| Mar 20, 2015
| 3:37 PM
Writing in the Guardian newspaper recently, novelist and Esquire columnist Stephen Marche extolled the virtues of "centireading."
You read that correctly. He has read a book a hundred times. Two books, actually, "Hamlet," as part of his graduate...
| Nov 10, 2012
I wrestle with my demons just like everybody else, addicted as I am to Mariel Hemingway movies and those little "fun-sized" Snickers bars, of which several trillion are floating around in these weeks after Halloween.
Airlift them to Cuba. Put them in...
| Dec 31, 2014
Heading into the new year, the local art house scene is as wide-ranging as ever. Offering an alternative to massive studio pictures, the lineup features small indies, old-school classics, documentaries and foreign films. Here's a quick look at some...
| Jan 25, 2015
| 6:40 PM
Tobias Picker, whose "Thérèse Raquin" was revived by Long Beach Opera on Saturday night at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, is a New Yorker with a melodramatic style that seems to suit California. He is the only composer to have been commissioned by...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 3:40 PM
Although it is not what his stories are known for, rape occurs frequently in the work of Stephen King — often in long, graphically detailed and brutal scenes. King is a master of horror, so this is not surprising — rape is horrific, and all...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 9:02 AM
Walking across Western Avenue on a muggy September afternoon, Gillian Flynn stepped through the rutted pavement of a construction zone and explained with patience and precision how she would murder me one day. Granted, I had asked. Say you needed to...
| Sep 26, 2014
When I was young, whenever I'd go into a new house, I'd pretend I needed to go to the bathroom, and instead go searching for a wardrobe that might take me to Narnia.
American houses are big on closets, so I often wouldn't find a wardrobe, but any...
| Jan 19, 2011
Call Rob McGarry a serial book-trader, which is to say he joined the growing numbers of consumers who choose to save money by trading and bartering books, DVDs, CDs and video games with others online.
McGarry, of Orlando, was tired of losing space in his...
| Apr 3, 2012
| 12:35 PM
Lucas Neff, a born-and-raised Chicago actor, was fortunate enough to snag a leading role in a popular TV sitcom, "Raising Hope" on the Fox network. He plays a lovable but generally clueless young man, a role that, in the great scheme of the...
| Sep 23, 2011
| 7:53 AM
"The Lost Memory of Skin" (Ecco) by Russell Banks. Coming Tuesday. Banks, one of our finest and most adventurous novelists, is not afraid to tackle big, tough topics that persistently bedevil the human species, and with his 17th book, he has...
| Nov 4, 2011
| 8:43 AM
In every life, a little fall must reign.
One slip, one missed opportunity, one hesitation or wrong turn can haunt you forever, casting an intractable shadow over the rest of your days. The words "if only" are never far from anyone's thoughts.