| Jan 25, 2014
| 4:15 AM
Forecasting the weather -- or trying to -- is as old as civilization.
Around 340 B.C., the Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote a four-volume text exploring the origins and dynamics of different weather events.
Still, for many hundreds of years,...
| 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 24, 2014
| 6:30 AM
Who killed the great American editorial?
Wasn't there a time when the country had great newspapers with great editorials that regularly thundered and whispered, sighed and screamed, were outraged or outraged others? Where did they all go?
| Nov 10, 2013
| 6:08 PM
The Bowl Championship Series is sort of like what Mark Twain once said about the weather in New England. If you don’t like it now, just wait a few minutes.
Two weeks ago, Florida State fans were panicked that their No. 3 Seminoles would go...
| Jan 1, 2014
| 7:00 AM
When Nelson Lopéz was preparing the first bilingual translation of "Tales of Clay," a landmark short-story collection by the legendary Salvadoran writer known as Salarrué, he turned for inspiration to some unlikely sources: Mark Twain and the Coen...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 4:32 PM
"I had no idea the Mark Twain people were even working on it, because of the government shutdown," Carol Burnett says of meeting with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office after receiving this year's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor....
| Jan 17, 2014
Shortly after the 1975 release of E.L. Doctorow's novel "Ragtime," the novelist drew not only praise but fierce condemnation for inflecting historical figures and facts with the spin of fiction. As his critics then saw it, his genre-blurring book...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 1:15 PM
Blizzards, hurricanes, ice storms, tornadoes, heat and cold, floods and drought — we have it all here in New England. Especially the "biggies," that is, the weather events that can impact or change our lives in a matter of minutes. For that reason...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 3:48 PM
In perhaps the most frequently quoted line from The Hartford Courant, this newspaper commented in August 1897: "A well known American writer said once that, while everybody talked about the weather, nobody seemed to do anything about it."
| Jan 5, 2014
| 10:26 AM
To dive into the new year, here are a few tidbits about the City Beautiful a century ago, courtesy of Eve Bacon's "Orlando: A Centennial History."
Lake Eola's first fountain
The original fountain at Orlando's Lake Eola Park bubbled for the first...
| Jan 5, 2014
Tickets to the 36th season of the Virginia Shakespeare Festival go on sale Wednesday, Jan. 15.
Coming this summer, the festival will revive "Illyria," a musical version of "Twelfth Night" written by John Briggs and Eric Frampton, and "Julius Caesar,"...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 2:00 PM
Magdalena Zyzak's delightful first novel, "The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkiel," has no noble characters, a good deal of mean-spirited behavior, and it all ends badly — in other words, it's a comedy. For those who think that religious fanaticism, racial...