| Apr 18, 2010
Half a century ago, a middle-aged newspaperman with a few obscure books to his name sat down to pursue a pet obsession based on a story that had never sold.
The ensuing 1965 novel -- in which his agent had no confidence -- sagged at first. But within a...
| Feb 28, 2010
A Space-Time Chronicle
Harry N. Abrams: 328 pp., $55
In attending to 2009's spectacular financial crisis, you may not have noticed that it was also the International Year of Astronomy, commemorating the twin 400th...
| Feb 21, 2010
In science fiction, there's dystopia and there's utopia.
There are the dark wizards of apocalypse, terrifying us with visions of humanity's grim comeuppance. And the starry-eyed fantasists, insisting how much better the future will be than the messy,...
| Jun 21, 2009
What We Were Doing and Where We Were Going
Dalkey Archive Press: 102 pp., $12.95 paper
What do André Gide, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Yasushi Inoue, Vladimir Nabokov and Tommaso Landolfi have in common?
They are authors whose work inspired the...
| Jun 20, 2010
At one time, Los Angeles was Weimar on the Pacific: Numerous German-speaking émigrés put their stamp on the city to which they'd fled.
What with directors such as Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch, writers such as Thomas Mann and Bertolt Brecht, and...
| Nov 1, 2008
Science historian Dan Lewis opened the green cloth cover of "The Origin of Species," Charles Darwin's classic work on evolutionary biology, and flipped to Page 20.
And there, in the 11th line of text, was the telltale typo: "Speceies."
| Feb 8, 2009
The revolution was not his alone. The idea was actually an ancient one, and other scientists had embraced it along the way. But it took Galileo and the telescope he built to prove the truth to the masses: Earth is not the center of the universe.
| Jan 3, 2009
Christine Maggiore, who was diagnosed with HIV in 1992, waged a long, bitter campaign denouncing the prevailing scientific wisdom on the causes and treatment of AIDS. She fiercely contested the overwhelming consensus that the HIV virus causes AIDS, and...
| May 15, 2009
There are a several moments of real pathos in Ron Howard's film of Dan Brown's Angels & Demons, which is several more than he was able to conjure up in his film of Brown's The Da Vinci Code. Howard has made a better, more entertaining thriller out of...
| Jul 25, 2010
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Alan Bruun, one of the founders of Orlando's Mad Cow Theater, announced over the weekend that he'll be retiring as the theater's artistic director at the end of the season. That's just one production away — a three-actor version of Shakespeare's...
| Aug 29, 2010
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“Being told we have cancer no longer means we have been given the death penalty,” CBS' Bob Schieffer said this morning on “Face the Nation.” His commentary packed a wallop, because Schieffer and his wife are cancer survivors. In...