| Jul 20, 2012
| 3:14 PM
Every writer -- even the great ones -- suffers rejection. Several years ago, The Missouri Review went digging in the Alfred A. Knopf archives and retrieved a collection of in-house readers' reports documenting the publisher's rejection of several...
| Jul 27, 2012
| 2:11 PM
Marc Maron is nothing if not perceptive about his own tics, as his Twitter feed will attest. “My Jewish stomach doesn't like Korean food,” he posted recently, and then asked: “Racist?” Both profoundly insecure and deeply ambitious,...
| Jul 30, 2012
| 8:07 AM
The complaints about NBC not showing marquee events like swimming have not abated, but the network is claiming another night of record viewing Sunday night, based on preliminary overnights.
Meanwhile WBAL, the network's Baltimore affiliate, is boasting...
| Aug 4, 2012
In the mid-1980s Suzy Gershman was having lunch in Beverly Hills with three friends — all ladies who loved to shop — when she hatched the idea: She would write a shopping guide that would make her readers "feel as if we've met for lunch and I'...
| Jul 31, 2012
| 5:43 PM
"The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough."
The early morning air is filled with the chatter of birdsong. The chirrups and twitters seem to be telling me that time's a wasting, but I roll over and...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 7:59 AM
Driven by gold for Michael Phelps and the women gymnastics team, NBC's prime-time coverage of the Summer Olympics Tuesday hit a new high in overnight ratings topping those earned by the record-setting opening ceremonies.
And maybe it's me, but the ...
| Sep 19, 2012
Lest you get the idea that language lovers are a bunch of rule-following prigs, we bring you a special "Grammarians Gone Wild" edition of Words Work.
A person can only trip over the spellings of "leisure" and "weird" and "seize" so many times before a...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 5:35 PM
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake took her case for cutting a deal that will bring table games to a planned downtown casino to the city's House delegation last night, telling lawmakers the legislation expected to be considered in a special session next...
| Aug 2, 2012
"From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" by E.L. Konigsburg
Every child fantasizes about running away from home to teach his or her parents a lesson. One summer, 12-year-old Claudia showed me exactly how it could be done, in comfort and...
| Aug 4, 2012
| 1:27 PM
La Cañada Flintridge is putting together a bicycle transportation plan as it does a complete update of the city’s General Plan for the first time since 1995.
The City Council will host a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday looking at the circulation...
| Aug 7, 2012
| 9:24 AM
It's rare that I remember a magazine cover a decade and a half later, but one that has stuck in my mind — and not in a good way — is the issue of Time from the week after the Columbine High School massacre.
Anyone from the class of 1998,...