| Mar 9, 2012
Late Sunday night, there was a radiant light in the face of the Chicago actress Carolyn Hoerdemann. "This all reminds me of the early days of the European Rep," she said, ebulliently, referencing one of Chicago's most influential avant-garde troupes of...
| May 4, 2012
| 2:15 PM
Richard Chamberlain treats fellow actor Heather Tom abominably. Without apology. Night after night.
On stage, that is.
The tall, silver-haired veteran of stage and screen is heading the cast of “The Heiress,” the classic drama by Ruth and...
| Oct 30, 2009
First, a confession: I am Victor Frankenstein. Not the Victor Frankenstein, of course, who was, after all, not a real person but a literary invention from the mind of Mary Shelley. As the godmother of Gothic horror, Shelley conjured a scientist who...
| Feb 5, 2007
The Peruvian countryside.
Architect Antoni Gaudi.
Inspiration for the runway shows that began here over the weekend seemed to come from just about anything, perhaps indicating the confused state of fashion right...
| Mar 3, 2010
| 4:57 PM
Michael Foot, a bookish intellectual and anti-nuclear campaigner who led Britain's Labor Party to a disastrous defeat in 1983, died Wednesday, officials said. He was 96.
Foot died peacefully at his home in north London following a long illness, historian...
| Oct 12, 2007
We've had plenty of cause for celebration lately that we are not bound by Article 301 of the Turkish penal code (which specifies a six-month-to-three year prison sentence for insulting "being a Turk, the Republic or Turkish Grand National Assembly") or...
| Sep 28, 2008
Twenty years ago, Ballantine Books decided it no longer wanted to publish paperbacks exclusively, as it had done for the previous 35 years. Bucking convention, the firm launched its hardcover program with a first novel by an untested female writer that...
| Apr 26, 2008
By Art Winslow
Christopher Benfey, a scholar of Emily Dickinson and Gilded Age America, would not have his book "A Summer of Hummingbirds" had Dickinson not responded to a small floral painting sent to her in 1882 by writing an eight-line poem in...
| Oct 30, 2009
| 9:33 PM
In our pages this week, Tim Rutten reviewed "Sweet Thunder" by Will Heygood, a biography of boxer Sugar Ray Robinson. Robinson is "now universally acknowledged as the greatest prizefighter who ever lived," Rutten writes: Anyone who ever saw him in......
| Oct 29, 2009
| 4:33 PM
Today in London, a collection of letters from British poet Lord George Byron sold at auction for $459,110.67, exceeding the highest pre-sale estimates by more than $160,000 and selling for more than any other letters or manuscript by a British......
| Jan 30, 2010
| 4:32 PM
It’s tempting to call conductor Vasily Petrenko “the tall Russian dude.” At 33, he’s four years older than Gustavo Dudamel, who turned 29 last week, but he shares a similarly vital, elemental approach to music. In his astonishing Walt Disney......
| Mar 2, 2010
| 4:32 PM
If you thought low-carb diets were a relatively recent fad, check out “The Physiology of Taste” by Jean Brillat-Savarin. The French lawyer, who also studied chemistry and medicine, was the first to extol the virtues of consuming fewer carbohydrates...