| Aug 20, 2009
It's a good thing Frank Bruni is such a talented writer, or "Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater" would be a lot tougher to digest. The outgoing restaurant reviewer for the New York Times writes frankly about gargantuan binges and...
| Aug 27, 2009
Dominick Dunne, the bestselling novelist and Vanity Fair writer who chronicled the misdeeds of the rich and famous with wicked glee -- most memorably in his highly personal accounts of the trials of Claus von Bulow, the Menendez brothers and O.J....
| Mar 5, 2009
Horton Foote, whose bittersweet stories of heartbreak and regret set in small Southern towns earned him wide popular acclaim as well as two Academy Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, died Wednesday. He was 92.
Foote died in his sleep at his apartment in...
| Mar 17, 2009
Claude S. Brinegar, a former oil industry executive and the nation's third transportation secretary, who helped enact the controversial 55-mph speed limit during the Arab oil embargo in the 1970s, died of natural causes Friday at a retirement community in...
| Dec 27, 2009
The frantic knocking of home health nurse Orphia Wilson startled the boy's parents awake just after dawn.
Their 3-year-old son, who suffered from chronic respiratory failure and muscular dystrophy, had stopped breathing.
The boy's mother raced to his...
| Jan 9, 2010
Art Clokey, the creator of the whimsical clay figure Gumby, died in his sleep Friday at his home in Los Osos, Calif., after battling repeated bladder infections, his son Joseph said. He was 88.
Clokey and his wife, Ruth, invented Gumby in the early 1950s...
| Jan 17, 2010
In October 2002, a trim, white-haired poet named Don Thompson sat down in a farmhouse in the San Joaquin Valley and wrote a poem called "Turning Sixty." In it, he compared his birthday to the climb of "a few degrees on the thermometer" that "add up to the...
| Jan 17, 2010
This year promises to be the year of Mark Twain. It marks the 175th anniversary of his birth, the 100th anniversary of his death and the 125th anniversary of the American publication of "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."
Because I have written about Twain...