| Oct 21, 2010
What do coastlines, clouds, cauliflower and the stock market have in common?
Mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot may not have conceived the question, but he provided an answer — one that was compelling in its originality and startling in its usefulness...
| Aug 1, 2010
If clothes can tell a story, the mix of dresses, jewelry, boots, buttons, lace and beading at the West Hollywood boutique Clothespin add up to a novel of epic proportions.
First, there are the never-worn vintage fabrics from the 1940s, cut in 18...
| Jul 11, 2010
The Man Who Wrote 'Lord of the Flies': A Life
Free Press: 574 pp., $32.50
William Golding, the writer, has been a subject for study: reviews and critical essays, a bibliography and more than 100 books about the books....
| Mar 19, 2010
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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Friday named Ahmed Tayeb as the new head of Al Azhar, Sunni Islam's most influential institution, which includes a university and a research center. Tayeb has presided over Al Azhar's university since 2003 and will........
| Mar 13, 2010
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A moderate cleric is in line to assume a powerful post in the Sunni Muslim world. The sudden death of Sheik Mohammed Sayed Tantawi, the top cleric at Al Azhar in Cairo, on Wednesday has prompted instant speculation on who......
| Jan 31, 2010
When Grace McCann Morley became director of the San Francisco Museum of Art in 1935, she knew what she wanted to focus on: the art of her time. "If art of today is today overlooked or misunderstood, the loss is serious," she once wrote. "Art fails then to...
| Jan 28, 2010
Howard Zinn, a professor, author and social activist who inspired a generation on the American left and whose book "A People's History of the United States" sold more than 1 million copies and redefined the historical role of working-class people as...
| Jan 23, 2010
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The powerful waft of incense should have tipped us off, especially when paired with the awe-inspiring beauty of the second-floor ballroom at La Sorbonne, with its high, artwork-covered ceiling and ornate gilded fixtures evoking a sense of sacred place....
| Nov 4, 2009
Claude Levi-Strauss, the French philosopher widely considered the father of modern anthropology because of his then-revolutionary conclusion that so-called primitive societies did not differ greatly intellectually from modern ones, died Friday at his home...
| Aug 31, 2009
Barbara Lauwers Podoski, who launched one of the most successful psychological campaigns of World War II, which resulted in the surrender of more than 600 Czechoslovakian soldiers fighting for the Germans, died of cardiovascular disease Aug. 16 at the...
| Jul 24, 2009
Maurice Grimaud, who as Paris police chief played a key role in avoiding major bloodshed during France's student uprising in May 1968, has died. He was 95.
Grimaud died July 16, Paris police headquarters said; the cause of death was not specified. He was...