| Jan 9, 2015
| 9:05 PM
“Predestination” is a time-travel movie, and time-travel movies are difficult — but not impossible — to pull off convincingly. More than most science-fiction subgenres, they seem to have one foot in the world of sheer fantasy. That...
| Jan 3, 2015
| 7:32 AM
Run for your lives! We're threatened by Islamic State terrorists, computer hackers, the Ebola virus and tensions with the Russians that threaten to reawaken the Cold War. But don't be afraid to read these 10 items:
1. Scientists say we get goose bumps...
| Oct 24, 2014
| 10:00 AM
To pay tribute to London's literary dead, tourists go to Highgate Cemetery. In Paris, it's Père Lachaise. But in Los Angeles, boot up the GPS — our writerly dead authors are buried all over town, befitting L.A. sprawl.
Down in Rancho Palos Verdes,...
| Sep 26, 2014
| 3:42 PM
Those looking for a herringbone sport jacket with a story to tell can still buy Ray Bradbury's version, some of his jewelry, even a set of oil paints.
But a large swath of the estate of the acclaimed author and Waukegan native has been purchased at...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 9:13 AM
A Waukegan group is seeking ideas for a sculpture to honor the late science fiction writer and Waukegan native Ray Bradbury.
Bradbury, who is best known for his book "Fahrenheit 451," died in 2012. He was born in Waukegan and lived there until he was...
| Oct 24, 2014
I can't find my stapler.
This is vexing, because I often have need of a stapler, and my stapler has been my stapler for a long time. If memory serves, I lifted it from my office in graduate school, which means it's been by my side for over 20 years....
| Nov 2, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The gig: Bob Rogers, 64, is founder and chief creative officer of BRC Imagination Arts, a design and production company that creates what it dubs "visitor experiences," including theme park attractions, museum displays, corporate tours and world expo...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 11:57 AM
A stash of free photos, the art repatriation debate reignited, Larry Gagosian’s sushi gets reviewed and George Lucas’ museum unveils its initial design schematic. Plus: the literary roots of Cheviot Hills, the controversy behind Marcel...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 8:30 AM
The earliest surviving footage of broadcast television in America is a fragment of "The Streets of New York," an adaptation of playwright Dion Boucicault's 19th-century drama, aired by the experimental New York NBC affiliate W2XBS on August 31, 1939....
| Oct 22, 2014
| 11:51 AM
In the November issue of Vanity Fair, Bruce Handy has a long piece about the history and future of Paris’ Shakespeare and Company bookstore, my call for greatest bookstore in the world. A warren of rooms and bookshelves that fill a 17th century...
| Oct 21, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Showtime couldn't be happier that you've probably never heard of Rachel Bloom, 26, the star of their new half-hour comedy pilot (with songs!), "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," about a smart lawyer turned self-deluded stalker. For the premium cabler, the freedom...