| Apr 2, 2013
| 11:01 AM
Carol G. Hjortsberg, former head of Grace Episcopal Day School and author of a history of St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Annapolis, died March 27 from complications of diabetes at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. She was 69.
"Carol was very...
| Jun 2, 2012
When a book flies off the shelves by the millions within a month of publication and zooms to the top of the New York Times best-seller list, it's safe to assume that whatever its literary merit (or lack thereof), it probably is not a good candidate for...
| Jul 3, 2012
| 7:31 PM
Joel Peterson, founding winemaker at Ravenswood, asked some of the country's leading sommeliers and wine educators about the characteristics of an authentic wine.
The responses were heady and varied, but Debbie Zachareas, owner of the Ferry Plaza Wine...
| Sep 25, 2012
| 6:02 PM
TAOS, N.M. — As surprising as it may seem to many Americans, statehood isn't necessarily something dating back a couple of centuries. In fact, the last two of the Lower 48 — Arizona and New Mexico — became states only in the 1900s...
| Oct 6, 2012
I was no Don Juan.
Nineteen years old, and I'd yet to ask a girl out on a date.
Sometimes friends tried to arrange something. As when Tom and Joan set me up with her girlfriend Mish for a double date at a beach party in Cedar Lake, Ind.
| Sep 2, 2012
Shulamith Firestone, whose 1970 book "The Dialectic of Sex" became a feminist classic with its calls for a drastic rethinking of women's roles in the bearing and raising of children, was found dead Tuesday in her New York City apartment. She was 67.
| Mar 25, 2013
| 1:56 PM
On this date, March 25, in 1957, Allen Ginsberg helped make literary history. That's because 520 copies of his poem "Howl" were seized by U.S. Customs agents on charges of obscenity. Ginsberg and his publisher, City Lights, would fight those charges --...
| Sep 9, 2011
Michael Stern Hart, a burly rebel whose vision of a literate society led him to pioneer the electronic book decades before the spread of the Internet, has died. He was 64.
The founder of the online library Project Gutenberg, Hart had been in poor...
| Jun 19, 2011
Mexico and the Mexicans
Jorge G. Castañeda
Alfred A. Knopf: 294 pp., $27.95
Mexicans, like their Spanish forebears, love to quote proverbs as a way of underscoring eternal truths and imparting folk wisdom to younger generations....
| Nov 21, 2010
The handwritten pages of James Boswell's " London Journal 1762-1763" languished forgotten in a trunk in Scotland before being brought to light in the middle of the last century and issued under the auspices of Yale University. This event, together with...
| Nov 29, 2011
Ken Russell, the often controversial British director known for his flamboyant visual style in films such as "The Devils," "Altered States" and the Who's rock opera "Tommy," has died. He was 84.
Russell, who lived in Lymington in southern England, died...
| Feb 23, 2012
Barney Rosset, the renegade founder of Grove Press who fought groundbreaking legal battles against censorship and introduced American readers to such provocative writers as Harold Pinter, Samuel Beckett, Eugene Ionesco and Jean Genet, died Tuesday in...