| Sep 4, 2010
It seems that my summer reading project will be stretching into the fall.
I'm working my way through classics that I haven't covered on a BBC book list that I discovered on Facebook. The BBC supposes that most people have only read six of the 100 books...
| Jun 18, 2010
Towering above the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is Hogwarts, the signature structure of the new Universal Orlando attraction at Islands of Adventure. In the Potter books and films, the castle is home to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry,...
| 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 3, 2014
| 9:06 AM
For all its simplicity and folksy familiarity, the word "storyteller" is a much-overused term in the arts. It's claimed by those less than committed to the art of the raconteur, the craft of the fabulist, the spinner of yarns. But of all the writers out...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Barring some kind of monumental screw-up, Amazon will be the dominant e-book retailer forevermore.
Amazon is certainly capable of screwing up. The Fire Phone that was launched to great fanfare before being quickly discounted to 99 cents seems like a...
| Dec 3, 2014
| 4:08 PM
A year that gave us much exuberant pop music about being happy, shaking it off, keeping it fancy and/or letting go of problems — "the past is in the past," sings Idina Menzel in "Let It Go" — had little need for the starker realities either...
| 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...
| Nov 25, 2014
| 1:41 PM
Orlando Repertory Theatre specializes in theater for children but "A Christmas Story: The Musical" is equally likely — perhaps more likely — to please young theatergoers' parents.
Adults of a certain age will be filled with nostalgia for the...
| Apr 2, 2010
For months, I have skulked around the edges of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, peeking over fences, peering through cracks in the construction walls, standing on ledges to get better camera angles, slithering up the exit of Dueling Dragons and...