| Jan 24, 2014
| 12:37 PM
The films of Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda are a tough sell. At their worst — which would be “Maborosi” (1995), his first feature — they can be crushingly dull. At their best — like, say, “Nobody Knows”...
| Jan 24, 2014
As the impact of the Internet and digital technology continues to treat publishing like an Etch-a-Sketch, seemingly redrawing its rules and parameters every other week, it's hard to know who is "winning" and who is "losing."
According to Colin Robinson,...
| 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 22, 2014
| 1:28 PM
Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Ave. in Hartford, helps Hartford Stage celebrate its 50th anniversary season with an exhibit “Stagecraft: 50 Years of Design at Hartford Stage,” from Tuesday, Jan. 21, until Wednesday, March 5.
| 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,...
| 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 27, 2014
| 12:49 PM
On Thursday, Jan. 29, 1863, a 27-year-old newspaper reporter named Samuel L. Clemens traveled by early morning stagecoach from the hilly mining town of Virginia City, Nev., to Carson City, the territorial capital on the flats. That evening he felt...
| Dec 30, 2013
Maybe you'll be standing on your front porch banging pots and pans. Maybe you'll be singing a chorus of "Auld Lang Syne" in the company of your auldest friends. Maybe you'll be sitting by yourself taking quiet stock and making a few hopeful resolutions....
| Jan 1, 2014
| 7:00 AM
When Nelson Lopéz was preparing the first bilingual translation of "Tales of Clay," a landmark short-story collection by the legendary Salvadoran writer known as Salarrué, he turned for inspiration to some unlikely sources: Mark Twain and the Coen...
| 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."