million Dollar Baby.