| Aug 30, 2009
The Thing Around
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Alfred A. Knopf: 216 pp., $24.95
Imagine how hard it must be to write stories that make us thick-headed American readers understand what it might be like to visit your brother in a...
| Feb 6, 2010
Sitcom star Joely Fisher has sold her Encino compound for $2.4 million. The four-bedroom, seven-bathroom contemporary had been on and off the market since mid-2007, perhaps prompting the actress to wonder whether she would own it " 'Til Death," to...
| Sep 11, 2007
For lunch in her modest apartment, Madeline Nelson tossed a salad made with shaved carrots and lettuce she dug out of a Whole Foods dumpster. She flavored the dressing with miso powder she found in a trash bag on a curb in Chinatown. She baked bread...
| Apr 10, 2008
Palmieri twirled the star sapphire ring on his right pinky and stared out the window as his flight touched down at LAX. Heat surged through his temples as his veins pulsed. He was not a happy man.
First came the call from Bonner. He wouldn't be making it...
| Jun 11, 2010
Spring porcini, among the most prized and delicious of wild mushrooms, have started their brief season at a few local farmers markets. Most people think of porcini and kindred fungi, known as boletes, as being specialties of autumn, and so they are in...
| Apr 24, 2009
As Long Island has evolved from farmlands and horse carriages to housing developments and congested highways, one piece of infrastructure has stood the test of time - a straight line of train tracks cutting through the middle of the Island.
It is the...
| May 18, 2009
Budget cuts mean five weekday trains on three branches and some weekend service to Freeport will be canceled this summer, the LIRR announced Thursday.
The new schedule, which takes effect Monday, includes additional revisions on several branches that...
| Feb 8, 2007
Deanna Pugh had just dropped off one of her 11 grandchildren and parked her car near the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Zion Street in Hartford. She wanted a cigarette, but with her daughter and an 8-year-old granddaughter in the car, she stepped out...
| Dec 14, 2007
The late Looney Tunes maestro Chuck Jones had an existential rule about cartoon animals.
They could walk upright, talk a blue streak and even have a Flatbush accent, so long as they were fundamentally most concerned with the things a duck, a caged tweety...
| Jan 17, 2008
Except for the sizzle of beef and chopped vegetables, there's a studious silence in the kitchen at the Sisters of St. Joseph convent on Park Road. Shirt sleeves rolled to her forearms, Sister Kristin Johnsen stands at the grill, swiping the mix with a...
| Mar 7, 2008
Since their debut in supermarket checkout lines in 1977, plastic shopping bags have become the tote of choice.
Back then, plastic seemed like a good option: a way to stop cutting down so many trees to make all those paper bags. They take less energy...