Molly Dektar takes writerly look at allure of cults

From the very first few pages of her debut novel about a cult, “The Ash Family,” author Molly Dektar’s substantial writing chops are abundantly clear. “The

Alan Parsons quotes from his past on ‘The Secret’

Magic is one of the themes of “The Secret,” Alan Parsons’ latest project, and it is best represented by the instrumental opening tune, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” Its many moods

News of the World | Simply elegant, Morse code marks 175 years and counting

The first message sent by Morse code’s dots and dashes across a long distance traveled from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore on Friday, May 24, 1844 – 175

Food and beverage | Israeli scientists brew beer with revived ancient yeasts

Israeli researchers raised a glass this week to celebrate a long-brewing project of making beer and mead using yeasts extracted from ancient clay vessels —some over 5,000

Far-right attracts the young | The torch of fears

* Movies: Poms * Books: The Invited: a Novel by Jennifer McMahon * Music: Fever Breaks by Josh Ritter * Travel: Space-tourism   DOWNLOAD

‘Poms’ is too embarrassed of itself to be empowering

There’s something irreconcilable about “Poms,” a movie about women in a retirement community who start a cheerleading club. The film wants us to laugh at the idea

Jennifer McMahon’s ‘The Invited’ is a powerful novel

Jennifer McMahon again proves that the modern ghost story is more than things that go bump in the night. It hinges on reality, slowly building to a

Josh Ritter’s ‘Fever Breaks’ is especially engaging

Josh Ritter’s “Fever Breaks” is a work of stacked marvels, the result of an auspicious collaboration with Jason Isbell — who also produced — and his band,

Exclusive: Europe’s far-right parties wooing the young

They are strikingly young, but emphatic that they should not be considered newcomers. Rather, they are claiming the mantle of Old Europe at its most traditional.

Travelog | Space-tourism enters ‘home stretch’ toward commercial flight

Billionaire Richard Branson is moving Virgin Galactic’s winged passenger rocket and more than 100 employees from California to a remote commercial launch and landing facility in southern

Human Loss

– YOU are to blame, and lose   * Movies: Long Shot * Books: From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home by Tembi Locke

‘Long Shot,’ a comedy with a big heart and smarts

Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen make a sparkling comedic duo in the unconventional romantic comedy “Long Shot,” about a sleek politician and a schlubby journalist that is more than

Tembi Locke’s ‘From Scratch’ is a gorgeous read

Not interested in yet another memoir of moving to Italy, discovering great food and falling crazy in love with the man of your dreams? Me neither. But

‘Hurts 2B Human’ offers a predictable Pink

Right out of the gate on her new album, Pink gives you just the song you expect from the punk superstar: a pop ballad oozing with confidence

News of the World | UN report Humans accelerating extinction of species

People are putting nature in more trouble now than at any other time in human history, with extinction looming over 1 million species of plants and animals,

Food & Beverage | Meatsplainer: How new plant-based burgers compare to beef

If you want to skip meat, a new era of options is here. Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods are among the companies racing to tap into

Breakfast in Style

For most of us, we do not think of breakfast as the most important meal of the day. Some even skip it because time is limited in

A strong Efron, but little else new in Bundy biopic

When Ted Bundy died in the electric chair 30 years ago in Florida, a witness to the execution — a prosecutor in the case of a 12-year-old

Eight shades of Leonardo

* Books: Cape May by Chip Cheek * Music: Stay Around by J.J. Cale * Science: Black holes are cosmic prisons   DOWNLOAD

‘Cape May’ novel is full of drink and lust to a fault

It is early fall of 1957 when the young newlyweds arrive at Cape May for their honeymoon. This is the offseason, and the New Jersey beach with its aging

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