| Nov 27, 2011
Last summer, while browsing in a used bookstore in San Luis Obispo, I discovered something I thought no longer existed — an Agatha Christie novel I had not read. Anyone monitoring my vital signs would have thought I had discovered the next Gnostic...
| Nov 17, 2011
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$6 sale — Hosted by Laurel Regional Hospital Auxiliary, Fri., Nov. 18, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., J.R....
| Mar 18, 2011
| 2:20 PM
You have to study the piece called "Inversion" for a minute to fully appreciate the joke.
Jim Rosenau, an artist based in Berkeley, Calif., has crafted a fully functional and aesthetically appealing bookshelf from five volumes. Three tomes are used for...
| Apr 3, 2011
As actor Charlie Sheen brings his "Violent Torpedo of Truth" show to Chicago on Sunday, we won't perform any diagnosis but simply state that many people wonder whether his recent hijinks suggest he has become unhinged. In his honor, let's take 10 looks at...
| Jun 16, 2011
Alice Ozma's father read to her every night before bed for 3,218 days straight. "The Streak," as Ozma and her father, Jim Brozina, called it, began when Ozma was in fourth grade and didn't stop until the day she moved into her college dormitory when she...
| Jun 1, 2011
| 4:23 PM
Having reached the milestone of its 50th season, the Westminster Community Theater is making plans for its 51st, which will get underway next month.
Things will get started on a prestigious note with a play that won the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony...
| Jun 3, 2011
| 3:40 PM
When Karen Rose enrolled at the University of Maryland, the one thing she knew was that she "didn't want to dissect."
It's a funny confession for an author who has written a 494-page novel about a killer who tortures victims with a filleting knife.
| Jun 4, 2011
Bookshelves real and virtual are stocked with volumes about Los Angeles and Southern California written by people who parachute into a Westside guest house for a few weeks, hit the hot spots and high spots, then write with voice-of-God authority for...
| Dec 7, 2011
| 3:18 PM
Cornell Woolrich (1903-1968) knew his way around two things: rock-hard prose and stone-cold corpses.
He was a wizardly writer of mysteries, a man who could ratchet up the menace and dread by steady, excruciating degrees. His sentences were of the...
| Dec 24, 2011
When we think about the year-end holidays, books often are at the center of our memories. Maybe we received a special book as a gift, and it became a cherished memento. Or maybe we read a book about the holidays each year, as a treasured part of our...
| Jun 24, 2011
| 1:35 PM
Peter Falk had a fine career on the stage and in feature films. His crazed comic performance in "The In-Laws" alone would guarantee a major appreciation from film critics and scholars.
But it is his network television work in the 1970s as a modest, sly,...