| Jan 21, 2011
| 3:35 PM
By Stephen SavageScholastic, $16.99, ages 3-6
As we move from page to page, seeking a runaway walrus pursued by his zookeeper, there can be two sorts of pleasure on each page. The number of people amongst whom the walrus seeks to...
| May 25, 2011
| 4:28 PM
According to the Valley Sun (“City inches toward sound walls,” May 19) The City Council has decided to take steps toward erecting sound walls along the 210 Freeway through our city. That may be good news. On the other hand, what kind of...
| Mar 7, 2011
The "Mona Lisa" is lying on the living room floor of a house in LaPorte, Ind.
It was removed from the wall so that Barbara and Earl Miller could find room for another, larger painting, Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks."
This "painting" and many others ...
| Jun 27, 2012
| 8:28 AM
The answer to the question posed in my own headline headline is "No." “Mad Men” did not jump any kind of shark in its fifth season, but maybe it tripped over a manta ray or some lesser ocean predator.
[Warning: spoilers ahead—and, I...
| Jul 8, 2012
The San Gabriel Mountains rise to imposing heights behind a tiny rural outpost. An alpine lake in the Sierra lies still in a frame of snowdrifts, rocky peaks and moss-covered stones. A narrow path disappears into a field of yellow flowers stretching...
| Jul 21, 2011
| 9:28 AM
Let painters loose in historic Ellicott City, and they'll quickly create enough pretty pictures to fill an art gallery. The pictorial proof is hanging on the walls of the Howard County Arts Council, which is located just a short drive away from the...
| Jan 10, 2009
When times are good, artists and writers get the support they need, enriching city life in unquantifiable ways. But when the economy heads south or the rich lose interest, artists are among the first to suffer. Today we're hearing predictions of fewer...
| Oct 31, 2007
THE white marble counter top veined in gray is cool to the touch. I take a sip of Vermentino, enjoying its delicate minerality, and look over the menu at Osteria Mozza, which might be the hardest reservation in town right now. But for me, the best seat in...
| Dec 3, 2007
| 1:26 PM
Storming the Gates of Paradise
Landscapes for Politics
University of California Press: 416 pp., $24.95
By Bill McKibben Special to The Times
In one of the best essays in this sterling collection, activist Rebecca Solnit describes...
| Dec 10, 2009
Why, one wonders, would anyone feel the need to illustrate the lyrics of the most evocative of modern songwriters? Do such Bob Dylan lines as "Pistol shots ring out in the barroom night," "I've walked and I've crawled on six crooked highways" or "the...
| Nov 12, 2008
Studs Terkel, who died last month at the age of 96, was America's most popular oral historian.
Though never a "writer" of the first rank, he nevertheless was a unique contributor to American letters and a vital link to the current of idealistic...