| Jun 12, 2010
| 4:32 PM
Here's another piece in the puzzle of a mysterious Middle East assassination in January that continues to reverberate around the world. The website of the German magazine Der Spiegel reported (in German) on Saturday that Polish authorities, at the...
| Dec 26, 2010
Growing a Farmer
How I Learned to Live Off the Land
W.W. Norton: 309 pp., $24.95
I consider myself a bit of an expert in this arena, having grown up and lived exclusively in big cities, all the while dreaming about becoming a...
| Dec 25, 2011
The novels of Richard Zimler shine compelling light on overlooked aspects of history — and along the way they provide plenty of myth and lore to delight any student of esoterica. "The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon" (2000), for instance, describes the...
| May 22, 2011
Act of Passion
New York Review Books: $14.95 paper
Though successful at his work and family life, a doctor grows dissatisfied and restless and thinks a casual affair is the perfect answer—until the consequences are far...
| May 24, 2009
The Winter Vault
Alfred A. Knopf: 342 pp., $25
We regularly hear that progress entails loss. We come across it ourselves every time smog blurs the skyline or the computers we don't really command crash -- something typewriters...
| Feb 8, 2009
People always ask me how I decide where to go.
I read, I see movies, I stare at maps, I dream.
And in doing so, I arrived at these 10 places that are tops on my list for 2009. Some are old favorites that are newly affordable. Others have a special...
| Feb 22, 2009
Who Will Write Our
Rediscovering a Hidden Archive From the Warsaw Ghetto
Samuel D. Kassow
Vintage: 524 pp., $16.95 paper
Emanuel Ringelblum was an inveterate optimist who, in 1930s Warsaw, believed that Polish Jewry had a future. Neither...
| Aug 21, 2008
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signed a missile defense deal with Poland on Wednesday and predicted that future presidents would not undo the controversial program.
Speaking to reporters, Rice said that though legally the pact could be voided by a...
| Oct 3, 2009
Marek Edelman, the last surviving leader of the ill-fated 1943 Warsaw ghetto revolt against the Nazis, died Friday in Warsaw. He was 90.
Edelman died of old age at the family home of his friend Paula Sawicka, where he had lived for the last two years....
| Jul 21, 2009
Leszek Kolakowski, an exiled Polish philosopher who turned against his Marxist beliefs and became an intellectual leader of Poland's democracy movement, died Friday at a hospital in Oxford, England. He was 81.
The cause was "a sudden, short disease,"...
| Mar 1, 2009
My Two Polish
And Other Essays on the
Scribner: 228 pp., $25
Overrun by exhibitionists, the memoir has turned spuriously confessional. Yet if there's one life story that could stand a bit more self-...