| Mar 16, 2008
Once a year, it happens. Your child's birthday comes and suddenly, it's up to you to plan a special day that will make your little one feel like royalty.
But wait — you're still finding pieces of candy in the grass from last year's piñata? Can't...
| May 18, 2009
Edwin S. Shneidman, a pioneer in the field of suicide prevention and a prolific thinker and writer who believed that life is enriched by contemplation of death and dying, has died. He was 91.
He died Friday afternoon at his home in West Los Angeles,...
| Feb 8, 2009
People always ask me how I decide where to go.
I read, I see movies, I stare at maps, I dream.
And in doing so, I arrived at these 10 places that are tops on my list for 2009. Some are old favorites that are newly affordable. Others have a special...
| Nov 4, 2008
In the 2008 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, the tour de force is an animatronic sculpture by Daniel J. Martinez. It resonates in many ways. ¶ Beneath bright white fluorescent lights, Martinez has constructed a low white platform in...
| Apr 28, 2008
From the earliest days of exploration, mariners in Chile's cool southern waters marveled at the abundance of whales. A Jesuit naturalist wrote of the sea "boiling" with the spouts of the leviathans.
Among 19th century Nantucket boatmen, the island of...
| Jun 26, 2008
MARK TWAIN and Herman Melville are renowned for capturing the salt, wit and dreams of their eras. But the two musicals they've inspired for the world premiere of "American Tales" -- presented by the Antaeus company -- reveal the authors' uncelebrated...
| Feb 2, 2008
By Richard M. Cook
Yale University Press, 452 pages, $35
'I love to think about America," Alfred Kazin, 26, recorded in his journal in February 1942. He was finishing his canonical study of modern American literature, "On Native Grounds,"...
| Jun 10, 2009
Jackson Lears is a formidable, compellingly original cultural and intellectual historian.
In "No Place of Grace: Antimodernism and the Transformation of American Culture, 1880-1920," Lears skillfully delineated the role of aesthetic radicals -- notably...
| Jul 26, 2009
Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald are not the only literary friends to see their relationship go cold. Indeed, the history of literature is a history of betrayals, of writers turning on each other and collaborations falling apart. Below, we give...
| Sep 8, 2009
Richard Poirier, a literary critic and writer who was one of the founders of the Library of America, a monumental effort to keep American literary classics in print and accessible to the reading public, died Aug. 15 at Roosevelt Hospital in New York. He...
| Feb 28, 2009
The silence of night never lasts long. It ends somewhere in the 5 o'clock hour with the purring of the heater and distant strains of Sam Cooke.
Edwin Shneidman looks at the clock -- an hour and a half since turning off the TV and closing his eyes.