| Aug 26, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Hollywood has come up with some fearsome swarms of monstrous villains -- think of the orcs in "The Hobbit" or the zombies in "World War Z" -- but those computer-generated creatures are nothing compared to the all-too-real swarm of monsters that have...
| Sep 17, 2014
| 4:00 AM
Don’t look now, but a positive trend seems to be developing: A bumper crop of talented American playwrights more interested in artistic expression than commercial validation is being recognized with the most prestigious awards and lucrative...
| Sep 21, 2014
| 7:31 PM
Whether you're a scholar or a truck driver, Donald Miller has a history book for you.
"I want you to be able to enjoy it," Miller said, "no matter who you are."
That's why a Miller book contains the evidence of mountains of research in hundreds of pages...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 9:46 AM
Sometime soon, should you find yourself backstage at the Museum of Contemporary Art, wandering its administrative offices, be sure to look for the pencil drawing of David Bowie as a banana. It is not an official curated piece of museum art; rather, it...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 3:00 AM
The dilemma facing the true grassroots tea party believers -- the dilemma they do not acknowledge -- is that their primary goal of whittling and whacking away at big government undercuts their secondary goal of saving the middle class from the greedy grip...
| Sep 27, 2014
| 3:45 PM
J. California Cooper, who illuminated the struggles of black women in novels and short stories prized for their folksy wisdom and original voices, including those of an unborn child and a dead slave, died Sept. 20 in Seattle. She was 82.
The cause was...
| Sep 14, 2014
| 7:47 PM
Tony Auth, the Philadelphia Inquirer's editorial cartoonist for more than 40 years and winner of a Pulitzer Prize in 1976, died of brain cancer Sunday. He was 72.
His death was confirmed by the Inquirer, where he worked from 1971 until his resignation...
| Sep 13, 2014
| 2:01 AM
Cosimo Matassa, 88, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member who recorded New Orleans rock and rhythm and blues from the 1950s to the 1970s, died Thursday in New Orleans, said his granddaughter Mia Matassa. He had been ailing since he had a stroke in 2009....
| Sep 9, 2014
| 7:38 PM
Member of U.S. hockey team that won a gold medal at 1980 Olympics
Bob Suter, 57, a member of the "Miracle On Ice" hockey team that won the Olympic gold medal in 1980 and the father of Minnesota Wild NHL star Ryan Suter, died suddenly...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 7:49 PM
Charles Bowden, a chronicler of the Southwest who started as a nature writer but became known for his gritty yet lyrical nonfiction narratives of drug violence and hopelessness on the U.S.-Mexico border, has died. He was 69.
Bowden, who had been...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 3:05 AM
There are endless metrics to gauge whether the United States is ahead or behind other countries. Finland does education better and cheaper. Russians and central Europeans beat Americans in alcohol consumption. But it takes only five minutes for the...