| Jan 30, 2009
| 3:53 PM
As a starstruck 14-year-old living in Far Rockaway, Long Island, I began an obsession with Elizabeth Taylor. I cut out every picture of her (I still have the file all these years later) from every magazine and newspaper listed in the Readers Guide to...
| Jun 22, 2009
We're 45 minutes up a forbidding Malibu dirt road that climbs 2,200 feet in four miles, and the Wild Man is ahead. Way ahead. Out-of-sight ahead. And my excuses begin:
"I'm a mountain biker, but I've never ridden right after a grueling, two-hour, all-...
| Nov 17, 2009
| 3:25 PM
A New Orleans man is among the 10 people who are being honored as a CNN Hero for 2009.
Derrick Tabb, the founder of Roots of Music, a free year-round music education and academic mentoring program for middle school children in New Orleans, was chosen...
| Jul 12, 2009
Percival Everett doesn't spend a lot of time considering his body of work. Instead, says the 52-year-old author, whose new novel "I Am Not Sidney Poitier" (Graywolf: 272 pp., $16 paper) came out last month, "I think about writing one book at a time. It'...
| Aug 31, 2009
If you must have a shtick, make it a good one. Robert Olen Butler is familiar with this dictum: His collection "Tabloid Dreams" was based on supermarket tabloids; the stories in "Had a Good Time" were drawn from vintage postcards; "Severance" was composed...
| Dec 20, 2009
Before she was the multimillionaire CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, dressing in Chanel suits, mingling with media moguls and dreaming of becoming a U.S. senator, Linda McMahon was broke.
It was 1976. McMahon and her husband, Vincent K. McMahon, had...
| Jan 21, 2010
An Auburn family cut through a lot of red tape to adopt a Haitian girl named Claire who was caught up in the devastating earthquake.
Today the little girl took her first steps on American soil.
Claire is now settling into her new home in Lake of the...
| Apr 5, 2009
The Dreamers, Schemers and
Millionaires Who are Saving
Ecco: 368 pp., $25.99
Excepting the facts that the title is absurd and the premise conceptually fractured, this is a fine little book: a collection of starry-...
| Jan 18, 2004
On an otherwise unremarkable day nearly 30 years ago, in a San Fernando Valley head shop, an ordinary man on LSD had an epiphany. The one thing that could save the world, it came to him, was hemp.
Thunderbolts come cheap on LSD, but this one looked...
| Jun 28, 1990
Call it one of the most remarkable success stories in modern publishing history.
Since late 1985, at least 20 books by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard have become bestsellers.
In March of 1988, nearly four decades after its initial publication,...