December 18, 2011
SUNDAY 'Tis the season for the sixth-season finale of the serial-killer drama "Dexter," followed by the freshman-season finale of "Homeland. " Claire Danes and Damian Lewis star in the latter series, a conspiracy thriller for our post-Sept. 11 world. (Showtime, 9 and 10 p.m.) Romance of the nerds: The two-part special "Geek Love" spotlights Sci-Fi Speed Dating, a matchmaking service designed especially for the costume-clad Comic-Con crowd. So what time should my mom and I pick you up?
December 20, 2009
Editorial cartoonists are mostly pro-peace and pro-joy, even if our tidings are sometimes delivered in less than glad packaging. Nate Beeler shone the light -- a whole string of it -- on the knotty healthcare debacle. Mike Lester's government snoops put the "bug" in "humbug." And I couldn't let the season of pax pass without a jab at the Afghanistan troop buildup. Scorn, snide contempt, ridicule and cynicism -- now those are gifts that keep on giving! -- Joel Pett Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for the Lexington Herald-Leader of Kentucky.
February 10, 2009 |
On the face of it, "T.I.'s Road to Redemption: 45 Days to Go" seems like the ultimate PR move. Arrested last year on federal weapons charges, rap artist T.I. (born Clifford Harris) reduced his sentence from a possible 30 years to an expected one year by agreeing to house arrest and logging 1,000 hours of community service. Much of that service was working with high-risk kids, which is, conveniently, also the theme of "Road to Redemption."
December 8, 2007 |
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is getting back into the Christmas spirit. Two years ago, the discount chain substituted the word "holiday" for Christmas references and encouraged store greeters to do the same, in line with other retailers' removal of "Christmas" from advertising and stores. Now, after criticism from religious groups, Wal-Mart is getting back in the spirit. For the first time, the Bentonville, Ark.-based merchant is bringing Santas into its 3,407 stores.
November 14, 2007 |
Don't take your cranberries for granted, America. Or your stain remover either. This time of year, yearning for American stuff reaches a fever pitch among American expats, including the more than 100,000 of us in France. Products that seem banal on the aisles of U.S. supermarkets and on TV become fetish items when you're more than 3,600 miles across an ocean. In fact, they come to seem like America itself.