Reining in a book group

Q.  I’m in a book group that has become a talkfest about everything about the book. Young moms talk about their kids, older members pass around pictures of their grandchildren, and so on. We are all friends, so it’s interesting, but it’s not why we are there. We eventually do get around to discussing the book, but it’s usually so … read more

2014 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 — Astonishingly good car

For years now, Hyundai has been building cars that elicit an almost unanimous response from critics and car aficionados: It’s better than I expected, but it’s still a Hyundai, which means it’s emphatically not a BMW, Audi or Lexus. The time is fast approaching when such thoughts will have to be set aside, so that South Korea’s automotive offerings can … read more

The Blue Room tells a compelling story in a short time

Films don’t have to be lengthy to feel complete. When a director chooses how to tell a story, he or she sets a pace for the narrative. While some movies let sloppy rhythm add unnecessary minutes to the running time, others remain focused to stay tight. Few in recent memory get the job done with as much time to spare … read more