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  • 'Gulliver's Travels'

    'Gulliver's Travels'
    Knowing that Jack Black has the title role as the traveler thrown off course to end up towering over tiny Lilliputians, you can pretty much expect this isn't your father's "Gulliver." Indeed, the original Jonathan Swift story is contoured to Black's very...
  • Discoveries

    Discoveries
    The Paper Garden An Artist Begins Her Life's Work at 72 Molly Peacock Bloomsbury: 416 pp., $30 Mary Delany was born in 1700 to an upper-class family in England that would fall out of favor with the court and use its lovely young daughter, as so many...
  • 'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island' review: A franchise somehow gets more mediocre without Brendan Fraser

    'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island' review: A franchise somehow gets more mediocre without Brendan Fraser
    *1/2 (out of four)   FYI: When punching a lizard in the face, it’s called giving him “the thunder cookie.”   At least, that’s what Hank (Dwayne Johnson) calls it when protecting his stepson Sean (Josh Hutcherson, reprising his role...
  • In a word: Craquelure

    Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar — another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word: CRAQUELURE You've seen the pattern of fine...
  • A Word, Please: Stuck in adverb amateur hour

    Years ago, I wrote a column about “whom” and the dangers of using it wrong. What happened next remains one of the weirdest moments in my writing career. A reader sent an email to scold me, but not for anything to do with the word “...
  • Book review: 'In Other Worlds' by Margaret Atwood

    Book review: 'In Other Worlds' by Margaret Atwood
    In Other Worlds SF and the Human Imagination Margaret Atwood Nan A. Talese/Doubleday: 259 pp., $24.95 Great fiction writers are usually better at showing than at telling. Sometimes, though, the job of explaining their creative choices is thrust on...
  • A Word, Please: The reason why is historical

    In a 1974 edition of the journal College English, 70% of university teaching assistants surveyed said they marked "the reason why" as an error on students' papers. That's a lot of red ink. The phrase "the reason why" is extremely common, especially in...
  • Box office: 'Little Fockers' big but littler than its predecessor; 'True Grit' strong second; 'Gulliver's Travels' flops [Updated]

     
    The Fockers are still the king of the busy holiday box office as "Little Fockers" had a pretty good start, but the Coen brothers' "True Grit" was surprisingly close on their heels. Meanwhile, Jack Black's "Gulliver's Travels" barely got off......
  • Mud Baron, an evangelical force in school gardens

     
    Master gardener Mud Baron supplies school gardens with evangelical zeal....
  • VOD Spotlight: Classic tales inspire “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”

     
    In Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (the sequel to 2008’s Journey to the Center of the Earth) the characters are on a quest that takes them to an island located in place where no island is supposed to exist.  Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson), his...
  • A modest proposal for fiscal misery: Make them hurt in Brentwood and beyond

    We're in a bind here in California, mates, in case you hadn't noticed. The till is tapped, the budget deficit is bigger than the great outdoors, and lately even the sun has disappeared. What's crystal clear is that the governor can't fix this mess. His...