| Sep 8, 2011
| 7:00 AM
Dan Rodricks's commentary "Big fix: Buried power lines, anyone?" (Sept. 4) offered a creative idea to improve America's infrastructure. But something more radical is needed. Flooding or other environmental problems could still disturb buried power lines....
| Jul 3, 2011
Jean Echenoz, translated from the French by Linda Coverdale
New Press: 142 pp., $19.95
Gregor, Echenoz's character based on the life of Nikola Tesla, the eccentric Serbian inventor, is born as a bolt of lightning sets the surrounding forest...
| Aug 30, 2011
| 12:17 PM
We still don't have power on South Main Street in Middletown. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know, it was a big storm. Historical, right? I was in it. I heard on the radio this morning that CL&P admits that it does not have even as many linemen as it did when...
| Aug 31, 2011
| 3:15 PM
I knew it! I knew this would happen. Tuesday afternoon, I drew a cartoon about CL&P not getting power restored in a timely fashion, and Presto! We have power at my house as of Tuesday night at 7:30PM.
It's the same principle I use when it's been...
| Sep 23, 2011
| 8:04 AM
The state legislature is holding hearings on Connecticut Light & Power's response to Hurricane Irene. Right now they're talking to municipal leaders, but on Monday, citizens will get their shot.
For the first time in history, the state will allow...
| May 15, 2011
| 8:05 PM
"Everyone’s favorite vampire" returns to "Sanctuary" this week, when Jonathon Young once again spits the snark of Nikola Tesla.
In "Awakening," premiering at 9 p.m. May 16 on Syfy, Tesla teams up with Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping) to search a...
| May 22, 2010
The window- cleaning bill at Main Street shop Jadis in Santa Monica must be huge. So many people have leaned against the glass to peer at Parke Meek's seldom-open, oddity-packed domain. The word jadis in French refers to a period that is romantically...
| Nov 17, 2008
A girl, tarred and feathered, and strangled by a bullwhip, was found in the corner of a quiet garden. Nearby, at the top of a two-story glass-brick facade, was a speed-metal guitarist pounding out Ted Nugent-like jams before a gothic archway -- complete...
| Aug 10, 2008
Spoiler alert: Plot surprises in Christopher Priest's novel "Inverted World" are discussed in the following column.
It's nearly impossible for me, a native Angeleno, to imagine a city like the one in Christopher Priest's newly reissued novel "Inverted...
| Feb 2, 2008
The Invention of Everything Else
By Samantha Hunt
Houghton Mifflin, 257 pages, $24
I took a journey with "The Invention of Everything Else," a new novel based on the life of inventor Nikola Tesla, by Samantha Hunt. There were the first glorious seven...
| Sep 10, 2009
| 4:32 PM
Nikola Tesla is best remembered for being at the forefront of electrical engineering at the turn of the 20th century. Forget the cheesy early 1990s hair-metal music references, Tesla was a groundbreaking inventor who helped create the alternating-...
| Nov 9, 2009
| 4:33 PM
Author Judy Wearing deserves kudos for the title of her popular science book, "Edison's Concrete Piano: Flying Tanks, Six-Nippled Sheep, Walk-on-Water Shoes and 12 Other Flops from Great Inventors." It immediately conjures questions: Could a concrete...