| Sep 17, 2011
Propelled by an increase in prescription narcotic overdoses, drug deaths now outnumber traffic fatalities in the United States, a Times analysis of government data has found.
Drugs exceeded motor vehicle accidents as a cause of death in 2009, killing...
| Apr 26, 2010
Parrot & Olivier in America
Alfred A. Knopf: 386 pp., $26.95
Come to think of it, America is one long picaresque novel. It takes an Australian-born novelist to remind us of this, mired as we are in the great project, democracy....
| May 17, 2010
The news that Delaware Atty. Gen. Beau Biden, age 41, recently suffered a mild stroke probably came as a surprise to many people, considering that the son of Vice President Joe Biden is relatively young, trim and in seemingly good health. It shouldn't...
| Mar 28, 2010
The Shaking Woman
Or a History of My Nerves
Henry Holt: 224 pp., $23
The shaking began 2 1/2 years after her father died. Siri Hustvedt was giving a talk at the university where he taught in the town in which she had spent a piece of her...
| Apr 21, 2011
— The private, videotaped performance of six songs from "Paper Airplane," released last Tuesday, has wrapped and the invited audience has left the main room at Oceanway Studios. Alison Krauss & Union Station are in the midst of the still-photo and...
| Nov 20, 2011
| 2:57 PM
Michele Bachmann goes after not only Democrats but also fellow Republicans in her new book, accusing former President George W. Bush and her GOP colleagues in Congress of failing to stay true to conservative, free-market principles when they supported the...
| Dec 5, 2011
| 3:00 PM
When you look at the calendar, the dizzying ride of the Cain Train basically lasted just over two months. It only felt much, much longer.
Herman Cain bolted into the national political conversation with his surprising win at a straw poll among Florida's...
| May 23, 2011
It can be hard to explain how your world looks to someone whose reality is very different. That's especially true for people with epilepsy and aura-filled migraines.
Increasingly, instead of struggling to explain with words, people with these illnesses...
| May 20, 2011
| 6:07 PM
Artist Katherine Sherwood was just 44 when a hemorrhage in her brain's left hemisphere paralyzed the right side of her body — forever changing her artwork.
Before the stroke in 1997, her mixed-media paintings featured strange and cryptic images:...
| Jun 5, 2011
To Be Sung Underwater
Little, Brown: 436 pp., $24.99
You can often tell where a musician has trained or with whom a painter has learned technique. In the case of the European masters, art historians looking at a particular work...
| Feb 11, 2008
Sure, orgasms can put a bounce in one's step, but some studies hint they might also be good for one's health.
* Heart: Lots of studies have looked at whether DHEA, a hormone released into the bloodstream during arousal and orgasm, helps keeps arteries...