| Apr 28, 2014
| 10:11 AM
The most famous Kurt Vonnegut graduation speech is the one he never gave: “Wear Sunscreen,” which went viral on the Internet in 1997 and a year later inspired the spoken word song “Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen” by Baz...
| May 2, 2014
My adopted home state of South Carolina is making a strong run to unseat Illinois for the top spot on the rankings of politicians behaving stupidly.
Our percentage of politicians being indicted on criminal charges may be lower, but we have some state-...
| May 4, 2014
| 4:04 AM
The renovation of Hartford's XL Center arena presents plenty of challenges: dealing with season-ticket holders whose seats must be moved to make way for new premium boxes; ordering custom-made parts because heating and cooling systems are so old; and...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 10:02 AM
Los Angeles needs publishers. Certainly, there are some fine presses here — Red Hen, Prospect Park, Angel City — but the number remains small, especially for a city of this size. That’s one of the challenges embodied by Unnamed Press,...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 7:59 AM
If you’re looking for a way to commemorate William Shakespeare’s birthday — he was born 450 years ago today, on April 23, 1564 — the most interesting party may take place at UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Memorial Library in...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 12:30 PM
"People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them," wrote James Baldwin in "Notes of a Native Son." Much of novelist Emma Donoghue's literary career has involved the liberation of historical figures, often women, from the constraints of the...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 1:43 PM
Walter Dean Myers, a celebrated author known for writing books about young African Americans, such as "Monster," "Fallen Angels" and "Hoops," has died. He was 76.
"Walter's many award-winning books do not shy away from the sometimes gritty truth of...
| Jun 20, 2014
The best part about working at a college is that I'm pretty much the dumbest person around.
It's not that I think I'm particularly dumb, it's just that I'm surrounded by people who know a lot of really interesting stuff.
It is simultaneously...
| Jun 6, 2014
She bought her clothes for their colors in secondhand shops — "beautiful reds and oranges, and greens and pinks, and teals and turquoise" — and wore them in happy mismatch. She danced feathers and a few sequins to Alvin Ailey's leopard print...
| May 28, 2014
| 7:28 AM
Poet, memoirist and performer Maya Angelou has died at age 86, Wake Forest University announced Wednesday. The multi-talented artist was also a celebrated civil rights advocate and pioneer.
As a poet, Angelou was best known for reading at President...
| May 28, 2014
| 3:27 PM
You want to think that when a person has lived a robust life, her death won't sting as much. But on Wednesday when I learned of the great poet Maya Angelou’s passing, that life well-lived didn't make me feel any less heartbroken.
One of my first...