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Do, See, Taste

How one young couple settled (stylishly) into a Capitol Hill rowhouse

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Anna and Brian Matthews moved from an English basement to a 1904 rowhouse a few blocks away in Washington, D.C., with just one good sofa and Brian’s bachelor furniture. Because Anna is a designer, it wasn’t long before the old pieces were going up on Craigslist and new stuff was coming in from her favorite fabric, wallpaper and furniture sources. …

Lights, camera, blossom! Disney films inspire floral fantasy

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Lights, camera . . . blossom! Floral and garden designers are paying homage to Disney and Pixar films at the Philadelphia Flower Show, which opened …

App reviews: Handle, for e-organization; Blendoku puzzle game

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Get a grip This application links three productivity apps into one – the e-mail inbox, calendar and to-do list – to help you get a …

Monopoly inventor isn’t who you think

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Nations, politicians, athletes, icons – they all need their foundation myths. But George Washington did not chop down the cherry tree. Michael Jordan was not cut from his high school basketball team. And Charles Darrow did not invent …

Nick Hornby’s ‘Funny Girl’ takes readers to 1960s London

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The author of High Fidelity has a new novel out, and it’s a sweet sojourn to 1960s London, where a cast of writers and actors embark on a groundbreaking television show that changes the course of their lives. …

Kim Gordon is more than just a ‘Girl in a Band’

Saturday, February 28, 2015

As the front woman for influential indie band Sonic Youth for three decades, Kim Gordon had a ringside seat as experimental music left the grimy clubs of New York and went mainstream with the help of MTV and …

Toni Morrison and Rita Dove to attend National Book Critics Circle Awards

Saturday, February 28, 2015

This month’s National Book Critics Circle Awards ceremony will offer a rare chance to see some of the country’s most celebrated authors. Nobel laureate Toni Morrison has confirmed that she will attend the March 12 ceremony to receive this year’s Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. The NBCC announced …

Lippman deals with parenthood in ‘Hush Hush’

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Laura Lippman’s novels about Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan have never followed the predictable mode. Instead, the series about this sometimes cranky, perceptive young woman has afforded Lippman a way of looking at what motivates people and how …

On My Nightstand: ‘The Disappearance’ is a wild thriller

Saturday, February 28, 2015

In The Disappearance by J.F. Freedman, a teenager named Emma Lancaster has been abducted from a slumber party she was having with two of her girlfriends. One of the young girls briefly awakes and describes a blanket-wrapped Emma in someone’s arms. There is no struggle and the kidnapaper’s …

Nimoy, known as Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ dies at 83

Saturday, February 28, 2015

‘Someday,” producer Gene Roddenberry said many decades ago, “I’m going to make a science-fiction series and put pointed ears on that guy.” The series was Star Trek, and the guy was Leonard Nimoy, who died yesterday at 83. …

‘Live long and prosper’

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Leonard Nimoy first saw what became the famous Vulcan salute, “live long and prosper,” as a child, long before Star Trek even existed. The placement of the hands comes from a childhood memory of an Orthodox Jewish synagogue …

Missing: One Oscar gown, 6,000 pearls, worth up to $10 million

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Lupita Nyong’o showed up to the Oscars this year looking like a bag of money. At least that’s what one enterprising thief saw – because Tuesday, the custom Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein Collection gown was stolen from the actress’s hotel room at the London West Hollywood Hotel. …

Tribes from around US gather to discuss legal marijuana

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Justice Department’s December announcement that it would allow the nation’s Indian tribes to legalize and regulate marijuana on their reservations brought notes of caution – if not silence or opposition – from many tribes. They were reluctant …