The First College in the U.S. to Open Without Any Books in its Library

Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland has just opened, with 550 students attending the first day of classes this week. The newly-built campus has a gorgeous library building, but no plans to stock it with books. Instead, it will be the nation's first all-digital college library. But it gets weirder than that. » 8/25/14 1:55pm Monday 1:55pm

A Plea to Keep Libraries Alive

As a child I was irascible — easily bored, prone to tantrums, and always on edge. Luckily for my parents, they discovered a cure early on: books. We’d make weekly trips to the library, where I’d fill up a tote bag with as many books as it could hold. The bag was always so heavy that I’d have to schlep it over my… » 12/06/13 7:33pm 12/06/13 7:33pm

If Zero Hour is trying to be the most ludicrous show ever made, it has…

Well, I needn't have worried in last week's review of Zero Hour's pilot episode that the show might run out of its special brand of batshit insanity too soon. As the second episode proves, Zero Hour has crazy to spare, and the crazy is reproducing itself like Tribbles, at a terrifying rate. Tonight's episode "Face"… » 2/22/13 7:00am 2/22/13 7:00am

This Saturday, let your love of Star Wars take you to your local…

We may debate whether they read or write in the Star Wars universe — but one thing's for sure: the Star Wars tie-in books and novelizations have inspired countless people to start reading. There are so many Star Wars books and graphic novels now, it's like a whole literary genre up to itself. » 10/04/12 2:44pm 10/04/12 2:44pm

Downtown L.A. Intersection Renamed Ray Bradbury Square

Los Angeles is honoring a local literary hero Ray Bradbury, by creating Ray Bradbury Square at Fifth and Flower in downtown L.A. This is half a dozen blocks away from Clifton's Cafeteria, where Bradbury was a regular, and a stone's throw from the Central Public Library, where Bradbury wrote on the public typewriters. » 9/19/12 7:00am 9/19/12 7:00am