| Sep 6, 2013
| 5:06 AM
Just like fashions that come back in style, we are moving forward with bringing back an old newspaper idea.
Earlier this summer, I presented to you all a plan to include two additional pages in Tuesday and Wednesday editions of the Petoskey News-Review...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 3:14 PM
A truly international response to Syria's use of chemical weapons is needed. Yet confusion reigns because Earth is a closed system of leaders and followers, and alliances and counter-alliances. But what if the threat to world stability were coming from...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 10:34 AM
Yes, yes and yes!
I had read Lifestyle colleagues’ stories about the Hub Opera Ensemble. Friends who had attended performances told me how good they were.
I had to see for myself.
Seeing — and...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 6:11 PM
Matt Damon, who recently announced his breakup with President Barack Obama, is downplaying the heavy-handed politics in "Elysium," his new sci-fi summer action movie.
Of course, that's just plain Hollywood nonsense. "Elysium" is highly political. But...
| Nov 5, 2011
In 2003, Dana Gioia walked onto the battlefield that was the National Endowment for the Arts and brokered a peace. He chaired the NEA for six years, longer than the Civil War. The George W. Bush appointee increased the agency's budget and worked to...
| Apr 30, 2013
In the new sci-fi movie "Oblivion," Earth's most precious resource is Tom Cruise. But running a close second (spoiler alert) is water. Aliens want it. All of it.
This is old hat, science fiction-wise. In "The War of the Worlds," H.G. Wells had...
| 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...
| Jun 27, 2012
You can take Walter Mosley out of Los Angeles — in fact, Mosley did so himself, moving to New York decades ago — but you can't take L.A. out of Walter Mosley. The master of several genres keeps the city present, from his Easy Rawlins detective...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 7:21 PM
In the hideous and foreseeable future, let's consider a columnist who loves to barbecue.
He wants to put on an authentic pork roast for his readers in the middle of August, eat with them, talk with them, drink with them. Just for the sake of argument,...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 6:55 AM
Viewed from an aerial narrative perspective, writer-director Neill Blomkamp's 22nd-century-set "Elysium" is about an ex-con factory worker (played by Matt Damon), a man suffering from a radiation dosage strong enough to kill anyone whose name isn't...
| Aug 3, 2013
| 8:22 PM
Susan Hall is the old Greensky Cemetery that dates back to the early 1800s, if not earlier. Peter and Susan Greensky are buried there, but the site of their graves has been lost and forgotten. Along the path and on the ridge above Susan Lake is a picketed...