| Dec 6, 2013
| 2:30 AM
"WHEN ONE is young, one should use a lot of mascara, and when one is old, one should use much, much more!"
That was Dame Sybil Thorndike's advice to Marilyn Monroe in the delicious 1957 movie, "The Prince and the Showgirl." (Laurence Olivier was Monroe's...
| Dec 1, 2013
| 12:48 PM
Because everyone from Chicago is actually from Ohio, none of us actually spends Thanksgiving here. This was my first year staying in the city for the holiday. You see, there are amazing benefits to Thanksgiving in Chicago. During a so-called...
| Nov 23, 2013
| 7:24 PM
WASHINGTON — Despite intense pressure to hold down federal spending, the Defense Department is launching a high-priced effort to create its own production pipeline for vaccines and biodefense drugs — an initiative that defies the advice of...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
You just can't out-gloom an environmentalist. The Atlantic invited some luminaries to answer the question "How and when will the world end?" Some contributions were funny. Others simply plausible -- a volcanic eruption from underneath Yellowstone National...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 10:54 AM
This morning, as I’m sitting at my desk, sipping a Starbucks Pumpkin Latte and trying to write the intro to this column, there’s one thing that keeps going through my mind: Hype.
My coffee has a giant cardboard sleeve announcing the 10th...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 4:32 PM
News release from Change The Mascot: ONEIDA NATION HOMELANDS (NY) (September 12, 2013) As the Oneida Indian Nation of New York today brings its ad campaign urging the team to drop its offensive name to every city Washington's pro football......
| Jul 2, 2013
You just can't out-gloom an environmentalist. The Atlantic invited some luminaries to answer the question "How and when will the world end?" Some contributions were funny. Others simply plausible — a volcanic eruption from underneath Yellowstone...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 5:09 PM
Thanks, ABC and Jenny McCarthy, for making it more likely that today's coddled children will get a taste of the character-building hardship our grandparents endured. Kids these days, they've had it so easy for so long, but they may finally get a dose of...
| Aug 10, 2013
| 6:30 AM
"The White Queen," a co-production of the BBC and Starz, debuted in Britain this summer to mostly scathing reviews. Critics objected especially to a few glaring anachronisms — no zippers in the 15th century, nor tourist-friendly castle handrails...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 10:00 AM
The protagonist of J.M. Sidorova's ambitious first novel, "The Age of Ice," is conceived in extremity during the reign of the cruel and impulsive Russian Empress Ionaovna. Captivated by the antics of her court fool, a humpbacked woman, the Empress...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Up close, Luke Jerram's new piece appears out of focus.
The U.K.-based artist created a three-dimensional pixilated portrait of his daughter using an Xbox Kinect, aluminum sheets and more than 5,000 colored stickers.
From a distance "Maya," which...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 4:10 PM
Mallory Caise, who is 28, hip, wide-eyed and unfailingly polite, pushed her way through the thicket of librarians. She wore a black polka-dot dress and clutched a pile of folders to her chest. She moved slowly, knocking into people, apologizing every...