| Sep 26, 2013
| 10:30 AM
With a charming, flawed heroine straight out of Jane Austen, a Dickensian rags-to-riches story and thwarted romances that hark back to the Brontës, Elizabeth Gilbert has taken cues from the greatest 19th century writers for her big 19th century-style...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 8:35 AM
In the latest edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, author Jane Austen is quoted 1,640 times. She coined phrases like "dirt-cheap" and "dog-tired." Her influence on popular culture is undeniable. And her famous novel Pride and Prejudice turns 200 this...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 8:15 AM
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a pop star in possession of strong pipes must be in want of historical literary bling.
But Kelly Clarkson, one-time "American Idol" winner and apparent Jane Austen fan, won't be wearing Austen's gold and...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 10:22 AM
"Breaking Bad" may be almost over, but its props live on -- at an auction house, where anyone can buy them. So you could own an authentic "Breaking Bad" singed teddy bear, Los Pollos Hermanos bucket, or one of Walter White's books.
Note: Those who...
| Sep 15, 2013
| 9:32 PM
A weekly listing of intriguing, wacky, useful, provocative and otherwise interesting links that readers and I have come across and think you might want to see. Free origin stories: Watch The "Seinfeld" pilot and read (on Kindle) the first issue......
| Sep 9, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Incongruous as it may seem, the pleasures of Jane Austen and the horrors of the British slave trade make a surprisingly elegant and emotionally satisfying fit in "Belle," director Amma Asante's biographical drama about how an exceedingly rare member of...
| Jul 21, 2013
Re "Romeo, Romeo! Text me back ...," July 13
William Shakespeare is arguably the father of English literature. We, the product of centuries of pseudo-intellectual hubris, are now embarking on the ultimate "fool's errand" — rewriting Shakespeare to...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 1:00 PM
The '70s were a tough time to be a chimpanzee in America. Sure, some costarred with Clint Eastwood in movies and on TV in the inexplicable "BJ and the Bear," but the relationship between humans and primates was not a kind one in the scientific world, as...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 12:28 PM
LONDON -- The Bank of England swallowed its pride and overcame its perceived prejudice Wednesday by designating Jane Austen as the new face of the 10-pound note, bowing to public outrage over the possibility that only male historical figures would be...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 4:05 PM
Keri Russell, she of "Felicity" and "Waitress" and many others, is such a winning actress, even in a flat soda of a comedy like "Austenland," she's in there, doing all she can to carbonate things.
Against type, she plays the insecure thirtysomething...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 1:07 PM
It's been two decades since Groundlings alum Jennifer Coolidge got her first big break in "The Masseuse" episode of the NBC series "Seinfeld," as Jerry's new masseuse girlfriend who refuses to give him a massage. In the subsequent 20 years, the...