| Apr 17, 2012
| 1:32 PM
Oxymoronic as the whole notion may seem, chess hustlers are one of the pleasures of urban life. I've watched naive amateur players get taken for hard cash by well-masked intellectual killers in Washington Square Park in New York, Harvard Square in...
| Aug 19, 2012
Elie Wiesel, translated from the French by Catherine Temerson
Alfred A. Knopf: 214 pp., $25.95
It's hard to read Elie Wiesel's new novel, "Hostage," without thinking about his classic...
| Jan 28, 2012
| 11:51 AM
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (CNN) -- Mourners remembered legendary singer Etta James on Saturday as an authentic voice whose velvety vocals bridged genres from blues to rock.
The Rev. Al Sharpton presided over her funeral in southern California where she was...
| Aug 29, 2011
He was the son of a sharecropper, the grandson of a slave and -- for an extraordinary 80-plus years -- the voice of the Delta blues.
David "Honeyboy" Edwards picked cotton and pulled corn on Mississippi Delta plantations from age 9, living the hard...
| Oct 18, 2010
| 11:07 AM
By Anne Lamott
Penguin Group, 288 pages, $25.95
We might as well begin with Ingmar Bergman’s film “The Seventh Seal,” which plays at a local theater in Anne Lamott’s new novel, “Imperfect Birds,” and...
| May 4, 2012
| 8:12 AM
A multicolored grouping of four clapboard rowhouses in Fells Point stands out like Gerbera daisies against the Formstone and brick fronts of its neighbors on either side.
Architect Myrna Poirier calls one of these gems home and will soon invite...
| Jun 26, 2011
First of two parts
He kept thinking that there had been a mistake, that he'd be out in no time. That the system, set into motion by some misunderstanding or act of malice, would soon correct itself.
That was before the detective informed him of the...
| Jul 25, 2011
| 6:20 AM
It's been two days since the news of Amy Winehouse's death, and I'm still trying to wrap my head around it all. While Twitter and Facebook feeds filled with appreciations and ugly jokes (did you hear the one about "Rehab"?), I returned to Back to Black,...
| Sep 13, 2010
| 4:36 PM
"Rubicon" showed us something Sunday night that I hadn’t seen on television: a fictional depiction of the process by which the U.S. attempts to verify information from terrorist suspects detained in so-called black sites around the world during “...
| Sep 20, 2010
| 9:36 PM
Sid Meier's beloved "Civilization" franchise gets its fifth installment tomorrow, but the Wall Street Journal wonders: What's left for the video game series? Firaxis' Ed Beach, the game's gameplay and AI programming lead, says there's plenty: The most...
| Oct 1, 2010
| 4:33 PM
Lucy Van Pelt: How about cats? If you're afraid of cats, you have ailurophasia. Charlie Brown: Well, sort of, but I'm not sure. Actually, the word is "ailurophobia," and Bela Lugosi's character suffers it intensely in "The Black Cat" --......