| Oct 11, 2010
| 4:33 PM
By Anne Isaacs, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
Schwartz & Wade, $17.99, ages 5-9
A notice warns that this "is a genuine Montana story," and, like a Montana fence post, "either of them may lean a little but they seldom flat-out lie."...
| Jul 22, 2011
| 12:41 PM
Trying on shoes at a department store, I was struck by how long it took for the salesperson to return from the stock room.
"Where did he go?" I asked author Rachel Shteir, my new shopping companion.
"Now, if you wanted to steal those, you would just...
| Sep 30, 2010
| 12:15 PM
By Madison Smartt Bell Pantheon. 335 pages. $26.95
Fiddlers strike up the old tune "Devil’s Dream" more than once in the new Madison Smartt Bell novel that bears its name. It is a sprightly jig, but it turns poignant here, since the...
| Aug 14, 2011
| 8:07 AM
Officials at the State Fairgrounds held a news conference Sunday at 10 a.m., updating the media on the stage collapse at the Sugarland concert Saturday night.
Governor Mitch Daniels addressed the media saying, "There was no way we could have foreseen...
| Jan 16, 2011
Badgley Mischka, a brand that's walked more red carpets than Nicole Kidman and Cameron Diaz combined, has finally opened the store its two designers — Mark Badgley and James Mischka — have always dreamed of.
The new Badgley Mischka boutique,...
| Nov 13, 2010
She's an unlikely traffic stopper: hefty, over 50, her complexion a grassy green and yellow. But, David Aikens says, people driving past his Inglewood store often stop to ogle this voluptuously contoured gas stove, manufactured at the beginning of the...
| Jul 17, 2011
Don't get Dolly Parton started about end-of-the-world prognosticators. The Country Music Hall of Fame member was raised and remains devoutly religious, as she demonstrated so artfully in her biblically rooted classic song "Coat of Many Colors." But the...
| Nov 9, 2010
This summer, programmers at Go Country 105 radio in Los Angeles unveiled a new single called "Country Strong" and asked listeners to guess who was the twangy alto belting out lines about how she's "hard to break, like the ground I grew up on."
| Apr 29, 2011
Not so long ago it would have been a dream come true for sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers of Muscle Shoals, Ala., to find themselves sitting in the balcony of Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium and looking down upon their country music heroes onstage...
| Nov 18, 2010
Here's some high praise for the script of "Get Low": Star Robert Duvall compares it to the work of his dear, departed friend, the distinguished playwright and screenwriter Horton Foote.
"Individualizing, particularizing a place, a Southern theme, but yet...
| Oct 17, 2010
The other night, my cellphone rang at one a.m. My nephew Sensei said, "Auntie. You told me to call."
"Yup," I said. "And?"
Only two serious rules, my three daughters kept telling him: Don't eat chocolate or red...