| Sep 23, 2012
When Mary Shelley wrote "Frankenstein" in 1816, she could not have conceived of the cultural landmark it would become. The novel still throws a long shadow across the popular imagination almost two centuries later. Boris Karloff's performance as the...
| Oct 1, 2012
| 6:27 AM
"Life's better with friends." - Gyp Rosetti
Like most men, Nucky Thompson dreams about bacon. Unlike most men, he also dreams about dead choirboys. Yes, the whole "assassinating your surrogate son" thing is finally starting to catch up to Nucky, and it's...
| Oct 25, 2012
| 3:26 PM
Late October brings many strange creatures to the library, just in time for Halloween. Popular culture is once again infatuated — smitten, even — with dark characters suffering from vampiric curses, terribly monstrous afflictions and other...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 3:21 PM
Zombies. They're everywhere. Television. Movies. Graphic novels. Pub crawls. Burlesque shows. You can't swing a dismembered arm without hitting one. But look out: In Scott Kenemore's new book, "Zombie, Illinois," the walking dead are invading places...
| Oct 28, 2012
For perfume lovers, the advent of cooler weather may very well inspire a shift in scents. It's a time to abandon the light florals of summer and explore fragrances that reflect autumn and conjure notions of All Hallow's Eve.
For a postmodern...
| Jun 29, 2012
| 1:28 PM
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited 176 new members into the organization on Friday, including Octavia Spencer, Terrence Malick, Matthew McConaughey, Kristen Wiig, Kerry Washington,...
| Jun 24, 2013
| 3:26 PM
Author Richard Matheson, who was 87, has died at home. His family announced his passing in a protected Facebook post; the news was shared by publisher Tor/Forge.
Matheson's imaginative stories were enticing to Hollywood. His book "I Am Legend" was...
| Jan 28, 2013
| 3:18 PM
Looking for a good reason to leave the house in the dead of winter? The stories at these live lit events--and the beers and cocktails recommended by the hosts—are sure to warm your spirit.
I [Bleep] You Not! (An Evening of Storytelling Not for...
| Feb 8, 2013
Actor won Tony Award for 'Tea and Sympathy'
John Kerr, 81, a stage, film and TV actor who won a Tony Award for his performance in Elia Kazan's 1953 Broadway production of "Tea and Sympathy" and went on to reprise his role in the 1956 film...
| May 9, 2013
| 4:47 PM
A letter to the Irish Times Wednesday was headlined "Name for the new Liffey bridge" The body of the letter consists of "Sir — The suspension is killing me. — Yours, etc. Tom Gilsenan."
Bravo, Tom. You've done your duty as an Irishman. You'...
| May 12, 2013
| 3:52 PM
NEW YORK -- NBC is hoping that sitcom pros Michael J. Fox and Sean Hayes can conjure their magic once more.
The beleaguered network announced its 2013-14 lineup Sunday with a focus on restocking its dwindling comedy pantry. "The Office" and "30 Rock"...