| Aug 30, 2012
**1/2 (out of four)
Last week's “The Apparition” contained an alarming lack of skill. So “The Awakening” represents a certain corrective because it disturbs for reasons other than nearly everyone involved in the horror movie not...
| Aug 17, 2012
| 5:48 PM
There's probably some great psychology/sociology book out there that analyzes why we like ghost stories, why they appear in nearly every culture, and why they're generally the first horror concept each culture develops. Presumably it has something to do...
| May 10, 2012
| 3:57 PM
It's almost that time of year to gather around the ol' campfire and tell the tale of the ghost bridges of Mansfield Hollow.
What? You've never heard about the ghost bridges of Mansfield Hollow? How, on nights of the full moon, you can hear them...
| Apr 26, 2008
By Alan Cheuse
Virgil's epic poem "The Aeneid" may not be on everyone's reading shelf, and even for those who have read the poem, the figure of Lavinia may not come easily to mind. As Ursula K. Le Guin points out in the afterword to her sublimely...
| May 24, 2008
Watching the Spring Festival
By Frank Bidart
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 58 pages, $25
The subject of Frank Bidart's new collection, "Watching the Spring Festival," is the construction of artifice, and the poems tackle some of art's largest themes....
| Apr 5, 2008
By Sarah F. Gold
In Siri Hustvedt's fictional world, memory is malleable and the border between memory and dreams is porous. Psychoanalyst Erik Davidsen, narrator of "The Sorrows of an American," Hustvedt's fourth novel, is a professional interpreter of...
| Jul 9, 2008
The former Masonic Temple in downtown Glendale is an old, decrepit and some say haunted building -- a venue perhaps more suited to Hollywood horror flicks than the plays of Shakespeare, Beckett or Molière.
For nearly 17 years, the nine-story structure on...
| Apr 4, 2010
The iron chain falls with a clang as the old man steps into the dark, deserted hallway of Linda Vista Community Hospital. Lights flicker and a stench of mold hangs in the air. Down the main corridor, a lone metal gurney rests against a wall.
| Nov 1, 2009
Even after the costumes are worn, the candy collected and the ghoulish jack-o'-lantern turned back into a pumpkin, Halloween doesn't have to be over -- if you are willing to be entertained by a good ghost story.
Almost anywhere you look in Southern...
| May 16, 2010
The Eyes of Willie McGee
A Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in the Jim Crow South
Harper: 404 pp., $26.99
In Jim Crow's dark closet, countless skeletons lie moldering and forgotten. For every "cold case" prosecution that brings a doddering...
| Feb 14, 2010
As Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor describe it, there was no need for the cast of Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer" to have long, philosophical discussions about the movie's creepy real-life parallels.
It wasn't necessary, for example, to dissect...