| Dec 2, 2013
| 9:56 PM
When André Schiffrin was fired in 1990 as editor in chief of Pantheon Books, it was regarded as a loud shot in the war between commercialism and quality in American publishing. There were protests by noted authors, including Studs Terkel and Kurt...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 12:32 PM
John James McGinty III, whose fierce leadership of a Marine platoon during a bitter assault by hundreds of North Vietnamese soldiers earned him the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War, died Friday of cancer at his home in Beaufort, S.C. He was 73.
| Dec 4, 2013
| 6:00 AM
NEW YORK — Playwright Rick Elice calls the memorabilia-filled study in his Upper West Side apartment "the garage."
It's a good term for the workshop of a self-described workaholic whose method is a combination of technical rigor, restless...
| Feb 14, 2014
This is no way to go: "Broke, alcoholic and dead from a massive heart attack at just fifty-five." But that was how life ended for Eliot Ness in 1957.
But how very well the subsequent years treated him, allowing him to come to vivid and heroic life,...
| Nov 3, 2013
When last we read Theresa Schwegel, she was four fine novels into a successful career.
The first book, "Officer Down" (2005) won the prestigious Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author. That was followed by "Probable Cause" (2007),...
| Jan 19, 2014
On Oct. 18, 1958, a bizarre-looking apparatus responded to a blaze at a lumberyard on Cermak Road, raised a steel arm hinged in the middle like an elbow, and revolutionized firefighting the world over.
"A fireman in a crow's nest at the top of the tower...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 6:30 AM
Fleming — Ian Fleming — has become the subject of a biographical miniseries, "Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond." Commencing Wednesday on BBC America, it mainly concerns the wartime adventures of the future creator of James Bond when he...
| Nov 11, 2013
The country's newest generation of veterans — the 2 million Americans who served honorably in Iraq and Afghanistan — is eager for meaningful civilian work. But misconceptions about veterans often prevent them from getting a fair shake to put...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 9:04 AM
"Captain Phillips" is a Tom Hanks movie. It is also a Paul Greengrass movie, and the cinematic tumult director Greengrass adroitly captures and sustains in the service of a narrative has a way of keeping his stars unmoored — in a good way —...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 6:17 PM
Vincent Petrella loved his job at the tollway, especially being out on the road in weather people hated.
"He just loved it," said his sister Maria Petrella. "He always looked forward to it when it came to snow. He was just a hard worker."
| Oct 8, 2013
| 3:55 AM
Painter Edward Hopper believed that for art to be honest, its creator had to bring to it a sense of “wonder and humility.” Three exhibitions opening Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Boca Museum of Art celebrate America’s natural majesty and...