Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell

Hawaii sometimes seems a tropical maiden affianced to the staid and temperate continental United States.  But as surfing journalist Chas Smith makes clear, the beautiful maiden's moods and whims can also be poisonous and operatic. 

April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…