| Jan 9, 2010
| 4:32 PM
Albert Camus Albert Camus, 46, an important man in modern world thinking, was killed in an auto accident near Paris this week and it is appropriate that his most comprehensive obituary here should be in a university paper, the Daily Trojan. There, Dr....
| Oct 25, 2009
| 4:33 PM
When the Nobel Prize in literature was announced this month, the name "Herta Muller" met much American head-scratching. Muller, an ethnically German Romanian who writes of trials of living under a repressive dictatorship, has a strong reputation in Europe...
| May 18, 2009
Edwin S. Shneidman, a pioneer in the field of suicide prevention and a prolific thinker and writer who believed that life is enriched by contemplation of death and dying, has died. He was 91.
He died Friday afternoon at his home in West Los Angeles,...
| Apr 22, 2008
| 3:05 PM
April 23, 2008
Like its author -- or, more precisely, because of him -- historian and commentator Tony Judt's new book is by turns fascinating, edifying and frustrating.
As a university professor at New York University and head of that school's...
| Oct 22, 2010
| 10:33 PM
On the cover of his new book, Francisco Ayala is sticking a banana on a fork and asking: Am I a monkey? He asks five other straightforward questions about evolution — laying out for the general public the most commonly discussed topics surrounding...
| Oct 4, 2009
CRITICISM IN AMERICAN CULTURE: New releases
Here are five titles that put the lie to the notion that criticism is a dying art.
Corn Flakes With
And Other Tales from
a Rock 'n' Roll Life
Rodale: 280 pp., $24.99
| Dec 6, 2009
In my favorite panel of R. Sikoryak's "Masterpiece Comics" (Drawn & Quarterly: 66 pp., $19.95), Superman -- recast as Meursault, the protagonist of Albert Camus' 1942 novel "The Stranger" -- attacks a priest in his jail cell while crying out: "Don't waste...
| Jul 11, 2010
Carlos Monsiváis wasn't a "pundit," although he spoke and wrote with biting irony and insight about politics. He wasn't a "talking head" either, although he regularly appeared on TV shows in his native Mexico to offer erudite yet unstuffy thoughts about...
| Jun 14, 2009
A Life of Ignazio Silone
Stanislao G. Pugliese
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 426 pp., $35
"Fontamara" and "Bread and Wine," Ignazio Silone's passionate novels of peasant life and political awakening, are iconic works for anyone who...
| Jul 30, 2009
| 12:05 PM
Today's topic: Biologist Stephen J. Gould famously observed that religion and science deal with different but compatible realities. Was he correct?
A god definable by science is no god Point: Michael Shermer
Cartoonist Sidney Harris once illustrated...
| May 2, 2011
Argentine writer presided over probe of rulers
Argentine writer Ernesto Sabato, 99, a widely admired intellectual who presided over a probe into the crimes committed by the nation's military rulers, died Saturday of complications from...