| Dec 7, 2011
| 4:10 PM
Last weekend, Stephanie Bowman experienced the ugly side of humanity when thieves robbed her Orlando charity of a 12-foot trailer — and the hundreds of Christmas toys for needy children that were inside.
Now Bowman is experiencing the holiday flip...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 5:50 AM
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley has 10 days of operation under its belt at Universal Studios. Reviews generally have ranged from positive to glowing to rapturous to "this will change Orlando [dramatic pause] forever."
| Dec 15, 2012
A bookstore is always a welcome stop on a weekend road trip.
Yeah, Amazon is efficient, but online browsing is woefully lacking in aesthetic pleasures compared with the experience at O. Brisky Books, a fixture in the cozy business district of Micanopy....
| Jan 30, 2014
| 4:45 AM
We still can't see a whole lot of what's going up at Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley at Universal Studios. That construction wall is maddening to anxious Potterheads, who must wait until summer for unveiling and exploration.
| Jan 23, 2014
| 5:54 AM
All students at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry have worn the Sorting Hat. It's a big deal. The tattered, brown topper magically divides the student body into members of different "houses" — Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 3:08 PM
The early morning sun clawed at my blinds like a screaming victim of premature burial, casting bloody fingernails of light wherever it could find a gap.
One of my favorite interactive features has been our local version of San Jose State's annual...
| Oct 10, 2011
| 12:19 PM
If you can imagine a bricklayer who's had it up to here with bricks, or a pastry chef who's frankly a little ambivalent about the whole flour and sugar deal, then you get Daniel Clowes.
He works with words and pictures, but he's pretty suspicious of...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 4:02 PM
— James Patterson, king of the airport novelists, spent much of last week being celebrated by the nation's independent booksellers.
On its face, it seems like an irony: Author of unabashedly commercial fiction earns plaudits from snooty vendors of...
| Apr 6, 2013
| 12:30 PM
On page 12 of issue No. 1 of DC Comics' latest reiteration of "Constantine," which tells the ongoing story of John Constantine — a.k.a. Hellblazer, the publisher's three-decade-old, morally slippery sorcerer/sleuth to the occult world (played by...
| Sep 14, 2012
| 12:50 PM
When the great English poet Philip Larkin worked at the University of Hull, he liked to say that the need to change trains in Doncaster meant most journalists, academics and other London irritants didn't bother to harass him.
The American writer David...
| Mar 29, 2014
"The Frangipani Hotel," a debut collection of thematically linked short stories, opens with "Boat Story," in which a girl working on a school project meets her Vietnamese grandmother's resistance and is told to consult her father. The girl complains:...