| 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 Brontės, Elizabeth Gilbert has taken cues from the greatest 19th century writers for her big 19th century-style...
| Apr 3, 2013
| 1:25 PM
For years, people who read Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's novels assumed she was born in India. She wrote about swamis, social climbers, duplicitous landlords and other characters from the Indian bourgeoisie who inevitably found themselves colliding with...
| Apr 22, 2013
826CHI is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students. 826chi.org
Tom Acitelli is author...
| Apr 8, 2013
| 12:35 PM
For its 2013-14 season, the Broad Stage in Santa Monica will present appearances by actress Patti LuPone, opera singer Bryn Terfel, violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the Los Angeles dance group Bodytraffic. Members of the Simon Bolivar Symphony...
| Apr 14, 2013
Amazon has purchased the book-oriented social networking site Goodreads for an undisclosed sum. Speculation from Bloomberg Businessweek based on other social media properties (like Instagram and LinkedIn) puts the market price close to $1 billion. Other...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 2:26 PM
Rarely does a literary classic transfer from page to stage as eloquently as Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" does in the current production by the Annapolis Shakespeare Company at Bowie Playhouse.
Everything works beautifully, beginning with Jon...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 2:28 PM
Imagine hearing the phrase: "Wow, you're just like one of the boys!" Then imagine hearing the phrase: "Wow, you're just like every other woman!"
Now decide which phrase is a compliment.
That didn't take very long, did it?
Let's face it: For a...
| 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...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 5:39 AM
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word: CANT The earliest sense of the protean word cant that the...