| May 25, 2014
| 3:09 PM
Like many artists before her, Lisa Su has found inspiration from the intricate patterns and textures found in nature: the red seeds from the inside of a pomegranate, barnacles adhering to a rock.
Yet the materials she uses are not beautiful or intricate....
| May 16, 2014
Do you know the Mount Rushmore game?
Essentially, you pick a category like, say, candy bars and decide which of them belongs on the candy bar Mount Rushmore.
(For the record, the answer is: Snickers, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Twix and Kit Kat.)...
| May 16, 2014
In 2007's "Blonde Faith," fans of Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins mysteries had a fright. They could never be sure, but it looked like Rawlins, an imperfect man driven to right the world's wrongs, was dead.
Fate and Mosley weren't that cruel, and Rawlins...
| May 16, 2014
He's best known for "Endless Love," a novel that immerses its readers in an intense, visceral meditation on first love, one much richer and more complex than either of the book's two film adaptations. (The first, uniformly christened a disaster by...
| Apr 25, 2014
Given that each broadcast of Garrison Keillor's long-running radio show, "A Prairie Home Companion," is itself a kind of anthology — a grab-bag of music, comedy skits and a centerpiece monologue, "The News From Lake Wobegon" — it seems...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Sheldon Cooper, top nerd on "The Big Bang," jokes about neutrinos. So did John Updike in the witty short poem "Cosmic Gall," printed in 1960 in the New Yorker. But Canadian astrophysicist Ray Jayawardhana suggests we take them seriously indeed in...
| Dec 1, 2013
A pop-up book and a smartphone prop. A pretty little poncho and a sturdy, stylish tripod. A comfy new pillow and a little lamb that lulls you to sleep. These are some of the finds that just might wind up on your wish list — or your shopping list for...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 6:05 AM
Sex that compares to supernovas, solar systems, quarks and atomic nuclei? Oh my.
Such is the (possibly over-)heated prose of UMBC professor Manil Suri, whose literary description of the sexual act in his novel "The City of Devi" was so overwhelming in...
| Dec 15, 2013
Here at the editorial board of The Sun, we like to give Columbia a little good-natured ribbing from time to time. James Rouse's planned community has gotten enough critical accolades in the national press since its opening in 1967 — for its...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 8:54 AM
Writers have always had a problematic relationship with money, never more so than in this increasingly freelance economy. Jane Friedman and Manjula Martin have launched Scratch magazine -- which defines itself as a site about the intersection of writing...
| Apr 11, 2014
In his new biography, "Updike," Adam Begley examines John Updike's life and work from childhood to Harvard, his stint at The New Yorker to his newfound notoriety after the publication of his racy 1968 novel, "Couples." Begley follows Updike through two...