| Sep 24, 2009
The list of people who've walked through these rooms is endless. "Bob Hope, Joe Fontane, Yule Brenner, Phyllis Diller, Gaga Gabor, Tennessee Williams." If only walls could talk.
"Ginger Rogers. Frank Sinatra actually tickled the ivories in the piano bar,...
| Oct 4, 2009
Daunting as it may be to assemble a centuries-spanning assessment of any country, even one with a fairly linear march through history, how does one approach a culture as unstable, contradictory and contested as ours? Where do you start? Where do you stop?...
| Nov 29, 2009
While assembling my notes for a review of the Library of America anthology "American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny" (Library of America, two volumes, edited by Peter Straub: "From Poe to the Pulps," 746 pp., $35; "From the 1940s to Now," 714 pp....
| Dec 6, 2009
1Comfortably over a thousand pages, "The Complete Stories of J.G. Ballard" "The Complete Stories of J.G. Ballard" (Norton: 1,216 pp., $35) isn't just a doorstop but the door itself, a portal to the worlds that Ballard (who died this year) hatched in his...
| Jun 7, 2009
On the opening night of the revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Desire Under the Elms," Kevin Spacey, Naomi Watts and a crush of theatergoers pressed into the St. James Theatre. But the man most instrumental in its transfer from Chicago's Goodman Theatre was...
| Jun 14, 2009
Toilet pail in one hand and cup, dish and spoon in the other, Craig Wright hovers near a wooden platform that represents a tiny prison cell in his play "The Unseen."
Kneeling on the platform is Darin Singleton, who portrays Wallace, one of two inmates...
| Jun 13, 2009
Harold Norse, a San Francisco poet often associated with the Beats, who was mentor or peer to many of the greatest talents in 20th century American literature, including Tennessee Williams, James Baldwin, Allen Ginsberg and Charles Bukowski, has died....
| Jul 1, 2009
| 1:12 PM
BRENTWOOD -- Academy Award and Emmy winning actor Karl Malden died today. He was 97.
Malden, who starred in the 1970s TV series "The Streets of San Francisco" and was the longtime American Express traveler's check spokesman, warning travelers to not...
| Jul 2, 2009
Karl Malden, a versatile Oscar-winning actor who built a six-decade Hollywood career playing heroes and heavies -- and, often, relatable ordinary men -- yet who was certain he was best known as a commercial pitchman for American Express, has died. He...
| Aug 16, 2009
Ruth Ford, a onetime member of Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre who appeared in numerous Broadway plays and in films and television, has died. She was 98.
Ford died Wednesday of age-related complications at her home in New York City, said her lawyer,...
| Jun 25, 2009
NEW YORK -- Overheard on the Chelsea Hotel stairway one recent Sunday:
Question: "Is Rita still here?"
Reply: "Rita's dead." A pause between footsteps. "Rita was a sweetheart."
Only in this hotel could such an exchange take place as calmly as if two...
| Mar 5, 2009
Horton Foote, whose bittersweet stories of heartbreak and regret set in small Southern towns earned him wide popular acclaim as well as two Academy Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, died Wednesday. He was 92.
Foote died in his sleep at his apartment in...