| Mar 26, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Let's start with the idea of a recommendation engine. It's an informal term to describe the complex algorithms that parse masses of data to make suggestions of the "if you like that, you'll like this" variety.
Online services crave good recommendation...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 2:57 PM
The best libraries were created not just as repositories of books but as big, open public spaces that celebrate the connections even the most humble citizens have to civilization and literary culture. But we don't often think of a library itself as a...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 6:30 AM
"I want you to go to the window, open it, stick your head out and yell, 'I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore." So said Howard Beale in "Network."
When the movie opened in fall 1976, critics and audiences — not to mention...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 9:30 AM
Although he would hardly cause a blip on cultural radar screens today, Carl Van Vechten was, at various stages of his long and storied life, a journalist, provocateur, novelist, nightlife denizen, music and theater critic, confidant to Gertrude Stein,...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 9:04 PM
NEW YORK -- Jack Spade made its first New York Fashion Week presentation Wednesday in the Edna Barnes Salomon Room at the New York Public Library.
The inspiration: “We titled this collection ‘The Art of Subtraction,’” said the...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 11:51 AM
California is home to one of the largest Armenian populations in the world, from the fertile farmlands of the Central Valley to Southern California. The Armenian Genocide and subsequent diaspora affect the community's sense of identity and perseverance to...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"ARE YOU kidding? God is so perfect, He doesn't have to exist!" said one well-known professor of theology when asked to explain creation.
This is from the Jim Holt book "Why Does the World Exist?" I underlined so much in this Liveright book that I have...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 10:10 AM
2 Byliner released two previously unpublished stories by Elmore Leonard, who was 87 when he died in August. "Confession" and "The Trespassers" were both written in 1958 when Leonard was working at Campbell Ewald, a Detroit-based advertising agency. In...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 3:03 PM
WHAT: An exhibition by Josette Urso, the first participant in the new artist-in-residence program at the Art & History Museums — Maitland, wraps up this weekend. Urso makes paintings, drawings and collages.
"The most rewarding aspect of my...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 2:41 PM
Two Canadian cities, Vancouver and Montreal, have the world’s best public library systems, according to a new survey by German researchers.
Library mavens at the Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf studied libraries in 31 major world cities,...
| Dec 12, 2013
For centuries, the defining role of the library has been as a repository of books. Now, in the 21st century, the library faces perhaps its most momentous challenge: Americans are moving away increasingly from the printed page to digital screens for...