| Jul 18, 2014
A bookseller's nightmare is staring at an empty store, hoping a customer appears. To pass the time, some play solitaire, solve crosswords or scan publishers' catalogs. Paul Ingram writes clerihews.
"Cleri-whose?" you may ask. These are poems, four-...
| Jul 23, 2014
| 9:16 AM
Less than a week after the publication of Marja Mills' memoir, “The Mockingbird Next Door,” her story of befriending the famously reclusive 88-year-old author Harper Lee, the book remains embroiled in controversy.
On July 14, the day...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 1:39 PM
As about 50 eighth-graders from New Jersey gathered around, Elizabeth White unzipped a large duffel bag.
"It's coiled like a big snake in there," said White, a park ranger.
The students helped remove the object. It was indeed moving but not in a scary...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 2:11 PM
Meryl Streep likes big, challenging roles, and she will tackle one of the biggest: opera legend Maria Callas.
Streep will star in "Master Class," an HBO film of the Terrence McNally play about Callas' classes for singing students.
| Jul 11, 2014
| 1:06 PM
Several recent articles appearing online have pointed to a couple of burning questions about book-reading in this overstuffed era: Why do people buy books they have no intention of reading? And, how can one ever find the time to read a book at all?
| Jul 12, 2014
| 1:21 PM
"Doonesbury," the classic comic strip, has had to take a back seat as its cartoonist, Garry Trudeau, focuses on his Amazon original series, "Alpha House," but that doesn't mean the old hasn't helped inform the new.
Trudeau took part in a panel for his...
| Jul 13, 2014
| 3:07 PM
Why do married — or otherwise committed — couples go to sex parties? One obvious reason presents itself. But the characters in the new black comedy "The Qualms" — set amid a little clutch of mostly miserable middle-aged Midwestern...
| Jul 4, 2014
Netflix night with Harper Lee sounds like a late-night comedy sketch, as does an afternoon at the laundromat, or even a quick stop at McDonald's with the famously reclusive author of "To Kill a Mockingbird." Yet these scenarios represent just another...
| Jun 27, 2014
Once or twice a year I'm invited to talk with a classroom of university students about my career. Afterward the students pepper me with questions related, naturally, to their future: How do I find work once I graduate? How do I get a byline out of...
| Jun 14, 2014
| 11:54 AM
When Samuel L. Morison of Crofton was charged this week with stealing documents from the U.S. Navy's archive in Washington, it was a rare event for the facility.
"There has not been a theft like this in recent memory," said Paul Taylor, a spokesman for...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 2:33 PM
In 1972, Philadelphia's leading newspaper was based in a mostly windowless building that looked like and had the atmosphere of a huge mausoleum.
That was the year I somehow landed a job with The Associated Press, which had its Philadelphia office in a...