| Oct 15, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Socrates was said to have been the ugliest man in Athens. We don't know much about the great thinker on whom modern philosophy is grounded, but we do have a pretty good notion that he had bulging eyes and a disagreeable nose. He was grubby. He was often...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 1:16 PM
Taylor Swift does quite a bit to encourage tabloid attention -- at least that's how Jody Rosen of New York magazine sees it.
The Grammy-winning "Mean" singer-songwriter opened up to the weekly mag about her career and her history of kissing and...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
DEAR JOYCE: I'm an auto-service writer and have been a hard worker all my life, always going the extra step and getting along well with co-workers. I thought I was in line for the service manager's job, but last week the company brought in someone else...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 1:15 PM
In most modern narratives, the story of the Beats began when Allen Ginsberg first read "Howl" to rapturous audiences, when his poetic evocation of youth gone wrong and hope and rebellion and power and gay love was banned and became famous.
That was in...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 8:43 AM
The Wikimedia Foundation has sent a cease and desist letter to Wiki-PR, a public relations agency that has reportedly been engaging in paid advocacy editing on free online encyclopedia Wikipedia.
In the three-page letter, the nonprofit Wikimedia...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 10:12 AM
The very best piece of writing I’ve encountered on Twitter comes from a feed called NeinQuarterly.
Here it is: “At Starbucks I order under the name Godot. Then leave.”
That’s an almost perfect use of Twitter as a platform:...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 10:37 AM
The Cupertino City Council gave final approval Tuesday for Apple to build a massive new headquarters in the Santa Clara County town of 58,000.
More than 2½ years after the late Steve Jobs first unveiled plans for the ambitious "spaceship" design, the...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 10:30 AM
You've seen smoother, more elegant con movies than "American Hustle," but probably none quite so big-hearted or so rudely, insistently entertaining. As directed by that master of modern farce, David O. Russell, this sprawling fictionalized account of...
| Dec 8, 2013
| 7:38 AM
Adding to what feels like the longest (although not unpleasant) movie rollout in history, stars of the movie sequel "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" joined Paul Rudd on "Saturday Night Live" last night. Between the "SNL" alums and the boy-band...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 1:41 PM
SACRAMENTO -- Assemblyman Mike Gatto said Monday he will introduce a bill next year on the state's probate code. However, what that bill is going to say is still to be determined -- not by the the assemblyman, but by online input.
Gatto (D-Los Angeles)...
| Nov 23, 2013
| 4:00 AM
I've lived in Maryland for my entire life, and I didn't even know that Frederick County had its own holiday on November 23rd until this week.
On this week's episode of J. Doug at Night, House of Delegates candidate Darren Wigfield introduced us to the...