| Aug 8, 2010
Mark Haskell Smith
Black Cat Press: 352 pp., $14 paper
The first sentence of "Baked," the new thriller by Mark Haskell Smith, features a four-letter profanity. The second sentence goes: "He walked out of his house and into the white-...
| Jul 17, 2011
The huge infrastructure that President Obama is putting together for his reelection effort was already visible in the first few months of spending by his campaign, which doled out $10.5 million for a massive bricks-and-mortar operation based in Chicago....
| Aug 22, 2010
Part of a series of occasional articles.
Two weeks ago, rock band Arcade Fire landed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts with its third album, "The Suburbs." For the band's devoted fans as well as some online music prognosticators, hitting the top...
| Aug 15, 2011
In the summer of 1994, carpet-tile mogul Ray C. Anderson made a sobering discovery: Although his billion-dollar business was the biggest of its kind in the world, everything about it was wrong.
That realization came after reading "The Ecology of...
| Oct 25, 2010
| 9:19 AM
From the Midnight Sun blog:
Justin Bieber is getting into the fragrance business. Some genius at Etoile Nation Beauty convinced the 16-year-old to go into the trade where Jennifer Lopez and Sarah Jessica Parker have thrived, as if it were possible to...
| Jul 22, 2011
| 12:41 PM
Trying on shoes at a department store, I was struck by how long it took for the salesperson to return from the stock room.
"Where did he go?" I asked author Rachel Shteir, my new shopping companion.
"Now, if you wanted to steal those, you would just...
| Mar 31, 2011
| 4:44 PM
Fifty percent of thermal paper receipts and most dollar bills tested in a new study are tainted with Bisphenol A, according to a report released on March 30, by the Washington Toxics Coalition.
BPA, a chemical that disrupts hormones and has been linked...
| Nov 30, 2010
Early this fall, before any kind of promotional push for Kanye West's new album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," had begun in earnest, the Grammy-winning rapper-producer took to his widely read Twitter account to vent. Even for a creative firebrand...
| Sep 11, 2011
When my son was born three years ago, we received an olive green romper embroidered with a tiny red elephant, an outfit that came from a children's boutique specializing in a line of handmade, local and eco-friendly clothing and toys. No matter how many...
| Oct 23, 2011
Millions of us will gather in just a few days to observe a ritual that some have been anticipating all year.
We'll spend our savings, experience a sugar rush and garb ourselves in garments inspired by our favorite characters. We'll dress up like Angry...
| Nov 1, 2011
The J.D. Byrider used-car dealership in Visalia, Calif., sits amid a jumble of tow yards, hubcap vendors and vacant lots littered with empty beer cans.
More than $7 billion in subprime auto securities were sold by a dozen issuers through June 30,...