| Dec 8, 2012
| 2:34 PM
For Hannah Gamble, poetry is a sprint. A tweet. A quick jab of energy, emotion and enthusiasm that hits a reader squarely in the gut.
And that's the way she likes it.
"I love getting to be obsessive and micro about things, and poetry lets (me) do...
| Dec 9, 2012
| 8:10 AM
Miguel Zenon and Laurent Coq: "Rayuela" (Sunnyside Records). Puerto Rican saxophonist Zenon and French pianist Coq drew inspiration for "Rayuela" from Argentine writer Julio Cortazar's book of the same name, but this sublimely expressive recording...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 8:15 AM
Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s column on French economic policy is unfairly critical of a great nation that perhaps has contributed more to the world's culture — in literature, music, philosophy and art — than any other country on earth...
| Dec 4, 2012
| 4:37 PM
The author, Louise Penny, is one of the most decorated mystery writers alive today. She is the only author to have won four Agatha Awards for Best Novel, and she’s not done. Ms. Penny is a Canadian who lives in a small village south of Montreal....
| Dec 7, 2012
| 10:58 AM
When author Margaret Meacham was a little girl, she let her imagination soar while perched high in the branches of a buckeye tree in her family's Pittsburgh backyard.
Now, half a century after those leafy daydreams, the 60-year-old Meacham is a popular...
| Dec 7, 2012
| 12:13 PM
In light of Philip Roth's recent announcement of his "retirement" from writing, a scene from the 1977 movie "Julia" comes to mind. It's a delicious cinematic moment, involving as it does the deft puncturing of pomposity — always satisfying to...
| Nov 21, 2012
| 9:03 PM
It's getting cold out there, and what better way to keep warm than by cozying up for a flick at your local cinema?
This season, there is no shortage of quality films to watch, whether you're looking for something escapist, such as Peter Jackson's...
| Jul 24, 2012
| 12:24 PM
"Broken Harbor" by Tana French, Viking, 464 pages, $27.95.
Dublin, Ireland Detective Sgt. Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy and his rookie partner Detective Richie Curran are assigned to a major investigation. Patrick Spain, his wife, Jennifer, and children...
| Jul 29, 2012
The Twenty-Year Death
Ariel S. Winter
Hard Case Crime: 672 pp., $25.99
Noir is, first and foremost, style. It's like kabuki, or, more to the point, the blues — a folk art defined by its...
| Jul 31, 2012
| 4:34 PM
Chris Marker, an enigmatic figure in French cinema who avoided publicity and was loath to screen his films yet was often ranked with countrymen Alain Resnais and Jean-Luc Godard as an avant-garde master, died at his home in Paris on Sunday, his 91st...
| Aug 2, 2012
| 3:37 PM
It isn't always a dark and stormy night.
There are no fog-covered moors or howling hounds, no trench-coated detectives or suspicious butlers.
And, in this particular library, you won't find a Mrs. Peacock, a revolver or candlesticks — just a group...