| Dec 26, 2013
| 9:43 AM
2013 will go down as a dark and dismal year in the history of Laguna Beach. It was the year Laguna couldn't make fun of itself.
As always, Orange County's most arts-heavy community offered plenty of excitement in the past 12 months. But one ingredient...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 1:15 PM
Blizzards, hurricanes, ice storms, tornadoes, heat and cold, floods and drought — we have it all here in New England. Especially the "biggies," that is, the weather events that can impact or change our lives in a matter of minutes. For that reason...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 3:48 PM
In perhaps the most frequently quoted line from The Hartford Courant, this newspaper commented in August 1897: "A well known American writer said once that, while everybody talked about the weather, nobody seemed to do anything about it."
| Jan 7, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"It is a beautiful, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate."
Obsessive readers will recognize that the above PR quote on the...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 2:00 PM
Magdalena Zyzak's delightful first novel, "The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkiel," has no noble characters, a good deal of mean-spirited behavior, and it all ends badly — in other words, it's a comedy. For those who think that religious fanaticism, racial...
| Jan 12, 2014
Just a month ago, scientists announced that they'd found the coldest place on Earth: a high ridge in the East Antarctic Plateau where it was minus 136 degrees Fahrenheit. After last week, some Chicagoans may want to nominate a few places closer to home....
| Jan 14, 2014
| 2:40 PM
“Stagecraft: 50 Years of Design at Hartford Stage,” Hartford Stage's 50th anniversary touring exhibit comes to Hartford’s Mark Twain House & Museum Jan. 21 to March 5. “Stagecraft” consists of a selection of costumes, props...
| Jan 17, 2014
Shortly after the 1975 release of E.L. Doctorow's novel "Ragtime," the novelist drew not only praise but fierce condemnation for inflecting historical figures and facts with the spin of fiction. As his critics then saw it, his genre-blurring book...
| Jan 17, 2014
Diane Johnson's sometimes delightful new memoir, "Flyover Lives," gets off to a start as rocky as an Illinois farm field uncleared of glacial debris.
First, the title: Though people who live on the East or West Coasts of the United States might refer to...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Snow in Connecticut is as common as the head cold.
Amid our sizable inventory of snowstorms, however, there are a shovelful that stand out for reasons as diverse as their intensity, size, duration, timing, early or late arrival, even their political...
| Jan 25, 2014
| 4:15 AM
Forecasting the weather -- or trying to -- is as old as civilization.
Around 340 B.C., the Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote a four-volume text exploring the origins and dynamics of different weather events.
Still, for many hundreds of years,...