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In this June 30, 2011 file photo, editor in chief Axel Alonzo poses at Marvel Comics in New York. Marvel Comics and DC Comics are leading a push for diversity in their industry’s mainstream characters. The new black Captain America comic book debuted in November. (AP Photo/Marvel Entertainment, Judith Stephens)

Black Captain America leading comic book diversity

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

For decades, comic books have been in color, but now they truly reflect all the hues of American society. The new Captain America is black. A Superman who is suspiciously similar to President Obama recently headlined a comic book. Thor is a woman, Spider-Man is part-Puerto Rican and Ms. Marvel is Muslim. Mainstream comic book superheroes – America’s modern mythology …

‘Killer Heels’ looks at the history of high heels

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Shakespeare mentions high heels in Hamlet, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg praised them and fashion designers from Dior to Manolo Blahnik have bewitched women and men with their versions. Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe is a luxurious, fun and sexy look at the history of high heels, and it manages to be eye candy and thought-provoking, too. It’s on …

The Mindful Reader: A sensible approach to mental strength

Sunday, December 14, 2014

My son saw my review copy of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin and said it’s all over social media, even though it’s not officially out until Jan. 1. Which is fitting, because the book grew out of a blog post that went viral. By the time she was …

Cosby biographer says he was wrong to exclude rape allegations from book

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Mark Whitaker, the former journalist and author whose sweeping, recently published biography of Bill Cosby, Cosby: His Life and Times, which drew good reviews, has issued something of a mea culpa. His crime? Not bothering to discuss the many allegations of drugging and sexual assault women levied against …

‘The Sense of Style’ could do much good

Sunday, November 30, 2014

It is said that you should never ask a linguist for advice on grammar because the answer will always start with, “Well, it depends,” and everything after that will leave you more confused than before. But we need …

Think you know what a catfish is? ‘In Real Life’ explores social media term

Sunday, November 30, 2014

If you think a catfish is a river-dwelling bottom-feeder that has felinelike whiskers, chances are you’re not very active on social media. Which also means that you’ve probably never heard of either Nev Schulman, who’s credited with turning …

‘Our Secret Life in the Movies’ a memento mori

Sunday, November 30, 2014

This beautiful, devastating little book is quite unlike anything else I’ve ever encountered, and if you grew up in a small town in the 1980s feeling even remotely marginal, it’s specifically engineered to break your heart. Our Secret …

‘Burning Room’ the stirrings of a trend?

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Harry Bosch has trouble holding on to partners. Throughout his long career at the Los Angeles Police Department, Detective Bosch has lost a couple of partners in the line of duty; others have turned out to be crooked …

Ted Kooser’ ‘Splitting an Order’ all his own

Sunday, November 30, 2014

With the possible exception of Billy Collins, Ted Kooser must be the most accessible and enjoyable major poet in America. His lines are so clear and simple that, in comparison, even Robert Frost sounds like Stephane Mallarme. The …

‘41’: George W.’s ‘love story’

Sunday, November 23, 2014

George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States, is the only commander in chief in modern times who has declined to write a memoir. Now George W. Bush, the 43rd president, strides into the void …

Three treasure-houses for young readers

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Here are three books young readers – from wannabe explorers to budding logophiles – will enjoy: Keep digging Is any childhood truly complete without at least one shovel-wielding foray into shoulder-deep dirt? Typically, the preferred destination is the …

‘Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered’ reveals the woman behind the smile

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile has captivated audiences for centuries, inspiring songs, poetry and film. But little is known about the woman behind what may be the world’s most famous painting. The consensus among art researchers and historians …

‘Falling From Horses’ lacks tension

Sunday, November 23, 2014

“No animals were harmed in the making of this film.” If you see that disclaimer at the end of a movie, you know it was made after 1980. That’s when the Screen Actors Guild finally negotiated a contract …