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  • Goldberg: The false modesty of 'nerds'

    Goldberg: The false modesty of 'nerds'
    Washington is full of nerds. I know. I speak nerd, not fluently mind you, at least not anymore. But I certainly know more than a few phrases memorized from a Berlitz nerd-to-English phrase book. I can talk Dungeons & Dragons (both D&D and AD&D). I know about the Golden Age of Comics (as in comic books -- if you thought that was a reference to Bob Newhart's heyday, subtract 20 nerd points right there).
  • Paul Kurtz dies at 86; secular humanist philosopher

    Paul Kurtz dies at 86; secular humanist philosopher
    Philosopher Paul Kurtz was called many unflattering names during his long career, including "Satanic free-thinker" and "dangerous corrupter of young minds." But the name some of his critics considered most damning was the one he most prized. They called...

    Jewish legend sets stage for superheroes in ‘The Thirty Six’

     
    According to ancient Jewish mysticism, there are 36 people, called lamed-vavniks, who are divinely chosen to save the world. This ...

    Jeff Lemire on ‘street-level’ Green Arrow, superhero inspiration

     
    Superheroes were never in Jeff Lemire’s plans. The Canadian cartoonist read DC and Marvel comics as a boy, but when ...

    PASSINGS: Glenn Shadix, Lucius Walker, LeRoy A. Beavers Jr., Mike Edwards, Larry Ashmead, Corneille

    PASSINGS: Glenn Shadix, Lucius Walker, LeRoy A. Beavers Jr., Mike Edwards, Larry Ashmead, Corneille
    Glenn Shadix Character actor worked with Tim Burton Glenn Shadix, 58, a character actor best remembered for his portrayal of the portly, pretentious interior designer Otho in director Tim Burton's 1988 ghost comedy "Beetlejuice," died Tuesday at his...