| Jun 24, 2010
| 9:16 AM
What you can't buy at Islands of Adventure: Clothing that reads "My grandma went to Wizarding World of Harry Potter and all I got was this lousy T-shirt."
Universal Orlando has gone more classy, less Stuckey's for its souvenir selection within the new...
| Dec 30, 2011
| 9:56 AM
In an anecdote that sticks to the memory like an overdone cookie on an undergreased cookie sheet — those 2011 holiday baking mishaps still rankle — an American visiting the Sorbonne is accosted by a French student.
"You Americans!" the...
| Apr 2, 2012
| 9:22 AM
PRESS RELEASE: Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer Michael Cunningham will speak Monday, April 9 at Purdue University as part of the 81st annual Literary Awards celebration.
Cunningham will present a reading at 8 p.m. in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall....
| Jan 14, 2012
If you're lazily inclined to define Diane Keaton by the crossword-puzzle-sized word "actor," you need to get out more. Add to that her work as director and producer, photographer, restorer of venerable houses, board member of the Los Angeles Conservancy...
| Apr 2, 2012
| 6:03 PM
Joseph Sheppard has an IQ above 130. Ask him about his life or worldview and he'll start drawing connections to cosmology and quantum mechanics. He'll toss around names of great intellectuals -- Nietzsche, Spinoza -- as if they're as culturally relevant...
| 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...
| Dec 15, 2011
| 7:20 AM
Toward the end of "A Christmas Story, The Musical" you hear a small catch in the throat of the fine actor Gene Weygandt, who plays Jean Shepherd, the raconteur who gave the American Christmas its Ralphie and his Red Ryder BB gun. You immediately get...
| Jul 6, 2011
| 3:41 PM
LONDON - There is going to be a big to-do here on July 27, marking one year to go before the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.
But the really big show in London this month is Thursday night's world premiere of the final Harry Potter movie.
| Jul 30, 2011
Henry James once opined that the two most beautiful words in the English language are "summer afternoon." I would like to edit James — alas, who wouldn't? — and bestow the most felicitous phrase award upon the words "summer reading."
| Jul 26, 2011
| 9:23 AM
Backward reels the bad guy, pummeled and stunned. Round goes the good guy's granite fist, finishing its gorgeous orbit after connecting with the villain's smirking mug.
Up jump hope and inspiration, fortified by daring fictional heroes on the page and on...
| Sep 5, 2011
| 8:20 AM
Repeat after me:
There. Feels good, doesn't it? Some words are just plain fun to say. And those are the words, according to Michael Chabon, that belong in any honorable, self-respecting bedtime story for children, the kind...