| 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...
| 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...
| 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 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...
| Feb 20, 2009
For as long as he can remember, Dario Serrano's life was all screeching tires and echoing gunshots, babies' cries and barking dogs, a symphony, as he puts it, of "hood rats and gangsters," of "vatos vatos and payasos" -- dudes and numskulls, loosely...
| Dec 23, 2008
Carlos Manuel Santiago
Star infielder in Negro leagues
Carlos Manuel Santiago, 82, a star infielder in the Negro baseball leagues during the 1940s, died Sunday of cardiac failure at his home in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, said his son, Carlos Manuel Santiago...
| Nov 6, 2008
When Michael Crichton was attending Harvard Medical School in the late 1960s, he had a secret life that he kept hidden from his fellow students: To pay his tuition bills, he began writing paperback thrillers in his spare time under two pseudonyms.
| Oct 28, 2008
Bestselling author Tony Hillerman began writing his contemporary mystery novels set in the Navajo region of the Southwest, in part, he once said, because "they have a fascinating religious philosophy and a lot of good values."
And, he told Newsweek...
| Dec 7, 2009
Character actor in many westerns
Warren Vanderschuit, 79, a character actor who appeared in the John Wayne film "Rooster Cogburn" and dozens of TV westerns and who had an impressive athletic career as a young man in Los Angeles, died...
| 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...
| 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...