| Feb 10, 2013
| 9:07 AM
Melissa McCarthy stole the show at the box office this weekend, proving she has the star power to attract moviegoers to theaters even during a blizzard.
"Identity Thief," her comedy co-starring Jason Bateman, easily ran away with the weekend's No. 1...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 9:52 AM
David Rakoff's "Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish" is a beautiful yet strange object: The title emerges through holes punched in the cover like a child's code key, punctuating a fetching portrait of a red-haired woman done by the Canadian...
| Apr 22, 2013
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Tom Acitelli is author...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 12:55 PM
Anthony Madrid lives in Chicago. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Gulf Coast, The Iowa Review, Poetry and Web Conjunctions. His first book is “I Am Your Slave Now Do What I Say.”
Rebecca Makkai is...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 1:59 PM
The Banksy-bonanza in New York City is stalled -- at least temporarily.
So far this month, the prankster British street artist has put on a colorful, frenetic treasure hunt of sorts with his monthlong “artists residency,” “Better Out...
| Jun 12, 2011
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"All the new thinking is about loss," Robert Hass begins his 1979 poem "Meditation at Lagunitas." Structuralism had put poets in a bind by arguing that words are meaningless symbols assigned...
| Jan 2, 2012
| 7:57 AM
Outspoken movie critic and columnist Rex Reed at will speak 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29 as part of "Open Visions Forum" lecture series at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
His lecture is entitled "Hollywood Notebook:...
| Jun 30, 2011
| 6:25 AM
Ken Mehlman has been an open member of the club for less than a year, but he's already made its "who's who" list.
The Baltimore native who served as a campaign manager for President George W. Bush in 2004 and chaired the Republican National Committee...
| Jul 12, 2011
| 10:35 AM
Candace Bushnell single-handedly created the modern chick-lit genre in 1997 with Sex and the City, a collection of essays based on her fabulous New York life, which included plenty of gossip, cocktails and designer bags and shoes. Of course, that book...
| Aug 9, 2012
Just when the chef memoir had started tasting a little overly familiar — the long struggles to cook their food their way, the breakthrough review, the stove burns, the final 60 pages where nothing much happens but happiness and prosperity —...
| Aug 14, 2012
| 5:10 PM
An online rant by a man whose sister was killed in a car crash in Baltimore went viral this week after he accused Progressive Advanced Insurance Co. of siding with the driver whose car hit his sister's vehicle in June 2010.
Matt Fisher's Monday post on...