Review: ‘Sullivan’s Crossing’ on the CW is a pleasant import from the makers of ‘Virgin River’

With Hollywood scribes back at their keyboards, readying things for actors to say when their own strike ends, possibly by the time you read this, it feels marginally less deplorable that, in order to preserve an appearance of a normal fall season, content purveyors are presenting imported material as if it were something they’d cooked … Read more

How a California-born writer unveiled the tragedy of Palestine through one grieving father

On the Shelf A Day in the Life of Abed Salama: Anatomy of a Jerusalem Tragedy By Nathan ThrallMetropolitan: 272 pages, $30 If you buy books linked on our site, The Times may earn a commission from, whose fees support independent bookstores. Sadly but perhaps fittingly, Nathan Thrall’s career as a journalist and the … Read more

The week’s bestselling books, October 8

Hardcover fiction 1. Tom Lake by Ann Patchett (Harper: $30) At a Michigan orchard, a woman tells her three daughters about a long-ago romance. 2. The Vaster Wilds by Lauren Groff (Riverhead: $28) A young woman escapes a Virginia colony and fights for survival. 3. The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride (Riverhead: … Read more

Hitler’s Birthplace Is Becoming A Police Station

LOADINGERROR LOADING BRAUNAU AM INN, Austria (AP) — Work started Monday on turning the house in Austria where Adolf Hitler was born in 1889 into a police station, a project meant to make it unattractive as a site of pilgrimage for people who glorify the Nazi dictator. The decision on the future of the building … Read more

Hate returning packages? Uber will now do it for you

New York CNN  —  Uber is looking to help with a much-dreaded chore: returning packages. The rideshare giant unveiled a new product update Wednesday that takes some of the pain points out of the return process, allowing users to request an Uber to specifically drop off their e-commerce packages at a local post office, FedEx … Read more

Commentary: L.A. comics share the secret of political comedy– ‘everything is political’

During a recent show at the venerable Thursday stand-up haven Peacock — at Atwater Village’s classiest watering hole, Club Tee Gee — Patton Oswalt dropped in and remarked, “We’ve got about eight years, right?” regarding how soon the world will be coming to an end. This gallows humor was met with a big room laugh, … Read more

America’s national emergency alert test is coming to your phone at 2:20 pm ET today: Here’s what you need to know

New York CNN  —  Today is the day for the US government’s big emergency alert drill, which will send a test message to every TV, radio and cell phone in the nation. Starting at approximately 2:20 pm ET on Wednesday, the federal government will begin conducting a nationwide test of its Emergency Alert System and … Read more

Commentary: Annie Baker chases nexus of pain and desire in hypnotic observational odyssey, ‘Infinite Life’

NEW YORK  —  The plays of Annie Baker take up a question that preoccupied Anton Chekhov at the end of the 19th century. How much propulsive action must a play contain to hold an audience’s attention? At issue is the relationship of plot to realism. In a theater dependent on exaggerated storylines — hairbreadth escapes, … Read more

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