| Feb 7, 2014
| 10:10 PM
Decades before she won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, Maxine Kumin was a student at Radcliffe College who had summoned the courage to show a handful of her poems to an instructor.
His comment couldn't have been more withering. "Say it with flowers,"...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 7:30 AM
How to throw a great party is a question that has kept Martha Stewart in business for decades. How to throw a great party scene, well, that takes expertise too. Director Nick Stoller, who throws the many ragers in the new comedy "Neighbors," gave his...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Pete Seeger was best known as a folk singer, an archivist and writer, and the purveyor of such beamed-from-the-heavens standards as "We Shall Overcome," "If I Had a Hammer" and "Turn, Turn, Turn."
But among the musician's most important roles was one...
| Jan 28, 2014
The legendary media tycoon William Randolph Hearst believed America needed a strongman and that Franklin D. Roosevelt would fit the bill. He ordered his newspapers to support FDR and the New Deal. At his direction, Hearst's political allies rallied around...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 2:30 AM
The Library of Congress has added another 25 works to its National Recording Registry, a list of tunes that range from 1890s street singer George Washington Johnson's "The Laughing Song" to the Everly Brothers' "Cathy's Clown" to U2's "The Joshua Tree."...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 1:17 PM
De La Soul is spreading a lot of love to its fans.
In honor of the upcoming 25th anniversary of its landmark debut, “3 Feet High and Rising,” the groundbreaking alternative hip-hop trio is offering a sweet Valentine’s Day gift: its...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Harold Ramis, the estimable comedy writer, director and actor whose resume includes "Groundhog Day," "Ghostbusters," "Animal House," "Caddyshack" and "National Lampoon's Vacation," died on Monday at age 69.
The Chicago Tribune reports that the cause of...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 12:05 AM
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Linda Ronstadt’s commercial breakthrough album, “Heart Like a Wheel,” the Everly Brothers’ career-rejuvenating 1960 hit “Cathy’s Clown” and Creedence...
| Apr 26, 2014
| 6:50 PM
It's not every day that you get to write something like this, so let's just say it: "Mary Poppins" may be the most controversial movie at this year's Newport Beach Film Festival.
OK, maybe that is a stretch. The 1964 Disney classic recently got tapped...
| Apr 7, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"IF YOU want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." Says the Dalai Lama.
Dan Harris is in that small respected world where news correspondents and TV pundits ply their wares and give informed opinions...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 2:30 PM
BMG has acquired the publishing catalog of the late lyricist Hal David, who penned a string of hits with longtime collaborator Burt Bacharach.
The catalog, which the firm purchased from David's sons for an undisclosed amount, includes David's interests...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 6:30 PM
It's no secret that Wes Anderson jam packs his films with Easter eggs that make watching his pics akin to embarking on a scavenger hunt. Just like you can discover something new with each viewing, there's still much to learn about the enigmatic director...