| Jul 1, 2014
| 3:00 AM
The perennial jokes about California being sloughed off into the Pacific when the next big earthquake strikes may soon give way to laugh lines about Oklahoma shaking, quaking and sinking into the earth.
A place once known for rodeos, tornados and dust...
| Jun 17, 2014
There are several things I dislike about the giant "TRUMP" sign that Donald Trump, the honorable archduke of Egotown, affixed to the lower torso of his Chicago skyscraper.
1) It reminds me that Donald Trump exists.
2) It triggers my gag reflex, and...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 10:20 AM
There's a lovely sentiment that the late movie critic Roger Ebert expressed when describing what movies were to him and why this medium that he spent his life covering still mattered.
"The movies are like a machine that generates empathy." A good film...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 12:09 PM
Jean-Louis Baldet created the summer Festival Rep in 1981 as way to make Florida Atlantic University students work with professional actors. Since then, he says, the event has become as good as any regional theater production.
"The students that get...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 11:51 AM
Glenn Proctor, the former executive editor at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, has published his first volume of poetry. "Kicking Bottles, News & Dust" represents "how I write and understand poetry," Proctor said in a news release.
"It represents many...
| 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 26, 2014
| 7:02 AM
HARTFORD — For years, acclaimed poet Wallace Stevens walked from his home in Hartford's West End to his job at a local insurance company, composing poems in his head on the way.
Now, the 1920s Colonial where Stevens' daily journeys began is on...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 12:45 PM
Paul Haggis' characters twist in torment. Denial is their armor, cruelty their weapon. They skitter through plotlines, deceiving, tricking and spooling out acidic self-reflection, such as the remark an adulterous writer mumbles about his protagonist on...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Sarah Jessica Parker is looking at a return to television with "Busted," a new TV series from Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and "True Detective" producer Anonymous Content.
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE) has optioned the nonfiction book "Busted: A...
| 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...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 6:51 AM
The material was too good to pass up.
Comedian Jon Stewart weighed in on the Donald Trump sign debate last night. Trump has been publicly feuding with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel over a new sign with his name on the side of the 96-story building he...