| Aug 8, 2010
Tony Judt, a leading historian of postwar Europe and outspoken political essayist who also wrote movingly about his struggle with Lou Gehrig's disease, has died. He was 62.
Judt, who was a history professor at New York University, died Friday at his home...
| Jan 20, 2010
Erich Segal, a Yale University classics professor whose first novel, the weepy "Love Story," became a pop-culture phenomenon, selling more than 20 million copies in three dozen languages and spawning an iconic catchphrase of the 1970s, died Sunday in...
| Jul 18, 2010
Henry Clay Frick, J. Pierpont Morgan, Louisine and Henry O. Havemeyer in New York; J. Paul Getty, Norton Simon, Arabella and Henry E. Huntington in Los Angeles; Andrew W. Mellon in Washington, D.C.; Claribel and Etta Cone in Baltimore. Big names in the...
| Dec 12, 2009
With his plus-four knickers, button nose and "squiff" hairdo, Tintin ranks as one of the most recognizable and best-loved characters in comics. However, his creator, Georges "Hergé" Remi (1907-83), remains "an elusive figure," as Pierre Assouline notes in...
| Dec 14, 2009
The folks on your shopping list are likely an eclectic mix, with various interests and opinions and points of view. But all of them have some interest in some aspect of health -- if not their own, certainly a loved one's. By no small coincidence, the...
| Dec 13, 2009
Stephen E. Toulmin, a British-born philosopher and retired USC professor who created a model for evaluating the practical arguments that arise from daily life during a six-decade career that brought him prominence in several fields, has died. He was 87....
| Jan 20, 2010
OXFORD, England -- Cue the college choir. Roll the "Brideshead Revisited" footage. Lay out the strawberries and clotted cream.
And let me begin by saying, ahem, that it's a rich experience, reflecting upon one's days at Oxford. The morning sun through...
| Feb 7, 2010
Michael Ordoña's recent talk, on The Times' blog Hero Complex, with actor Paul Bettany about his role as Michael the archangel in the movie "Legion" touches on all the militaristic imagery of angels. There's also plenty of that in a gorgeous coffee...
| Apr 10, 2011
Sometimes inspiration comes in the unlikeliest places.
While vacationing in Puerto Vallarta in fall 2008, USC professor Deborah Harkness, a historian of science, was consumed with the upcoming bicentenary of Charles Darwin's birth, but the rest of the...
| Nov 5, 2010
Where Good Ideas Come From
The Natural History of Innovation
Riverhead: 326 pp., $26.95
Steven Johnson's "Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation" is misnamed. Natural history was pioneered by 18th century...
| Nov 14, 2010
For a man preoccupied with all things Tolkien, his name appeared invented: Glen Howard GoodKnight II. But it was authentic, down to the unexpected capital "K" that stands sentry like a castle in Middle-earth.
In 1967, he was a history major at Cal...