| Jul 18, 2011
John Mosca, proprietor of a two-room roadhouse near New Orleans famed for its Italian-style garlicky shrimp, oysters, chicken and marinated crab dishes, has died. He was 86.
Mosca died Wednesday at his home in suburban Harahan, said his daughter, Lisa...
| Sep 9, 2011
Donald L. Taffner
Distributor brought British TV shows to U.S.
Donald L. Taffner, 80, an independent television distributor and producer who adapted and delivered "The Benny Hill Show" and other British comedy programs for U.S. broadcasts, died...
| Sep 11, 2011
Looking at a place you love isn't much different from looking at a person who has stolen your heart.
There are flaws and distressing times, of course. But you learn to live with the annoyances, because there's something about that person — or place...
| Dec 4, 2011
Alfred A. Knopf, $24.95
A crisis of faith prompts a man to begin a journey of self-discovery from Africa to Asia.
The Angel Esmeralda
The first collection of short stories from a...
| Jul 10, 2011
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Mitt Romney stood before a shuttered steel factory in Pennsylvania the other day, using the iconic backdrop to underscore what has become the most forceful theme of his presidential campaign: the need for more jobs.
"He has done everything wrong," Romney...
| Dec 4, 2011
If it had not caught the attention of a handful of important readers, Jesmyn Ward's "Salvage the Bones" would most likely have quietly faded into obscurity; many worthy books do. Now, however, this novel about a poor Mississippi family in the weeks...
| Oct 1, 2011
Philip Matthew Hannan
Cleric gave the eulogy for President Kennedy
Retired New Orleans Archbishop Philip Matthew Hannan, 98, who sought to console a grieving nation in his eulogy for President Kennedy, died Thursday in New Orleans after a long period of...
| May 21, 2011
So here's Peter Ueberroth, L.A.'s Olympic champion, chairman of the Newport Beach investor company the Contrarian Group, sharing his office with someone else -- his border collie, Koot, for Kootenai, the Idaho county where Ueberroth found him abandoned....
| Sep 13, 2008
The expression "sheets of rain" meant nothing to me until I lived in Haiti. I used to sit on a terrace on a low hillside in Port-au-Prince and watch the progress of rainstorms as they descended on the capital. The city sat below me, palms waving in the...
| May 4, 2008
In my time, I have journeyed through many small towns across America. Recently, I spent some time in Jordan, Mont. -- the Garfield County seat -- which prides itself on being the lonesomest town in the world. Blessed with no natural resources or...
| Jan 18, 2009
After eight unreflective years, George W. Bush has suddenly turned contemplative, arguing in a flurry of exit interviews that his record (as Mark Twain said of Wagner's music) is better than it sounds. He could turn out to be right -- but his standing...