November 8, 2013 |
Author Nicola Griffith is as unpredictable and fascinating as one of her heroines. Her first two novels, "Ammonite" and "Slow River" (which won a Nebula Award), were science fiction. And from 1998 to 2007, she followed up with three novels of suspense centered on a tough, wealthy ex-cop named Aud Torvingen. She also published a Lambda Award-winning memoir, "And Now We Are Going to Have a Party: Liner Notes to a Writer's Early Life," about her upbringing in Yorkshire, England, and a life riotously lived (her immigration case landed her on the front page of the Wall Street Journal after the State Department made a rule that allowed her to stay in the U.S. because it was "in the national interest")
November 7, 2013 |
The last time Cam Cleeland had two good eyes, a pillowcase was being pulled over his head. It was 15 years ago in a University of Wisconsin La Crosse dormitory that housed New Orleans Saints players for training camp. Cleeland and his fellow rookies were herded at one end of a long, narrow hallway. Their veteran teammates, most of them drunk, lined either side of the hall, leaving about a one-foot gap to get through. This was the gantlet, a well-worn Saints tradition of hazing and a rite of passage for the rookies.
October 28, 2013 |
Just another five-touchdown day for Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who led his team Sunday to a 35-17 rout of Buffalo in New Orleans. Pleased as he was to pick up a victory, Brees was disappointed with his team's mental mistakes, among them a few pre-snap penalties and two occasions when they had just 10 players on the field. “It's good when you can not play your best and make certain mistakes and still win like we did,” Brees said. “That's not good enough for us. We've set the bar high.” The best news for New Orleans was the play of tight end Jimmy Graham, who sat out of practice most of the week nursing a foot injury.
October 22, 2013 |
Solange Knowles' imprint Saint Records has announced its first release. It's not the highly anticipated follow-up to Knowles' EP “True,” however. Instead, it's a compilation curated by the singer. “Saint Heron” will feature 12 tracks from a smattering of left-field R&B acts including Cassie, Jade J, Petite Noir, Kelela, India Shawn, Sampha and Jhené Aiko, who played Pop & Hiss her contribution (a sensual stunner titled “Drinking & Driving”) during a recent listening session.
October 11, 2013 |
Sometimes, our expectations zig and the NFL zags. Like a LeSean McCoy cutback, the league has taken some surprising turns in the first five weeks, with San Francisco stumbling (then regaining its footing), Atlanta doing a face plant, and Andrew Luck-led Indianapolis seamlessly transitioning from Chuckstrong - last season's mantra in honor of ill Coach Chuck Pagano - to Luckstrong. Because it's Week 6, here are six eyebrow-raising developments so far: Hello, Cleveland When they traded running back Trent Richardson and gave the starting quarterback job to Brian Hoyer, the Browns looked like they were waving the white flag.
October 3, 2013 |
Ten years ago this November singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, then 34, died in an Echo Park bungalow from two knife stabs to the chest. According to William Todd Schultz's "Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith," a clear-eyed and devastating new biography of the gifted and troubled artist, his death, likely a suicide, was inevitable. The only questions were how and when. Smith is most widely known for the use of his somber, melodic music to soundtrack Gus Van Sant's "Good Will Hunting" and a white-suited performance during the 1998 Academy Awards of the song "Miss Misery.