| Feb 13, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Few visitors have puzzled the town of Williamsburg more than the early 1900s avant-garde writer and Modern art champion Gertrude Stein, who delivered a lecture at the College of William and Mary on Feb. 8, 1935.
Flush with the international success...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 5:20 AM
Colorful, crumbling and controversial, Cuba is caught between then and now, between communism and capitalism and the challenge of two currencies.
Thanks to a loosening of travel restrictions for Cuban-Americans by President Barack Obama, Cubans are...
| Feb 1, 2014
| 9:33 PM
Hundreds of students paraded into a gymnasium on Saturday afternoon at USC's Galen Center, their friends and families cheering from the bleachers as ragtime music played.
The Super Quiz, the final event in the Los Angeles County Academic Decathlon,...
| Feb 2, 2014
| 5:00 AM
When asked how he went bankrupt, a character in Ernest Hemingway's novel "The Sun Also Rises" replies: "Two ways. Gradually and then suddenly."
This neat summation of how business failure creeps up on victims is quoted in "Big Bang Disruption:...
| Feb 8, 2014
We are the Banned! book club. Jon Day and Becky Holzhei, above, founded the group to make new friends in Chicago in September 2012.
This piece first ran in Printers Row Journal, delivered to Printers Row members with...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 11:54 AM
It's February, that romantic time of the year when pitchers and catchers report for spring training and, uh, what's that?
Oh, of course, it's also time for Valentine's Day.
If watching baseball players stretch and field ground balls isn't the best...
| Feb 22, 2014
| 3:00 PM
Kenneth Huh and his parents have the same conversation over and over at the dinner table. They want to discuss the John Marshall High School junior's medals in the speech and interview portions of the Academic Decathlon earlier this month.
| Mar 11, 2014
| 9:00 AM
A racy, rambling and funny letter written by Ernest Hemingway to Marlene Dietrich, in which the famous novelist calls the German movie star “Dearest Kraut” and playfully imagines her naked, is going on auction later this month.
| Dec 21, 2013
| 7:26 PM
Perestroika-era Soviet ambassador to U.S.
Yuri Dubinin, 83, the Soviet Union's ambassador to the United States during much of the turbulent 1980s' perestroika period, died Friday. The Russian Foreign Ministry announced his death in Moscow...
| Jul 27, 2013
When it comes to motorcycle tours, Florida's flat landscape doesn't offer the breathtaking scenery of a mountain pass in Colorado or an old New England village.
Yet the state still beckons bikers — and not just for the mammoth, road-clogging...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 2:30 AM
"A woman is a woman till the day she dies. But a man's a man only as long as he can," said Moms Mabley.
FINALLY, because good documentaries take a long time to put together and produce, we will get to see Whoopi Goldberg's historical presentation of...
| Jul 27, 2013
| 8:00 AM
In the astute new road-trip movie "Crystal Fairy," set mostly in Chile's Atacama Desert, Michael Cera plays an archetypal Ugly American.
In fact, Cera plays several versions of the Ugly American popularized through generations of movies, novels and...