| Oct 25, 2010
| 7:12 AM
Sony will stop manufacturing of the Walkman in Japan, the company announced after 30 years of building the portable cassette players. This move will render the product mostly unavailable in US markets, though it will continue to be available in select...
| Apr 3, 2012
| 12:35 PM
Lucas Neff, a born-and-raised Chicago actor, was fortunate enough to snag a leading role in a popular TV sitcom, "Raising Hope" on the Fox network. He plays a lovable but generally clueless young man, a role that, in the great scheme of the...
| Oct 28, 2010
Massive, worldwide success often remains a bit enigmatic, but this publishing breakthrough seemed especially unlikely.
The first novel begins with the dull thud of a family tree full of foreign names: The book starts slowly — digging into arcane...
| Oct 7, 2010
| 6:00 PM
There is no greater joy than when an author whom you've long admired produces his or her best work to date. Already in this column's pages — real or virtual — I've sung the praises of Don Winslow for "Savages," his literary approximation of...
| Aug 6, 2011
Walt Disney's onetime residence in Los Feliz, the wonderful world where his daughters grew up, has come on the market at $3.65 million.
The two-story French Normandy-style house, built in 1932, sits behind gates on an acre with views to downtown....
| Jul 12, 2011
| 5:57 PM
A West Hollywood-area home built for Oscar winner Wallace Beery in the 1930s is on the market at $1,075,000.
The actor commissioned local architect William Kesling to build the retreat close to the studios so he could go there during filming. The...
| Sep 12, 2010
Fall, it seems, starts earlier every year. Certainly, that's true of publishing: Jonathan Franzen's "Freedom" — arguably the big book of the season — has been a topic of discussion since mid-August, while other anticipated titles (Tom...
| Mar 3, 2011
Like most outsiders who get into the wine business, Mark Tarlov, the guiding force behind Evening Land Vineyards, had much to learn about the ins and outs of running a winery. So he surrounded himself with smart people, learned the lessons he needed to...
| Dec 14, 2011
| 4:34 PM
In 2012,the first World Book Night celebration in America will give away bestsellers by Stephen King, Patti Smith, Rebecca Skloot, Suzanne Collins and more, for free....
| Jan 4, 2012
| 4:36 PM
Today's sophisticated cars with multiple computer system may be vulnerable to cyber attacks, researchers say. So how can you protect yourself?...
| Jan 9, 2012
| 4:35 PM
David Ulin considers Stephen King's mixed -- and sometimes terrifying -- career....
| Jan 13, 2012
| 4:34 PM
Adam Johnson talks about his new novel "The Orphan Master's Son," and David L. Ulin reviews Shalom Auslander's 'Hope: A Tragedy."...