| May 8, 2014
| 5:29 PM
Alicia Silverstone and her costars had a "Clueless" reunion at a special screening of the 1995 hit comedy that's credited with launching the phrases "my bad" and "as if" into the mainstream vernacular.
The actress, 37, who played blond Beverly Hills...
| Sep 16, 2013
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......
| Aug 3, 2011
"Seventies Los Angeles is really not ever very far from my mind, for some weird reason," says author Dana Spiotta, a former Angeleno who now lives in upstate New York. "I just love '70s Los Angeles."
The city plays a big part in her latest novel,...
| Jul 8, 2012
LONDON — I'm a Londoner and I love London. And 2012 is London's year. But it's not an easy city — not to navigate, not to find affordable accommodations, not to stay dry. As we approach the Olympics, here are some tips that may help you. If...
| Nov 18, 2012
Richard Robbins, the composer who created memorable scores for such films as "A Room With a View," "Howards End" and "The Remains of the Day" during a quarter-century collaboration with director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant, has died. He was...
| Dec 24, 2011
When we think about the year-end holidays, books often are at the center of our memories. Maybe we received a special book as a gift, and it became a cherished memento. Or maybe we read a book about the holidays each year, as a treasured part of our...
| Jul 22, 2011
| 12:41 PM
Our group is made up of women who live in the Del Webb community of Huntley. We meet monthly in each other's homes.
We really liked "Escape" by Carolyn Jessop with Laura Palmer. "Escape" tells the story of Jessop's life in the Fundamentalist Church of...
| Aug 17, 2011
Can you believe the audacity of that darn Google?
Oh, not the planned $12.5 billion purchase of Libertyville-based Motorola Mobility. Whatever. We're talking about Google Plus (the search giant's answer to Facebook) allowing users to keep their gender...
| Aug 22, 2011
| 4:00 AM
To Zac, my son:
As you prepare to enter college, one of your childhood pleasures — the "Harry Potter" books and movies — is ending in theaters around the world. What a journey author J.K. Rowling provided for you and millions of young...
| Sep 7, 2011
Few 18th century authors have achieved the modern popular success that Jane Austen now enjoys. Her novels are always in print, and in the last decades they have been adapted into films and television miniseries, from "Sense and Sensibility," "Emma,"...
| Sep 1, 2011
| 8:32 PM
No sooner does September check in than local stage productions flood in.
The honor of kicking off the 2011-12 season goes to the Costa Mesa Playhouse. This weekend it revives Noel Coward's ghostly comedy "Blithe Spirit." That's the antique chuckler about...