| Apr 30, 2012
NEW YORK — Judy Garland, often drunk and occasionally disheveled, in Peter Quilter's biographical drama "End of the Rainbow," is rummaging for booze in her suite at the Ritz hotel. She's wired, and not simply because of the pills she can't seem to...
| Apr 29, 2012
| 7:12 PM
As Pope Alexander VI’s daughter, Lucrezia Borgia enjoyed riches, money and, it turns out, a considerable amount of power for a woman in 15th century Italy.
That was one of the reasons British actress Holliday Grainger was excited about Season 2...
| May 6, 2012
The Passage of Power
The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Alfred A. Knopf: 736 pp., $35
"The Passage of Power," the fourth volume in Robert Caro's epic biography of Lyndon Baines Johnson, encompasses the period of LBJ's deepest humiliation and...
| Jul 6, 2012
Michael J. Ybarra, a former Times reporter who had recently chronicled his extreme-sports adventures for the Wall Street Journal, was killed in a mountain-climbing fall over the weekend on the edge of Yosemite National Park. He was 45.
| May 4, 2012
Charles Higham, a poet, critic and prolific celebrity biographer who found political and sexual intrigue in the lives of Hollywood icons such as Cary Grant, Marlene Dietrich and, most controversially, Errol Flynn, died April 21 at his Los Angeles home. He...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 4:35 PM
‘You should write a book.” Or, “Why don't you write a book?” Or, “Have you ever thought about writing a book?”
Are you detecting a theme here?
Anyone who writes for a living — anyone that is, with a mother...
| May 11, 2012
| 3:25 AM
When we were kids, we earned some small change by selling burlap bags of corn cobs that we got free from a huge pile of cobs at Stickles' Mill on Baltimore Street. In those days (circa 1935), many homes cooked on coal stoves using corn cobs as kindling...
| May 14, 2012
C. David Heymann, a bestselling biographer whose titillating accounts of famous lives often were criticized as inaccurate or dishonest, including a book on heiress Barbara Hutton that was recalled because of factual disputes, has died. He was 67.
| May 14, 2012
| 4:13 AM
New 'super' PAC hopes to woo younger voters, tapping into unease about jobs, student loan debt
WASHINGTON (AP)— President Barack Obama counted on the support of younger voters four years ago. Now, a new Republican-leaning "super" political...
| Jan 8, 2013
| 2:38 PM
There’s a certain joy that comes with reading a great literary takedown, the kind of mean but intelligent and precise review that eviscerates the pretensions and the sloppiness of a truly awful book.
Over in Britain, they think of a good pan as...
| May 17, 2012
| 7:15 AM
Here are some notes from the past week in the automotive world, courtesy of auto expert Jim MacPherson:
-Tesla, a maker of electrically powered cars, has vowed to start repaying federal loans by the end of the year. Regulatory filings at the end of March...
| Oct 19, 2012
The “Age of Greed” authored by Jeff Madrick, an economic columnist for The New York Times, might be considered by some as just another treatise on our latest economic collapse. This would not be a fair assessment of this fine book because it...