| Mar 4, 2012
"The past is never dead," Faulkner famously wrote in "Requiem for a Nun." "It's not even past" — and nothing demonstrates that maxim better than the discovery of a "new" painting by a revered, long-dead artist.
Suddenly, it is as if that person...
| Oct 28, 2010
Massive, worldwide success often remains a bit enigmatic, but this publishing breakthrough seemed especially unlikely.
The first novel begins with the dull thud of a family tree full of foreign names: The book starts slowly — digging into arcane...
| Jun 3, 2012
Viking: 373 pp.: $17.99, ages 12 and up
When Japanese culture is fused with teen fiction, the result is usually shojo manga — black-and-white graphic novels with a girlish romantic twist. In "Tokyo Heist," Japanese...
| May 3, 2012
| 5:23 AM
This week's episode of "Revenge" was a much needed reminder of why I love this show.
Just the right amount of mystery, plotting, surprise turns and catty back stabbing to make me excited for the twists and turns that seem to be in store for the next...
| Mar 22, 2012
| 9:29 PM
Coming unstuck in time, Pamela Regis was investigating the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime. When the clocks struck 13, she dreamt she went to ... to Manderley? — no, McDaniel.
Strange as it might seem, Regis' dream of jumbled-up...
| Aug 1, 2010
Though I write for this West Coast newspaper, I live in New York City. That means, like a lot of dwellers of the five boroughs, I spend a disproportionate amount of time thinking about real estate, whether griping about too-high rents for tiny...
| Feb 28, 2012
“Project X” puts you right in the center of the action—in this case, what may be the biggest onscreen party of all time. Or to put it another way, says “Project X” co-star Jonathan Daniel Brown, the movie has an “anti-...
| Oct 9, 2011
How survivors of the Chicago Fire sought scapegoats 140 years ago
Even as the embers of the Chicago Fire cooled, the saga of Mrs. O'Leary began. For 140 years, she has been alternately accused and exonerated of setting off the inferno that consumed...
| Apr 10, 2012
| 4:37 PM
One hundred years ago, the Titanic sank and became a part of history. To commemorate the centennial, several channels are airing Titanic documentaries....
| Apr 6, 2012
| 4:32 PM
“For me, the mysteries [of Titanic] have never died.” So says filmmaker James Cameron during the opening of his new National Geographic Channel special about the legendary, doomed ship. Ever since the “unsinkable” RMS Titanic hit...
| Apr 28, 2012
| 4:37 PM
"The Raven," a new mystery thriller that imagines Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack) helping police solve a series of murders inspired by his stories, follows in the footsteps of "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" and Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes"...