| 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 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...
| 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,...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 1:38 PM
Tom Everhart was teetering on the edge of despair in his East Village studio.
It was the early 1980s, and his portfolio — courtesy of a fine-art education — contained various permutations of skeletons. Cartoons weren't his thing, but there...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 3:25 PM
Donna Tartt: In an interview with the New York Times, the reclusive novelist behind the bestsellers "The Secret History" and "The Little Friend" says she was a lifelong keeper of notebooks, and that she dodges most interviews and panels and readings....
| Nov 7, 2013
| 3:41 PM
California-born Claire Vaye Watkins has won the Wales-based Dylan Thomas Prize for "Battleborn." The international prize is designed to recognize a young author, is presented every other year and comes with a substantial award -- this year, more than $48,...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 8:30 PM
"NOTHING SUCCEEDS like excess," said Oscar Wilde.
Alas, or luckily, Oscar never saw Baz Luhrmann's latest interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel "The Great Gatsby."
Mr. Luhrmann has done the impossible -- he has rendered "Gatsby" lurid,...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
"A writer is someone on whom nothing is lost." -- Henry James
My good friend Ralph Graves departed this earth recently and I made mention of it. But then I found a divine photograph of the two of us whooping it up, back in 2001, over the days when we...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 1:34 PM
Going through “Breaking Bad” withdrawal? The Glendale Public Library has the antidote: a reading list inspired by the hit AMC show that ended on Sunday.
The list includes “Leaves of Grass,” the Walt Whitman book of poems that...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 5:55 AM
For those going through “Breaking Bad” withdrawal, the Glendale Public Library has a possible antidote: a reading list inspired by the hit AMC show that ended on Sunday.
The list includes “Leaves of Grass,” the Walt Whitman book...