| Dec 23, 2010
NEW YORK — For someone steeped in murder, grift and shady characters, Otto Penzler is remarkably cheerful.
"I'm the happiest person you know. I am an optimist, I'm happy, I love life, I love friends, I love my job," he says in his book-lined...
| Apr 30, 2011
Created by FDR in 1935, in the depths of the Great Depression, the Federal Writers' Project (a small part of the wider Works Progress Administration) was a make-work agency that gave jobs to about 6,500 writers, editors and researchers before closing shop...
| May 22, 2011
His friends knew he had a way with words. So when some filmmakers acquainted with Jo Nesbo asked the Norwegian crime writer to suggest a title for their upcoming horror movie, he tried to oblige.
After musing on the story — friends go on a...
| Aug 10, 2007
VANCOUVER, Canada -- Back then, it didn't seem like a great career move. "I don't think anyone told me that I was crazy," William Gibson recalled last week, sitting on the leafy patio of a Creole restaurant near his home. "But they didn't read science...
| Jun 30, 2009
The University of Illinois formalized its system for tracking clouted applicants after an unqualified student with ties to ex- Gov. Jim Thompson was rejected, angering a top administrator who reversed the decision, a former admissions worker testified...
| Feb 28, 2009
To launch a collection of his luxury textiles by manufacturer Jim Thompson, designer Hutton Wilkinson opened the doors last week to Dawnridge -- his Beverly Hills residence that he purchased and preserved as a living museum to the extravagant vision of...
| Aug 26, 2010
| 1:12 PM
First filmed in the mid-1970s, novelist Jim Thompson's melodrama about a deputy sheriff who's secretly a serial killer may seem less unique in the age of television's "Dexter," but it remains a potent vehicle for its main star ... in this case, Casey...
| Sep 21, 2010
| 8:00 PM
The John Burroughs High School Arrowhead Club roared into Johnny Carson Park with its 23rd annual car show fundraiser Sunday. Staged with the assistance of the Burbank Kiwanis For Fun Foundation, this annual event benefits the Burroughs football program....
| Dec 16, 2009
State Farm won't pull out of Florida after all. But homeowners shouldn't rejoice just yet. The insurance giant will raise residential-property premiums by 14.8 percent.
Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty said Wednesday that an agreement...
| Feb 7, 2010
Purists may differ on the semantics, arguing that the new decade won't start for another 11 months, but psychologically, it's hard not to be swayed by the switch from 19 to 20, and from leaving "two-thousand-nine" for "twenty-ten." And so, by consensus,...
| Apr 22, 2011
| 12:15 PM
Even in today's real estate market, you pay a premium for houses that don't need at least a little bit of fixing up. Houses with "potential" can often be had at bargain prices.
For an excellent example of what the right vision can bring to such a house,...