| Jul 11, 2012
| 12:46 PM
It feels like it has taken longer to get to Super Tuesday than it took to get through seven books of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Republicans are using descriptors like "slow-burning" and "water torture" to describe their 2012 Republican...
| Jan 22, 2013
| 4:42 PM
Chris Chavez cranks his arm back while palming a deflated volleyball. His other hand grips a broomstick positioned between his legs. He eyes his target: a 39-inch rubber hoop mounted to some PVC pipe. Before releasing his ball, he has to maneuver around...
| Sep 21, 2012
| 4:15 PM
Because I have somehow (sadly) become one of those people who gets his news through Twitter, I was recently confused at an explosion of outrage on my feed over something called "sock puppetry."
I couldn't imagine why the long-departed Shari Lewis would...
| Sep 25, 2012
| 9:57 AM
J.K. Rowling's first stab at adult literature, "The Casual Vacancy," won't be released until Thursday, but it's already headed to the top of the best seller lists. It's currently at #3 by Amazon and #2 by Barnes & Noble. Not a bad start.
| Sep 26, 2012
| 10:00 PM
It's hardly shocking that the most fully realized characters in "The Casual Vacancy," J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults, are the youngest.
Fats Wall, Krystal Weedon, Gaia Bawden, Andrew Price, Sukhvinder Jawanda: Even the names are vaguely...
| Sep 27, 2012
| 3:55 AM
LONDON (Reuters) - J.K. Rowling's first foray into adult fiction was bound to be compared to her wildly successful Harry Potter series, and, while "The Casual Vacancy" has earned mixed reviews, for some critics the magic has worn off.
The Casual Vacancy,...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 1:16 PM
I'm looking at the shelves in my living room and I stopped counting at 140 books with three shelves to go. That's just one room where I stash books. There's two others, plus an office, plus some boxes I've never unpacked, not to mention the digital bits...
| Dec 24, 2012
| 9:34 AM
This year a number of big name authors released new books. But for the most part those releases underwhelmed me. Instead I was enchanted by new writers and by new styles of writing.
"The Gods of Gotham" by Lyndsay Faye, published by Amy Einhorn...
| Dec 12, 2012
| 10:14 AM
If you weren't watching the Colbert Report on Tuesday night, you missed Stephen Colbert poking fun at author Malcolm Gladwell's shock of curly hair. Gladwell, for his part, looked kind of uncomfortable, and didn't even try to make a hair joke in return....
| Dec 12, 2012
| 4:40 PM
On Wednesday, the Dalkey Archive Press posted an announcement in its employment section. Founding publisher John O'Brien, it said, will be stepping down. He's been with the press, which is known for publishing books that are avant-garde and experimental,...
| Dec 1, 2012
Never mind the Morlocks. For a book lover, the most chilling scene in the 1960 screen adaptation of "The Time Machine" is the one in which the Time Traveler is taken to the decrepit library of the Eloi race. "I can learn all I want about you from books,"...