| Jun 7, 2013
| 10:35 AM
National Doughnut Day is celebrating its 75th anniversary, so consider this your permission slip to eat a doughnut, guilt-free. (At least that's what we're telling ourselves.)
National Doughnut Day is the first Friday in June, begun in 1938 as a way...
| Jun 2, 2013
Thomas Keneally has always been a novelist who writes and lives in the big sweep of epic history.
He took on the end of the First World War in "Gossip From the Forest," the U.S. Civil War in "Confederates," and the Eritrean War of Independence in "To...
| May 31, 2013
| 5:00 AM
"Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.” That may sound like a clique of conspiracy theorists or the title of a summer B movie, but it's actually an alliance of human rights groups raising legal and ethical concerns about people's willingness to cede life-...
| May 31, 2013
| 10:30 AM
If you're planning to hit the beach -- or mountains or woods or backyard patio -- don't forget to bring along a book or two. In our list of 156 summer book picks, you'll find thrillers and young adult books, science books and novels, memoirs and science...
| Jun 2, 2013
CORTINA D' AMPEZZO, Italy — Hiking up a road should be simple, right?
It's relatively wide, so you're not apt to step off and tumble down the mountain.
It's relatively smooth, so you're not likely to stumble.
So why am I stopping for a...
| Apr 6, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Car fans -- especially those interested in pre-World War II French icons -- have a little more time to enjoy some ultra-rare classics in Southern California.
The Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard has announced it is extending through June an exhibit...
| Jan 27, 2013
ISTANBUL, Turkey — We slipped out of Istanbul at dusk, gliding across the Bosporus strait toward the Aegean Sea, Asia on the left bank, Europe on the right, four masts towering 204 feet overhead, polished teak floors underfoot, the notes of Buddy...
| Jan 15, 2013
| 4:12 PM
Will Self joined us from the office of his London publisher, Bloomsbury, to talk about his challenging new novel "Umbrella." It was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize.
Just released in the U.S. by Grove/Atlantic, "Umbrella" is told in stream-of-...
| Dec 25, 2012
| 8:22 AM
Charles Durning, a Tony Award-winning actor whose prolific work in films and television included supporting roles in the classic comedy "Tootsie" and the TV sitcom "Evening Shade," died Monday. He was 89.
Durning, a decorated veteran of World War II,...
| May 16, 2013
| 5:05 PM
Diddy's rather confusing Twitter announcement that he'll be appearing as a series regular on the wildly popular British aristocracy drama "Downton Abbey" has manifested itself as a mediocre Funny or Die video.
And aren't we all a little relieved? We'...
| Mar 23, 2013
| 5:55 PM
They didn't know each other before the war. But loss united them, and friendship helps sustain them.
"Every one of us wants our child to be remembered," said Sue Pollard, who, like her friend Debi Win'E, lost a son in Iraq. "Our main thing is to do...