| Apr 27, 2010
If you're the parent of a high school girl, you've probably heard of the store All the Rage. Though there are only two locations, one in Chesapeake and one in Virginia Beach, the gown shop has become the standard of prom glamour even for young ladies on...
| May 7, 2010
| 1:58 PM
Isn't it thrilling when your favorite author writes a novel about his secret passion?
Louis Sachar, author of the children's classic "Holes," among many other beloved books, now brings us a novel about …playing cards. Playing bridge, to be...
| May 20, 2010
Comedy, tragedy, drama and music — these four basic elements of the theater all will be explored, in that order, by Golden West College during its 2010-11 season.
The Huntington Beach college will be leading off with "Don't Dress for Dinner,"...
| Jan 6, 2010
If the murderers of the gifted young El Monte educator and public official Bobby Salcedo ever are brought to justice, we're likely to find that the weapons used to kill him and five other men kidnapped from a bar in the drug-ravaged Mexican city of...
| Jan 28, 2010
| 1:19 PM
NEW YORK -- J.D. Salinger, the legendary author, youth hero and fugitive from fame whose "The Catcher in the Rye" shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned, has died.
He was 91.
Salinger died of natural causes at his home on Wednesday, the...
| Feb 25, 2010
Philip Hoare is best known for his biography of Noel Coward, but he turns his attention to a much grimmer subject than the follies of "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" in "The Whale," an eminently readable chronicle of the tragic interaction between humans and...
| Nov 7, 2010
The Passages of H.M.
A Novel of Herman Melville
Doubleday: 454 pp., $26.95
"The time for me hasn't come yet: Some men are born posthumously," Nietzsche wrote in "Ecce Homo." It's a statement that might have provided comfort to Herman...
| Jan 5, 2011
| 4:11 PM
Local theater groups have recently announced their schedules of productions for the 2010-11 season, but one forward-thinking organization already has its to-do list nailed down for 2011-12.
That would be Golden West College, whose longtime director,...
| Jan 7, 2011
| 4:10 PM
Blocks away from Wrigley Field, hidden among the bars lining Clark Street, there is a literary outpost that traffics mostly in used and rare books. That place is Bookworks.
Owned by husband and wife Bob Roschke and Ronda Pilon, Bookworks has been in...
| Mar 19, 2011
| 11:45 PM
Next month will mark the 150th anniversary of the bombardment of Ft. Sumter in Charleston harbor, the opening salvo of the Civil War (1861-1865). Commemorative efforts are underway in many parts of the country. States have formed sesquicentennial...
| Nov 11, 2011
| 1:34 PM
Do we need any more evidence than the last 20 years' worth of best-seller lists of the huge human longing — specifically, the huge American human longing — for entertaining and sustained fictional narrative? In other words, for popular novels?...