| 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-...
| 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...
| Nov 27, 2011
Last summer, while browsing in a used bookstore in San Luis Obispo, I discovered something I thought no longer existed — an Agatha Christie novel I had not read. Anyone monitoring my vital signs would have thought I had discovered the next Gnostic...
| Jul 3, 2011
There is nothing juvenile about the three Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons at the heart of the Natural History Museum's new Dinosaur Hall, crouching with their great heads and menacing teeth hovering just above an unlucky duck-billed Edmontosaurus skeleton ...
| Jul 13, 2011
| 12:52 PM
Say "Zen," and you may think of rocks, raked sand and temple bells. But if you tune into the first of three "Zen" episodes on Sunday, July 17, on PBS' "Masterpiece Mystery!" it's more like wine, pasta and death knells.
Shot in and around Rome (where...
| Jul 17, 2011
| 12:42 PM
If you want a little mid-summer escape via TV the next three Sunday nights, check out the new PBS mystery series, "Zen," starring Rufus Sewell.
I watched all three that were made available for preview, but I love TV mysteries.
And I have to say that...
| Jul 24, 2011
Marcel Proust, the great author of memory, gets a swift kick in the pants in Dan Simmons' latest novel of an apocalyptic future, "Flashback" (Reagan Arthur/Little, Brown: 560 pp., $27.99). Remember all that stuff Proust wrote about memories returning to...
| Jul 31, 2011
Penguin: 256 pp., $15 paper
Longtime novelist Sheila Kohler had a breakthrough popular hit with 2009's "Becoming Jane Eyre," in which she imagined her way into the life of beloved gothic novelist Charlotte Brontë....
| Aug 7, 2011
The Mostly True Story of Jack
Little, Brown: 323 pp., $16.99, ages 8 and up
Fantastical middle-grade mysteries have long been populated with protagonists confronted with evildoing and tasked with righting wrongs. A negligent...
| Aug 26, 2011
| 5:15 PM
The pungent, haunting narrative of Laura Lippman's new novel, "The Most Dangerous Thing," kicks in with a group of kids arguing for dibs on a grassy kickball field near a cotton mill on "Wetheredsville Road."
The whole scene sounds like a cozy...
| Aug 17, 2011
| 10:35 AM
In BBC America's absorbing series, "The Hour" (9 p.m. Aug. 17; 3.5 stars), a group of TV journalists in 1956 London launches a new kind of BBC news program (think a live "60 Minutes") that hopes to report honestly about—not to—the British...