| Nov 14, 2013
| 12:20 PM
It's not clear to me why anyone tries predicting anything, because no one is any good at it.
There is a tie at the top of the horrible prognosticators list between sports reporters and political pundits. Often, the greater the apparent expertise, the...
| Aug 24, 2013
Throughout August I felt that I'd forgotten an important anniversary. Then it came to me: August 12, 1952 — Night of the Murdered Poets. Thirteen. All Jews. Massacred in Moscow's Lubyanka prison at the order of Joseph Stalin.
This is a story...
| Aug 21, 2013
Does working with whole fish in the kitchen intimidate you? From 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Whole Foods Market in Winter Park will host a free demonstration on how to clean and fillet fish. The market is at 1989 Aloma Ave. For details, call 407-673-8788. In the...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 8:18 AM
Mrs. Biblioracle and I are about to embark on our once-every-other-year vacation, and the part I'm looking most forward to is the travel itself. Our multistop route to our destination will take almost 14 hours, door-to-door. Fourteen hours during which...
| Aug 16, 2013
Do you think the craziness in Fruitland Park has settled down?
Oh, no, no, no. It's just ramping up.
Here's the latest:
Readers will recall that former City Commissioner Jim Richardson filed a federal lawsuit against the city, alleging that he was...
| Jan 31, 2013
It's not easy being a book consumer these days. For starters, books seem so long — at least compared to the blog posts and online news items that have recalibrated the pace of the average American attention span.
And that's not the half of it....
| May 1, 2013
Somewhere between her Chilean family's life-or-death political realities and its intuitive, fantastical imagination is where Isabel Allende writes. Where she lives is the Bay Area, arriving in California about 25 years ago with a famous surname she's gone...
| Jun 27, 2012
You can take Walter Mosley out of Los Angeles — in fact, Mosley did so himself, moving to New York decades ago — but you can't take L.A. out of Walter Mosley. The master of several genres keeps the city present, from his Easy Rawlins detective...
| Nov 24, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Some of you may recall my intense interest in the life, times, victories and tribulations of Sir Winston Churchill. Arguably the most celebrated statesman of the 20th century, Churchill was both a product of his times and a visionary on behalf of...
| Sep 13, 2012
It's a strange time to be a woman. I say this not because state legislatures enacted no less than 95 restrictions on reproductive rights this year. I say it not because at the same time, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker repealed his state's equal pay law and...
| Oct 3, 2012
In the 1990s, he was the world-famous novelist few people officially laid eyes on. Of Salman Rushdie's dozen-plus novels, it was "The Satanic Verses" (1988) that raised a hue and cry and sent him undercover: Its supposedly sacrilegious portrayal of the...