| May 4, 2014
| 4:04 AM
The renovation of Hartford's XL Center arena presents plenty of challenges: dealing with season-ticket holders whose seats must be moved to make way for new premium boxes; ordering custom-made parts because heating and cooling systems are so old; and...
| May 28, 2014
| 4:05 PM
Maya Angelou was a diva of American culture: an actress, singer, dancer and film director as well as an essayist and Pulitzer-Prize-nominated poet, whose mainstream magnetism led her to write verses for Hallmark and recite one of her poems at the 1993...
| Apr 16, 2014
"Greenwich Village Stories: A Collection of Memories"
It's the most famous "village" in the world, even though it actually is a neighborhood. In this wonderful collection of reminiscences, editor Judith Stonehill features...
| Jun 20, 2014
The best part about working at a college is that I'm pretty much the dumbest person around.
It's not that I think I'm particularly dumb, it's just that I'm surrounded by people who know a lot of really interesting stuff.
It is simultaneously...
| May 2, 2014
My adopted home state of South Carolina is making a strong run to unseat Illinois for the top spot on the rankings of politicians behaving stupidly.
Our percentage of politicians being indicted on criminal charges may be lower, but we have some state-...
| Jun 6, 2014
She bought her clothes for their colors in secondhand shops — "beautiful reds and oranges, and greens and pinks, and teals and turquoise" — and wore them in happy mismatch. She danced feathers and a few sequins to Alvin Ailey's leopard print...
| May 23, 2014
| 9:37 AM
Summer lends itself to reading and vacations, so why not combine the two into a literary trip?
The homes and studies where many great writers toiled over their prose have been preserved. See original manuscripts, often in the author's own handwriting....
| May 28, 2014
| 7:28 AM
Poet, memoirist and performer Maya Angelou has died at age 86, Wake Forest University announced Wednesday. The multi-talented artist was also a celebrated civil rights advocate and pioneer.
As a poet, Angelou was best known for reading at President...
| May 9, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy — one of L.A.'s most famous literary couples — met on a beach in 1952, when the former was 49 and the latter 18. From the beginning, they had a complex, passionate, non-monogamous relationship, unequal in...
| May 9, 2014
| 8:34 AM
It is a savage and sorrowful story, the life of Paul Crump.
It ended in 2002 when he was 72. He died at Chester Mental Health Center in a rural area near the banks of the Mississippi River in that southern part of Illinois known locally as Little Egypt....
| Apr 11, 2014
| 7:56 PM
Reading is such an improbable idea -- a miracle, really. Yet simple squiggles on a page, arranged just so, can convey ideas that change the way we think or introduce to us characters we love for a lifetime. In celebration of reading -- and of this...