| Jan 15, 2014
| 6:30 AM
Stepping back into the spotlight just a few months after Tom Clancy's death, the author's famed CIA-analyst hero gets a spiffy new avatar but a fairly routine assignment in "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit." Crisp, efficient and appreciably modest in scale...
| Jan 2, 2014
In “Divergent,” the Chicago-set adaptation of Veronica Roth’s novel that’s also the most-anticipated movie of early 2014, society is divided into factions emphasizing bravery (Dauntless), honesty (Candor), intelligence (Erudite),...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 2:30 PM
"THERE CAN be too much truth in any relationship."
So quipped Maggie Smith, in one of her dry, delicious asides, on the season four premiere of "Downton Abbey" last Sunday.
These days, after the success of any series, people love to be argumentative and...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 6:39 AM
How crowded was December at the movies? Crowded enough to push George Clooney and "The Monuments Men" into an early 2014 release. And that's good! That's good. Because a little quality to go with our winter movie diversions would be good.
Here are 10...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 2:57 PM
Keira Knightley may be married, but she's still sounding the feminist horn for women in Hollywood.
The English actress covers Harper's Bazaar UK's February issue and opened up about the male-dominated field she works in.
The 28-year-old said she...
| Jan 24, 2014
As the impact of the Internet and digital technology continues to treat publishing like an Etch-a-Sketch, seemingly redrawing its rules and parameters every other week, it's hard to know who is "winning" and who is "losing."
According to Colin Robinson,...
| Dec 12, 2013
In "Command Authority," the first Tom Clancy espionage/military thriller published since the megaselling author's death in October, the Cold War is alive and well. It never really ended, in fact, bringing Clancy's Jack Ryan series — featuring the...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 7:30 AM
I mark the author's passing Tuesday in a Baltimore hospital at age 66 not as a fan--I found his books impenetrable and, truth be told, boring--but as an observer of a remarkable publishing paradigm, the rise of the technobabble thriller.
| Nov 27, 2013
| 10:32 AM
Let's say you want to buy a book for the male significant other in your life who doesn't read many books. I'm going to tell you how.
Step 1: Determine if he would even like a book as a gift.
The National Endowment for the Arts says that two-thirds...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 8:01 AM
*Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are not President and Vice President of the United States.
*Younger people are, according to a recent report by USPIRG, "finding cars less necessary."
*Facebook usage is in decline, if not free-fall, among the young....
| Oct 2, 2013
| 6:40 PM
In 1980, Tom Clancy was making a decent living as an insurance agent. But underwriting fire, casualty and car policies wasn't the stuff of his dreams.
In his spare time he began to plot a novel — about an ex-Marine who worked for the CIA and a...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 4:12 PM