| Sep 12, 2013
| 12:22 AM
The coastal passenger ship S.S. Harvard runs aground in fog at Point Arguello....
| Sep 13, 2013
| 8:00 AM
In "Someone," Alice McDermott's elegiac new novel, time and place have a dream-like fluidity. There's no doubt that we're in Brooklyn, but this is a Brooklyn of immigrants, largely Irish Catholics, whose new world is a palimpsest in which the old world...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 1:40 PM
It will be easier than ever to find a room of one's own at "Downton Abbey" when it returns to PBS in January.
The drama, which premieres in the U.K. later this month, will take a literary bent in its fourth season. Fleeing from the gloom at Downton...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 8:39 PM
The note Patsy Swayze tucked in her son Don's suitcase was simple but meaningful.
It was 1980, and Don had just moved to California to pursue an acting career. He was sleeping on his older brother Patrick's couch and scared to death of the prospect of...
| Jun 28, 2013
| 6:00 AM
It is hard to imagine a more gentlemanly trade than the buying and selling of old books. The very word "antiquarian" evokes tweedy, bespectacled fellows moving between dusty shelves to pull down some esoteric intellectual treasure. But as Travis McDade...
| Jun 15, 2013
| 3:30 PM
A powerful recurring motif in the varied works of Christopher Guest is the dummy.
From early sketch comedy on "Saturday Night Live" through a series of mock documentaries, the looming figure is an essential part of the Guest aesthetic. It can be a...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 4:40 PM
Think of it as a single scoop of sorbet: Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing" is both a palate cleanser for the director and a small but savory treat for Shakespeare-starved audiences.
Whedon needed a change of pace for the few weeks between...
| 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...