| Sep 28, 2012
| 3:20 PM
Michael Chabon's best-selling new novel, “Telegraph Avenue,” is set in and around Brokeland Records, a used-vinyl record store on the border between Oakland and Berkeley, Calif., where Chabon has lived since the late 1990s. The story follows...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 8:16 AM
Like modern fantasy authors from Lewis Carroll, George MacDonald and C. S. Lewis to Gene Wolfe and John Crowley, Neil Gaiman writes about the worlds on the edges of this one -- just off the map, a bit to the left, inaccessible without the right mirror...
| Mar 23, 2013
| 5:00 AM
The powerful narcotic popped up on the cultural grid around the turn of the millennium. A Texas producer-remixer named DJ Screw paid homage to its woozy, heavy-lidded high by dramatically slowing down beats and vocals to replicate the drug's sleepwalker...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 2:19 PM
In the realm of high fantasy, complexity is a badge of honor. This has been true since the days of J.R.R. Tolkien, whose seminal works of the genre are neither brief nor monolithic reads, and you can even see it manifest in the HBO series "Game of...
| Oct 30, 2012
| 2:00 AM
When Tom Fec says, “You never know how what kids are seeing today is going to come back,” the words are carried by an air of celebration, but also mystification.
Even Fec has a hard time connecting the dots between a Pittsburgh childhood...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 6:00 PM
When Natalie Cole and Chucho Valdés share a bill Wednesday night at the Hollywood Bowl, it will mark a long-delayed reunion of two languages and two musical dynasties.
More than half a century ago, on the eve of the Cuban Revolution, Cole's father,...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 9:10 AM
Big Boi is a serial collaborator, one of those endlessly curious artists who’s always thinking “what if?” when he charges into a new project. As one-half of OutKast, Big Boi helped expand the language of hip-hop. As a solo artist, he&...
| Nov 1, 2012
| 11:00 AM
The Hood Internet’s first album of original music, “Feat” (Decon), initially comes off as a departure from the Chicago-North Carolina duo’s trademark mash-ups.
Don’t believe the hype, says Steve Reidell, who partners in...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 10:12 AM
Back in 2010, shortly after Paramount Pictures’ "Paranormal Activity" became a mega-hit on a micro-budget, executives at the studio decided to launch a label dedicated to making more movies of this kind.
InSurge, as it was known, would produce...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 7:52 AM
Revenge tales don’t come more hard-boiled than Chan-wook Park’s “Old Boy.” Unless, perhaps, it’s Spike Lee’s “Oldboy,” the 2013 remake of the Cannes-decorated 2003 hit.
At least that’s how it seems...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 8:00 AM
When the screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski was a child, he once drew some disturbing pictures in art class — so disturbing the teacher called his parents in for a talk.
"I think the school was really worried by what it said about my home life," said a...