Like a serial for the digital age, the book world’s most dramatic story of 2014 unfolded in installments, often in real time.
A dispute about e-book revenues between Amazon.com and Hachette Book Group led to Amazon’s removing buy buttons, cutting discounts and reducing orders for works ranging from J.K. Rowling’s latest detective thriller to J.D. Salinger’s “Nine Stories.” The battle lasted for months. Hachette author Stephen Colbert flipped the bird to Amazon, right on camera. Amazon suggested that frustrated customers might try buying books elsewhere.
‘Tis clearly the season for Oscar-worthy performances by British actors playing mathematical geniuses facing daunting personal odds.
Sound overly specific? Consider: A few weeks ago we had “The Theory of Everything,” starring Eddie Redmayne as the brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking. And now we have Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Imitation Game” as Alan Turing, the man chiefly responsible for cracking the vaunted Enigma code used by the Germans in World War II.
Acclaimed chef Chris Lanter is talking a crowd of eager foodies through a demo on cooking with marijuana. As he prepares steak au poivre, he describes how to deglaze the pan with pot-infused brandy. How to pair marijuana with fine foods. How to make marijuana’s skunky tang work for a dish, not ruin it.
On New Year’s Eve, Milwaukee musician Andy Noble will be doing what he loves best: introducing fans old and new to his collection of classic soul and funk 45 rpm records at The Get Down, Turner Hall Ballroom’s traditional end-of-the-year dance party.
Here are the 25 films selected in 2014 by the Library of Congress to be preserved as part of the National Film Registry:
• “13 Lakes” (2004)
For those who love to decorate, there’s no time like the holidays for adding fun, festive touches to our living spaces. This year, there’s something for many tastes and styles.
A look at the trends you’ll see at stores:
For decades, comic books have been in color, but now they truly reflect all the hues of American society.
If the weather outside is frightful, the art inside is delightful. So if you’ve no place to go, two of Madison’s best art venues have a show, and a show, and another show.
In 1976, a handful of California winemakers entered a wine competition in Paris hoping to gain attention from the elites who governed the European wine trade. No one was more shocked than the French judges themselves when the series of blind tastings resulted in overwhelming wins for American viticulture.