| Oct 6, 2011
| 8:28 AM
The second-greatest mystery ever to come out of Sweden – the first being "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and its novelistic siblings by the late Stieg Larsson – is the annual speculation about who will receive the Nobel Prize in literature....
| Sep 6, 2011
| 11:55 AM
With unemployment high, consumer confidence battered and the general outlook as grim as a Cormac McCarthy novel, Barack Obama may have virtually no chance of victory in 2012. Or so I thought until his Homeland Security chief, Janet Napolitano, offered a...
| May 1, 2011
The Sisters Brothers
Ecco: 336 pp., $24.99
If Cormac McCarthy had a sense of humor, he might have concocted a story like Patrick deWitt's bloody, darkly funny western "The Sisters Brothers."
It's 1851, and Eli and Charlie...
| Dec 7, 2011
| 7:50 AM
It Chooses You, by Miranda July (McSweeney's, 2011)
The filmmaker/artist/poet/fiction writer Miranda July is well-known for her movies, whose moods share a kind of charming sincerity with that of her other work. Last month, July's first attempt at...
| Jan 19, 2011
When it comes to the crime-based fiction that long has played such an important role in the literary life of Los Angeles, we're living through what amounts to a golden age.
The dark ecstasies of James Ellroy, Michael Connelly's artful probing of the...
| Feb 7, 2011
| 8:35 AM
"The Sunset Limited" is drama stripped bare, with two actors in their prime tackling life's major issues. As such, it needs to be incredibly strong.
And HBO's movie, airing Saturday, Feb. 12, is.
Why are we here? Is there a God? Is life worth living?...
| Feb 11, 2011
| 1:50 PM
One thing to know about our book club: Our book club includes nine women and four men. We like the fact that our group has members of both sexes because it brings different perspectives to our discussions.
We call ourselves the Gammy Birds, which is...
| May 31, 2012
| 6:54 AM
Late last night, Baltimore noise-maestro Dan Deacon took to Twitter to point fans to "Lots," the first song from his forthcoming album, "America," due Aug. 28 on Domino.
Deacon, the most recognizable face of Baltimore's Wham City art collective, has been...
| Mar 14, 2012
Thank you, "Mass Effect 3."
The year's first blockbuster has whet our appetites for an incredible slate of high-end releases and potential sleeper hits due in the coming months.
And "Game Cache," b's new gaming blog, will be all over them. We'll be...
| Jul 30, 2012
| 9:09 AM
We never seem to lose our appetite for stories about the end of the world. And novelist Peter Heller has written a good one. The Dog Stars reads a little like Cormac McCarthy’s The Road mixed with Mad Max, Contagion, Jack London and issues of...
| Jan 6, 2012
| 9:28 AM
As director, Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones casts another excellent actor - Samuel L. Jackson - opposite him in this intense two-person drama, an adaptation of a novel by Cormac McCarthy ("No Country for Old Men") first shown on HBO.
Jones plays a...