| Aug 23, 2012
Zero stars (out of four)
In the astoundingly incompetent “The Apparition,” the most legitimate conversation involves a debate about whether or not Costco sells saguaro cacti.
Good news, green thumbs; it appears they do.
Pretty much every...
| 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...
| 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...
| May 30, 2010
One of the first lessons any writer should learn is that where you start isn't necessarily where you end up and that your defining books are often beyond your control. Michael Koryta arrived auspiciously at the authorial gates when his first novel,...
| Sep 27, 2009
A few years ago, while abroad for a summer semester in England, I flew over to Ireland for a short vacation over the Bank Holiday weekend. I spent much of the time in Dublin but before getting there, I had a day's layover in Belfast. And though one only...
| 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...
| Oct 31, 2008
In an ornate, late-19th-century building on downtown Orlando's historic Church Street, a trendy Spanish tapas bar and restaurant is abuzz with tourists and locals. Upbeat rhythms from Seville fill the air.
But Emilio San Martín says there is a ghostly...
| 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...