| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Q: I've done Internet searches but cannot find any info on my two unopened cans of Chesterfield cigarettes from the 1950s.
A: Images sent show that our reader indeed has two unopened round tins, each holding 50 unfiltered Chesterfield cigarettes. Imagine...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 2:24 PM
Why has Helen Fielding killed off the best guy ever?
That guy, of course, is Mark Darcy, created by Helen Fielding (with a big boost from Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"). In Fielding's bestselling novel "Bridget Jones's Diary," sparks flew...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 11:07 AM
Here's a look at two recently released sequels in romance fiction.
Virginia Beach author Terri Osburn, whose debut novel “Meant to Be” (Montlake Romance, 2013) hit best-seller status earlier this year, recently released “Up to the...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 4:06 PM
“There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man,” Rod Serling once wrote, beginning his weekly introduction to “The Twilight Zone.” Now there is a sixth dimension he probably never imagined, as the Impro Theatre...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 4:30 PM
Film Independent has selected 10 fellows for its 14th annual Screenwriting Lab, the non-profit that produces the Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Fest announced on Thursday.
This year's honorees and their projects are Fred Thomas Jr. ("Broad Street...
| Nov 18, 2012
Richard Robbins, the composer who created memorable scores for such films as "A Room With a View," "Howards End" and "The Remains of the Day" during a quarter-century collaboration with director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant, has died. He was...
| Apr 3, 2013
| 1:25 PM
For years, people who read Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's novels assumed she was born in India. She wrote about swamis, social climbers, duplicitous landlords and other characters from the Indian bourgeoisie who inevitably found themselves colliding with...
| May 10, 2013
| 9:56 AM
Should we condemn Mrs. Bennet, the hilariously inept matchmaker in Jane Austen's “Pride and Prejudice,” for repeatedly sabotaging her daughters' prospects with her own uncouth behavior and transparent gold-digging?
Or should we commend her...
| Nov 11, 2012
| 7:18 PM
Ian McEwan's “Sweet Tooth” tells the story of a young woman, Serena Frome, who graduates from Cambridge in the early 1970s and enters the working world. Since Frome's employer happens to be MI5, the working world, in her case, is the world...
| May 9, 2013
| 2:18 PM
(This selection is edited for clarity and length.)
What do you think of when you think of Chicago?
Oddly enough, the 1860 Republican convention that nominated Abraham Lincoln.
Who is an author you'd like to meet, dead or alive?...
| Mar 23, 2013
| 2:58 PM
In the midst of separating a generation of young female readers into Team Edward and Team Jacob, Stephenie Meyer, author of the wildly popular "Twilight" novels, started a new book called "The Host." Published by Little, Brown in 2008, "The Host" is a...
| Nov 24, 2012
| 12:03 PM
There's a certain type of reader — often also a writer, with a leaf-fring'd MFA — who has it all figured out. The realist novel is a scam, a factory producing cardboard imitations of bourgeois life. This is the person at the party who mentions...