| Apr 23, 2014
| 5:47 AM
The Wall Street Journal says there's no difference between a child whose primary interest is reading and a child who uses social media obsessively. In WSJ's March 22-23 "Mind and Matter" column, Alison Gopnik recounts, in fable form, her childhood...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 7:00 AM
With every click, every tweet, every share, am I being exploited or am I taking advantage of the digital revolution?
This is the question I kept asking myself as I read Astra Taylor's "The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 6:45 AM
As an Army officer in the late 1960s, I was trained in riot control, responding to the race riots in Washington, D.C. after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and just before my departure to Vietnam. I have a simple solution. You see the use of...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 1:10 PM
A college dropout accused of gunning down his parents in February as they slept in their San Juan Capistrano mansion became a suspect in the double homicide only after authorities unearthed clues on his cellphone, according to a just-released grand jury...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 10:46 PM
Running on at least four sleepless nights and with his heart racing, Ashton Sachs allegedly scaled the wall that ringed his parents' mansion and — clutching a rifle — let himself in the front door.
At the top of the staircase, authorities...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 1:30 PM
In 1954, Bill Haley shook, rattled and rolled. In 2003, Beyoncé went crazy in love. That's two pop stars, among the biggest of their time, using similar language (and similar grooves) to describe more or less the same thing.
But think of all that...
| Jul 11, 2014
| 10:43 AM
Could comedian Henry Phillips be the next Emeril Lagasse? Nope. Not in anyone's lifetime. But this new video of him making baked spaghetti is amazing.
"I've found that if you have a really good saute pan, you really don't need someone to share your...
| Jul 11, 2014
| 12:25 PM
Roman Polanski's adaptation of David Ives's play "Venus in Fur" — itself a sort of meta-adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's 1870 short novella (whose title is usually translated as "Venus in Furs") — is, among other things, a...
| May 19, 2014
A weekly listing of intriguing, wacky, useful, provocative and otherwise interesting links that readers and I have come across and think you might want to see. A column earlier this month by the Tribune's Amy "Ask Amy" Dickinson has gone......
| Jun 25, 2014
| 10:00 PM
*** (out of four)
First: How could anyone make a documentary in which the narrator constantly mispronounces the subject’s name?! In “The Internet’s Own Boy,” a well-organized doc about late Reddit co-creator and suburban...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 2:30 PM
As the new Netflix highlight reel puts it, the ladies of Litchfield are back with conviction in the second season of "Orange Is the New Black."
"This is about more than business, ladies. I'm telling you how to survive," says Lorraine Toussaint's Vee....