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Author uses real name on No. 5 in Red series

Subscriber onlyThere are any number of reasons a writer might decide to write under a pseudonym, and some of them are innocent. Just over a year ago I wrote about Holy Orders, a faux genre mystery written by distinguished English author John Banville under the pen name Benjamin Black. Continue reading...

Weekend telethon now 2-hour Show of Strength

Subscriber onlyIf you're in between ice bucket challenges, you might try squeezing in the Muscular Dystrophy Association concert at 8 p.m. today on ABC. Continue reading...

Full run of Kotter on DVD a nostalgic Sweathog buffet

Subscriber onlyWhat is it? Welcome Back, Kotter, the Complete Series, 95 episodes on 16 discs from Shout! Factory Continue reading...

Readers offer icy opinions on last week's ALS column

Subscriber onlyLast week, I shared my thoughts about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, headline: "Facts toss cold water on grouch." Continue reading...

Family auction aids mother

Subscriber onlyWhile I'm away, readers give the advice. Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Subscriber onlyHappy birthday. Your personal greatness will fluctuate, but because you are focused on the greatness of others, a reflective beauty follows you. Your experience will be enriched because what you really care about is their experience. Someone goes all out for you next month. Continue reading...

Mixing of politics, religion is topic of lecture at library

Subscriber onlyCharles Kimball, author of When Religion Becomes Lethal: The Explosive Mix of Politics and Religion in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, will present the Central Arkansas Library System's Rabbi Ira Sanders Distinguished Lecture at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock. Continue reading...

Camping out ...

… French-style, comes in various forms of family fun

Subscriber onlyOne son's conquering a water slide. The other's at the soccer pitch leading French, British and Dutch teammates to victory. Mom's getting a massage. Dad's poolside chatting to his new European neighbors and plotting a barbecue. Continue reading...

Little Wisconsin town's scenery is Superior

Subscriber onlyIn northern Wisconsin, nestled against the edge of Lake Superior, lies a tiny town that captures the classic American atmosphere of years gone by. Continue reading...

Traveling readers stalk dead writers

Subscriber onlyBook lovers who head out to visit authors' homes, museums and gravesites are part of a new chapter in travel called "literary tourism." Continue reading...

8 rental collision coverage 'gotchas'

Subscriber onlySay you're renting a car and you plan to rely on your credit card's built-in collision coverage. Or maybe you're even prepared to buy the rental company's wildly overpriced collision damage waiver (CDW). Either way, you think you're covered. But are you fully covered? MileCards.com just released a report on eight rental car "gotchas" that at least some credit card collision benefits won't cover. Continue reading...

Historic Black House holds Searcy art gallery

A gallery of local contemporary art installed in a handsome historic house delivers a one-two punch of pleasure for visitors to Searcy. Continue reading...

Turn Labor Day into Meatless Monday with vegetarian fare

Subscriber onlyA summer of cookouts and potlucks provides countless opportunities for smoky grilled burgers, skewers and hot dogs. American classics reign, typically topped with ketchup and mustard and -- relished. Continue reading...

Title may be fake, tasty result is real

Subscriber onlyThere's nothing Peruvian about this chicken. At least not in an authentic sense. The name refers to a common and popular rotisserie chicken found on the East Coast. The dish is also known as Super Chicken, El Pollo Rico and Pollo a La Brasa. Continue reading...

Reading Nook: 'Market-Fresh Mixology'

Subscriber onlyJust like her drinks, it was time mixologist Bridget Albert of Shorewood, Ill., refreshed her cocktail book. Continue reading...