| Sep 10, 2014
| 11:40 AM
Science fiction-fantasy legend Ursula K. Le Guin will be awarded the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the group announced Tuesday. Le Guin, 84, will be the 27th winner of the medal and the second science...
| Sep 7, 2014
The unofficial start of the Virginia Symphony season has been in full swing with a terrific lineup of free outdoor concerts throughout Hampton Roads.
The series began with four concerts over the Labor Day weekend in Williamsburg, Yorktown, Hampton and...
| 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...
| 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...
| Apr 14, 2014
| 5:20 AM
Things get small — really small — in this week’s episode of "Cosmos," which tackles the unseen universe at the atomic scale, from the teeming ecosystem inside a single dewdrop and the intricate machinery inside a plant’s cells,...
| Feb 21, 2014
This is an ambitious work about an enduring ambition — "The Dream of the Great American Novel." As Lawrence Buell's title suggests, there's something both wide-eyed and not-quite-actual about the idea of the G.A.N., an abbreviation first coined by...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 1:43 PM
In an effort to correct the missteps of literary history, Bookslut has launched the Daphne, a prize for the best book published 50 years ago. Sure, there was a National Book Award in 1963 -- but Bookslut thinks it went to the wrong title.
| Jun 9, 2014
| 5:16 PM
Father's Day is Sunday, and as always, I'm on the lookout for books that make great gifts. This year, I thought it would be fun to ask several dads around the Daily Press newsroom for suggestions. Here's what they had to say.
From entertainment staff...
| 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...