‘Fatal’ is stand-alone thriller

A  stupid mistake has serious ramifications in “Fatal,” John Lescroart’s latest stand-alone thriller. Kate Jameson loves her life and marriage to Ron. She has two children, and

Dead Man Winter delivers rare gem over breakup

Dave Simonett has delivered something you almost never see in music: a gorgeous divorce album. Simonett, leader of the progressive bluegrass-rock band Trampled by Turtles, works under the banner

Travelog | In the wake of Viking explorers, a North Atlantic cruise

Looking out over the sea, you can almost see the Viking longboat at sail, far off in the distance. Or that may just be your imagination, teased

The Roman Province

Situated at the northern tip of the Latin Arch, Provence is the only wine region in Southern Europe whose rosé wine constitutes a majority in its wine production. For

Food & Beverage | Famous San Francisco baseball bar to close, future uncertain

San Francisco is girding for a legal showdown over one of its most beloved and now shuttering institutions: a baseball memorabilia bar in tourist-heavy Union Square named for

Inspired by the Smog

* Movies: The Red Turtle * Books: A Great Place to Have a War * Music: a girl a bottle a boat" by Train

Lovingly constructed ‘Red Turtle’ entertains slowly

When was the last time an animated film actual lowered your pulse rate? In its typical Hollywood form, an animated feature is usually the cinematic

The CIA in Laos changed the way America wages war

Even with the hindsight of history, it’s mystifying that 56 years ago when John F. Kennedy was preparing to become president, the fate of the Southeast Asian

Train’s new CD is stuck in the same soft-rock track

Some people simply adore Train. Others simply loathe them. The band’s new album is unlikely to change anyone’s mind. The band — now without lead

NEWS OF THE WORLD | Smog pushes Beijing residents to innovate for the world

This year already, the smog-shrouded capital of China has suffered particularly hazardous bouts of pollution caused mainly by coal burning and vehicle emissions. Like other Chinese cities,

The Effervescent Eagle

German wine legislation places heavy emphases on standardisation and thoroughness, so much so that most of the country’s vineyards are delineated into and registered as ca. 2,600 Einzellagen (literally:

Food & Beverage | Booze tourism: Kentucky bourbon trail buzzing with one million visits

Forget the bottle, a record number of people are experiencing Kentucky bourbon from the barrel, touring distilleries where they can sniff, sip and see whiskey crafted from the

Driverless cars: Who lives or dies?

* Movies: The Founder * Books: 'Little Deaths' by Emma Flint * Music: Delbert McClinton and Self-Made Men, "Prick of the Litter" *

In ‘The Founder,’ cutthroat big business, supersized

Ketchup, mustard, two pickles. In John Lee Hancock’s When Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling traveling salesmen selling milkshake mixers, first beelines to San Bernardino, California,

‘Little Deaths’ by Emma Flint is mesmerizing

Little Deaths, Emma Flint’s mesmerizing debut, works well as a look at misogyny, gossip, morals and the rush to judge others when a child goes missing.

Delbert McClinton, at 76, brings it once again

Few singers illustrate the gulf between live and recorded music better than Delbert McClinton, whose gruff voice and blues-infused rock have always sounded best in a beer-splashed