| Dec 20, 2009
Altair Maine said he was so little supervised in his first few years of teaching at North Hollywood High School that he could "easily have shown a movie in class every day and earned tenure nonetheless."
Before second-grade teacher Kimberly Patterson...
| Dec 30, 2009
Sherry cocktails have come a long way from hot sack posset. A custardy Middle Ages concoction of sherry, milk and eggs, popular first in Britain and then the New World, sack posset eventually gave way to the likes of the 19th century Bamboo, a combination...
| Jan 10, 2010
Note: This is the second of a two-part column on the current state of contemporary detective fiction. This month: One of the masters of the form talks about the detective story.
In order to understand and properly appreciate contemporary detective...
| Jan 20, 2010
Robert B. Parker, the best-selling author whose long-running "Spenser" private-eye novels updated the genre of hard-boiled detective fiction in the 1970s, has died. He was 77.
Parker died Monday of a heart attack at his home in Cambridge, Mass., said his...
| Mar 20, 2011
William Morrow: 532 pp., $30
"I happen to be Mrs. Jackson Pollock, and that's a mouthful. The only thing I haven't had against me was being black. I was a woman, Jewish, a widow, a damn good painter, thank you, and a...
| Dec 17, 2010
The Texas-born, New York-educated, Europe-dwelling Patricia Highsmith (1921-95), whose genre-bending fiction is hard to pigeonhole, excelled at depicting extreme emotional and psychological states — as demonstrated in "Patricia Highsmith: Selected...
| May 2, 2011
There ought to be a law stipulating that well-meaning relatives may not touch the manuscripts left by their loved ones. It traumatizes a book to have its ending Disneyfied, its time period altered by 100 years, its nouns and adjectives translated back and...
| Sep 5, 2010
"No one ever seems to go in or out of that building," says Sean Wilentz, pointing out Princeton's Nassau Hall, a campus landmark old enough to have been held by the British during the Revolutionary War.
It's appropriate that this eminent American...
| Sep 19, 2010
The Physics of Imaginary Objects
Tina May Hall
University of Pittsburgh Press:
160 pp., $24.95
In hard times, as you well know, fewer risks are taken when it comes to potential profit and potential loss. In the publishing world, this means less...
| Oct 23, 2011
For Piri Thomas, being a dark-hued Latino in 1930s New York was far from the best of worlds. His siblings were fair-skinned, like his Puerto Rican mother, but he took after his black Cuban father, whose unsettled feelings about race scarred both of them....
| Sep 21, 2011
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Universal Studios Orlando will feature eight haunted mazes, six scare zones and two live shows at Halloween Horror Nights 21.
> Photos: Halloween Horror Nights 21 at Universal Studios Orlando
Universal Orlando's Horror Nights has been voted the best...