Diane Leach

Diane Leach has a Master's Degree in English Literature from Humboldt State University. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New Mobility, and The Collagist. She can be reached at [email protected]

Features // 5 Articles
Columns // 4 Articles
Reviews // 209 Articles
Blogs // 53 Articles

Ayn Rand and the World She Made | 8 Nov 2009 // 3:59 PM

Ayn Rand set out to remake reality as if it were an ill-fitting dress: by sheer will, she tried to fashion a Balenciaga gown from a housedress.

Moonwalking | 7 Jul 2009 // 5:00 PM

My God, could that man dance. Michael Jackson moved like the love child of Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse.


2013 Was a Fine Year to Have Your Head In a Book | 12 Jan 2014 // 9:05 PM

Five books published in 2013 that stayed with me, that I found myself urging on others, that I now say to you, Hey! Read this!

Riding Into a Nightmare: 'A Train in Winter' | 22 Jan 2012 // 4:00 PM

Caroline Moorehead's A Train In Winter, like Daniel Mendelsohn's The Lost, leaves nothing to the imagination, a decision that makes reading it simultaneously engrossing and deeply disturbing.


Joan Didion Bio 'The Last Love Song' Is an Example of What We Tell Ourselves When Our Subject Won't | 29 Sep 2015 // 9:04 PM

Tracy Daugherty's well-meaning but misguided biography of Joan Didion is marred by supposition and stylistic mimicking.

Margaret Atwood's Latest, 'The Heart Goes Last', Takes Us Back to Our Future Dystopia | 15 Sep 2015 // 2:30 AM

True love ultimately endures in The Heart Goes Last, but so do the real terrors ever-present in Atwood's novels.


When the Past Sits at Your Dinner Table: 'The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook' | 9 Jul 2015 // 6:00 AM

Fania Lewando wrote the first European vegetarian cookbook in Yiddish. Then the Nazis the came.

The Struggle for Literacy, the Need for Booze, the Bay Area Book Festival | 22 Jun 2015 // 5:53 AM

As the Bay Area Rapid Transit escalator carried me upward, toward the first annual Bay Area Book Festival (6th and 7th, June), I repeated my new mantra. I would buy no books.

//Mixed media

Con Brio: The Best New Live Band in America?

// Notes from the Road

"There’s a preciousness to McCarter and the rest of the mostly young band. You want to freeze the moment, to make sure they are taking it all in too. Because it’s going to change.

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