| Nov 7, 2013
| 9:17 AM
I first met Albert Camus in the fall of 1980, when I was a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania. I say met because it felt that personal to me. His 1942 provocation “The Myth of Sisyphus” was the lead-off text in a course I was taking on...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 9:56 PM
When André Schiffrin was fired in 1990 as editor in chief of Pantheon Books, it was regarded as a loud shot in the war between commercialism and quality in American publishing. There were protests by noted authors, including Studs Terkel and Kurt...
| Sep 22, 2013
On the weekends in the early ‘80s, my dad would often take me and my sister to Trumbull Inn, a bar in Colorado’s South Platte River basin where he drank beer and played horseshoes (I know it seems strange to urban sensibilities that parents...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 7:10 AM
I never got to one of the most anticipated panels at Sunday’s eighth Brooklyn Book Festival: A conversation between legendary comics artists Art Spiegelman and Jules Feiffer. It wasn’t for lack of interest; there was just too much to do....
| Sep 24, 2013
| 10:52 AM
“Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” star Clark Gregg looked around the massive Helicarrier set on a Culver City sound stage and […]...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 11:31 AM
Amazon announced Thursday that users of its new fan-fiction platform, Kindle Worlds, will be free to run wild with the characters from Kurt Vonnegut's books, including "Cat's Cradle" and "Slaughterhouse-Five," starting this month.
Kindle Worlds launched...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 2:47 PM
Singer Kelly Clarkson, the first "American Idol" winner, bought a ring at auction that belonged to author Jane Austen, but the British government won't let her take the ring out of the country.
The gold and turquoise ring cost the "Tie It Up" singer...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 11:07 AM
Joan Collins, the 80-year-old "Dynasty" star, reportedly asked to be removed from Shirley Jones' tell-all autobiography in a scene involving the offer of an orgy.
Jones recently published "Shirley Jones: A Memoir." In the book, the "Partridge Family"...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 6:11 PM
Matt Damon, who recently announced his breakup with President Barack Obama, is downplaying the heavy-handed politics in "Elysium," his new sci-fi summer action movie.
Of course, that's just plain Hollywood nonsense. "Elysium" is highly political. But...
| Aug 25, 2013
| 6:42 PM
At 2:35 p.m. Sunday, a herd of visibly anxious, slightly nerdy music fans could be seen running across the dusty field at L.A. State Historic Park in Chinatown, heading toward the Miranda Stage.
Drawing them, like Bärenjäger to alcoholic honey bees, was...
| Apr 2, 2012
| 4:22 PM
As the “Hunger Games” film hits theaters this week, I have to vent for a second. Once—just once!—I would love it if someone would recommend a book to me that was not originally intended for a 14-year-old girl. Watching people...
| Jul 15, 2009
Think about homemade ice cream, creamy and cold and full of fresh fruit flavor. Think about ice cream so light it seems to float off the spoon. Think about ice cream that comes to the table not in cute little scoops, but a good 5 inches deep, so tall it...