| Dec 6, 2013
| 12:38 PM
As in the past, my annual classical picks are not the "best" albums of 2013 (who could possibly have heard them all?), but, rather, releases that have brightened my listening year. I recommend them in the hope they will provide a rewarding soundtrack to...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 12:41 PM
Of the classical boxed sets released this year, here are six collections that have given me particular pleasure. May they provide comparable listening cheer to you and the music lovers on your Christmas gift list.
"Vladimir Horowitz Live at Carnegie...
| Dec 12, 2011
"We are not final because we are infallible," the great Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson wrote in 1953, "but we are infallible only because we are final." Jackson was among the most eloquent justices ever to serve on the high court, and perhaps the...
| Jul 26, 2013
| 6:03 PM
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott and his coffee-addled band of football coaches made their final whistle stop in Los Angeles on Friday after an exhaustive East Coast publicity tour that included everything but a round-table sit-down with Charlie Rose....
| Jul 16, 2013
| 2:26 PM
While much of the classical music world is immersed in honoring the bicentennials of Verdi and Wagner, another composer anniversary of signal importance, the 100th birthday of Benjamin Britten, is jostling for attention this year.
| Apr 12, 2009
Apple has a history of making things without features that many people consider essential.
The original iMac lacked a floppy-disk drive, and the MacBook Air did not have an Ethernet port. In both cases, Apple's rationale was that the older standard was...
| Feb 13, 2008
Random notes on the blissfully strike-free Oscars as less than a week of voting remains and there is evidence of some races tightening:
One race that isn't is best picture, where a gallant attempt by "Michael Clayton" to overtake apparent leader "No...
| Mar 31, 2008
| 3:53 PM
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Here we go again. When last we left our North Side heroes they were putting on quite the hitting display in the NLDS and then were swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
In case you haven't heard, the...
| Feb 22, 2009
The 2010 Ford Fusion offers all the flavors.
It has front- or all-wheel-drive and a trio of engines for mileage or muscle—a new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, a 3-liter V-6 that burns E85 and a 3.5-liter V-6 that simply burns off the line.
| Sep 2, 2008
With the triple whammy of the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals, the awards season has kicked into high gear. Following it all is the Notes on a Season column, which returns on a regular basis to track the progress of the awards contenders to...
| Apr 5, 2008
Now that all of the TV networks (and some cable channels) are fully embracing online video, you can keep up with many of your favorite shows -- and discover new ones -- without ever turning on the TV.
Although streaming video on network Web sites isn't...