| Aug 23, 2013
| 8:41 AM
Eight years ago, novelist Shannon Hale read an interview with a writer who was on the verge of publishing her first book.
“Ohhh,” Hale sighed sympathetically. “It doesn’t sound like she has writer friends.”
| Aug 23, 2013
| 3:48 PM
It may not seem like your typical rom-com duo: Keri Russell, known as a clandestine Russian spy in FX's retro thriller “The Americans,” and Bret McKenzie of New Zealand's comic-music duo, “Flight of the Conchords.” Put them both in...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 4:06 PM
“There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man,” Rod Serling once wrote, beginning his weekly introduction to “The Twilight Zone.” Now there is a sixth dimension he probably never imagined, as the Impro Theatre...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 11:24 AM
In one episode of the sitcom “Seinfeld,” George Costanza tries to impress his girlfriend by joining a book club. The first book he has to read is “Breakfast at Tiffany's,” by Truman Capote. For George, the novella is a slog:...
| 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...
| Dec 29, 2013
For the last couple of years I have been writing a love letter to the love letter, a pleasurably nostalgic if doomed task. I've been pondering what we stand to lose if we abandon pen and stamps forever and just stick to email and social media. How much...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 11:07 AM
Here's a look at two recently released sequels in romance fiction.
Virginia Beach author Terri Osburn, whose debut novel “Meant to Be” (Montlake Romance, 2013) hit best-seller status earlier this year, recently released “Up to the...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 9:02 AM
The Second City puts a twist on Dickens, the Troubies build a holiday show around one-hit wonders, and Impro Theatre is making it up as it goes along in "Jane Austen Unscripted."
The Gizmo Guys Comedy juggling act for ages 4 and up. La Mirada Theatre...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 9:00 AM
The beloved erotic bestseller "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James is going to be a movie someday. Despite some rocky starts -- its original Christian Grey backed out citing scheduling conflicts -- the film is in production now, with Jamie Dornan as...
| Dec 7, 2013
| 8:31 AM
Pray consider this sentence from one of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe murder mysteries: "Everyone has something they don't want anyone to see; that is one of the functions of a home, to provide a spot to keep such things."
I offer it not as a response to...