Life & Times

Cherokee Purple, one of the most popular heirloom tomatoes, was introduced to the larger gardening world by Craig LeHoullier, after he received a letter with seeds from John D. Green in 1990. Green said they were given to him by a neighbor, who in turn had received them a century earlier from Cherokee Indians. (Shoe Heel Factory/Storey Publishing)

Author Sings Praises of Heirloom Varieties in ‘Epic Tomatoes’

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Craig LeHoullier loves tomatoes. Not in the pass-me-the-spaghetti-sauce sense as much as in the gardening sense. He is the tomato adviser for Seed Savers Exchange, …

Raise Your Glass: Big Name Behind a Nice Cab

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Carnivor, cabernet sauvignon 2013, Modesto, Calif., $9.99 to $12.99 When I was in elementary school, we were considered cool if we could say a few …

Notes From the Garden: Starting Seeds Indoors

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

After arguably the coldest, snowiest winter on record, I am ready for spring. OK, maybe the winter of 1934 was colder. So what? I still …

Road, Walk

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Kayleigh Lee, 15, of Claremont, walks her horse, Sunny, back to the barn after Sunny jumped onto a snowbank. Kayleigh has been training Sunny since September. She said she enjoys teaching Sunny how to stay calm on roads …

Tempo Picks Up for Downbeat Pianos

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Chicago — After years of decline, the piano industry may be on the upswing. In August, Bob Frazier’s company made a move that many people called crazy: It opened a second piano store. The industry is dying, he …

Faith, Evil and Penance: Jeffrey Lent’s New Novel Revisits Post-Civil War Era

Friday, March 27, 2015

There’s a certain Slant of light, Winter Afternoons — That oppresses, like the Heft Of Cathedral Tunes — — Emily Dickinson A small religious group started by a charismatic woman is at the heart of Jeffrey Lent’s new …

Movie Review: Uneven ‘Get Hard’ Scores Some Zingers, but Also Blunders

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Get Hard opens with a tight close-up of Will Ferrell weeping — openly, copiously, theatrically — in what has become his signature gesture of doing something banal to an absurd extreme. In this scattershot, funny-dumb satire, Ferrell plays …

Movie Review: ‘Home’ Can’t Quite Live Up to the Book It Came From

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Evoking The Wizard of Oz, Annie and E.T., Home is about the yearning for the comforts of family. But this kiddie sci-fi adaptation doesn’t quite live up to its evocative title. Based on Adam Rex’s best-selling children’s book …

‘Chappie’: Artificial Intelligence Made Stupid

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent …

‘Suze Orman Show,’ a Sane Space on Money-Mad TV, Ends

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Saturday night’s final episode, after 13 years, of CNBC’s The Suze Orman Show might be viewed as one more positive indicator of an economic recovery. If Suze is moving on, could this somehow mean that Americans finally got their acts together and are back on the job, above …

On Poetry: For this Poet, Words Provide the Inspiration

Friday, March 27, 2015

The question I’m most frequently asked as a poet, one I mused on in my December column, is “Why doesn’t that rhyme?” In this column, I’ll look, at least to begin with, at the second most frequently asked: “Where do you get your inspiration?” Well, fact is, I’m …

With ‘Ongoingness,’ Sarah Manguso Reflects on Recording Her Life

Friday, March 27, 2015

Here’s the question at the heart of Sarah Manguso’s Ongoingness: The End of a Diary (Graywolf: 98 pages, $20): How does a writer record his or her experiences and live them at the same time? Sitting in the …

‘Weegee Guide’ Shows Mid-Century New York

Friday, March 27, 2015

A new book of photos by legendary photographer Weegee shows what industrialized, pre-gentrified New York looked like in the mid-20th century, before the city was crammed with towers and billboards. Weegee, whose real name was Arthur Fellig, was …