| Aug 7, 2014
| 11:30 AM
There is a certain type of novel that seems to have been written especially for readers who have read a lot of books. These books are written by authors who elevate story above all other concerns and offer an immersion into (sometimes literal) other...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 10:20 AM
"Game of Thrones" fans, are you having withdrawal symptoms as you wait for the HBO series to resume? Then take this in the meantime: on July 31, "The Quest," billed as "a competition taking 12 unsuspecting contestants to an imaginative realm where ogres...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Despite "Fargo's" total 18 Emmy nominations, as well as his own for supporting actor in a miniseries, Colin Hanks is still taken aback by the response the show has garnered. "It's an awesome feeling," he says. "This is on par with so many of these shows...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 4:51 PM
A man who attempted to help police foil an armed robbery at a Crestwood phone store by firing at the fleeing suspect may not have broken the law, but firearms trainers say he ignored a basic rule of carrying a gun in public: Don't try to be a hero....
| Jul 30, 2014
| 5:18 PM
The long relationship between HBO and David Simon will continue with the Baltimore filmmaker co-writing and producing "Show Me a Hero," a six-hour miniseries, for the premium cable channel.
Based on the non-fiction book of the same title by Lisa Belkin,...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 3:28 PM
The paddle-out Sunday morning created a circle wider than Newport Beach had ever seen. By evening, supporters had drawn tighter on shore, with many thousands coming together for a celebration of the life of Ben Carlson.
Around dusk in West Newport,...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 1:51 PM
Another hot Monday night at the Flintridge Proper. The Happy Hour had come and gone. Now was the time for a real cocktail. On the table before me there was a small stemmed glass.
The 1935 edition of the Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book says, "Americans, as a...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 6:19 PM
It would have been nice to get all dramatic and scratchy-voiced right now and say that Wednesday, July 23, 2014, is the 75th anniversary of Batman, and that there can be only one Dark Knight. But that would be a lie. And it wouldn't be honoring the most...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 3:03 AM
Don Christman still remembers the story behind the photo you see on this page.
He and some other boys were playing at their William Penn School playground in Bethlehem when a Morning Call photographer showed up. With the first day of school approaching,...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Just two pages into the book "Unbroken," its protagonist is in the water, hiding beneath the deteriorating life raft in which he has been drifting across the Pacific Ocean for almost a month. Overhead, Japanese bombers are circling back to strafe him a...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 6:35 PM
As the Newport Beach City Council meeting commenced Tuesday night, three large images of a smiling young man were displayed next to the country, state and city flags at the dais.
More than 20 lifeguards, some dressed in their red swim trunks, looked on...