| Jan 5, 2013
I have now become the Ellis Island for bisexuals. I tried to avoid it, but they are drawn to me.
Consider my recent experience at the Laugh Factory on the Sunset Strip:
I go there to hang out with some of the comics and watch the show. It's a very...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 10:42 PM
The D.C. Sausage Factory is back open for business, and the moment’s featured flavor is Immigration Reform Reprise.
The 113th session of Congress will began the process of tackling the immigration reform President Obama promised America prior to...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 1:31 PM
It’s all about the three strains in the American character. America was founded on the principle of rugged individualism, the pioneer spirit of self-reliance and “each according to his abilities.” That’s another way of saying...
| Dec 15, 2012
The bronze figure of Thomas Jefferson rises 19 feet in his Pantheon-style memorial in Washington, D.C. It suits the third president's oversize life. And it underscores the ongoing debate about his stature, examined in five new books about him.
| Nov 22, 2012
| 10:45 AM
After suffering significant damage from Superstorm Sandy, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will not reopen to tourists this year, the National Park Service announced Wednesday.
According to the NPS, the Statue of Liberty, its pedestal and base...
| Aug 15, 2012
Joe Kubert was never a superstar comics artist — his work didn't have the necessary bombast or polished edges — but the man who drew ragged, soulful soldiers in "Sgt. Rock," "The Haunted Tank" and "Enemy Ace" did something his characters would...
| Nov 27, 2012
| 2:38 PM
Philip Dawkins, a hugely talented Chicago writer, has, in his newest work, "Failure: A Love Story," penned a Chicago tale full of emotional riches. Alas, this potentially moving drama about three ill-fated sisters in the 1920s has been saddled with a...
| Oct 6, 2012
In Sunlight and in Shadow
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 720 pp., $28
It's been 17 years since Mark Helprin's last novel, "Memoir from Antproof Case," and he's lost none of his gift for...
| Oct 23, 2012
| 4:23 PM
First of three articles about state ballot issues
On some level, Oscar Moreno knew growing up that his family did not have permission to live in the United States.
But it wasn't until now, as the 17-year-old Baltimore Polytechnic Institute senior...
| Oct 24, 2012
| 12:42 PM
Listening to novelist and political commentator Mark Helprin recount his life is a bit like listening to Forrest Gump — an eloquent, New York-born Forrest Gump.
Helprin is hardly slow-witted, but like the titular hero of the Oscar-winning 1994...
| Nov 5, 2012
| 12:55 PM
"It's a tradition of a friendly neighborhood tavern," said owner David Donate as the establishment prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary next year.
With a bar and restaurant, The Orchard, located at 2434 Bedford St. in Richland Township, offers...