| Apr 11, 2010
They sit for long hours on sturdy, unforgiving chairs, wearing stoic expressions and sensible shoes. Beside them, on vividly colored walls, hang the art treasures of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and the Pushkin in Moscow. These babushkas are museum...
| Aug 9, 2010
| 9:59 AM
"There has to be a compelling reason these days for someone to decide to pick up a smelly book," says satirist Gary Shteyngart, the 38-year-old author whose novel "Super Sad True Love Story," a dystopian romance, has earned critical raves.
| Feb 13, 2011
I tell Valentina it's my first time in a banya and that I've forgotten to bring birch branches. "Oh, I'll flog you with mine," she says, offering typical Russian hospitality.
She begins whacking my back as we sit on long wood benches in the parilka...
| Feb 13, 2011
THE BEST WAY TO ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
From LAX, connecting service (change of plane) to St. Petersburg is offered on KLM, Lufthansa and Aeroflot. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $490.
To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011...
| Sep 19, 2011
Kurt Sanderling, who led the Leningrad Philharmonic and the East Berlin Symphony Orchestra under Soviet rule and won admirers in the West later in his career as a guest conductor for orchestras in London, Los Angeles and elsewhere, has died. He was 98....
| Jun 20, 2011
Reporting from Moscow -- Yelena Bonner, human rights activist and widow of Soviet dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Andrei Sakharov, has died. She was 88.
Bonner died Saturday afternoon in Boston after a long illness, said her daughter, Tatiana...
| Jul 24, 2011
| 3:36 PM
"My weapon was my language," World War II Marine veteran Joe Morris Sr. told a crowd of nearly 200 in a San Bernardino park on Veterans Day in 2004. "We saved a lot of lives."
Morris, one of the Navajo code talkers whose use of their native language in...
| May 3, 2009
The Pompidou Center is a magnet for students, tourists and arts aficionados in central Paris, housing the National Museum of Modern Art, a public library and performance spaces in an inside-out building with mechanical systems encased in giant red, blue...
| Dec 10, 2008
| 11:17 AM
"He drank a lot," Ned Rorem says of Leonard Bernstein in a new 11-part radio documentary that has begun airing weekly around the country and starts tonight at 7 on KMZT-FM. "I remember he even drank for breakfast. That impressed me."
| May 4, 2008
Women, let's walk
Strap on your walking shoes. An 11-day trip that caters to the female traveler devotes a full day to wandering the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven and another full day to hiking the Great Wall. Also on the agenda: a...
| May 11, 2008
City of Thieves
Viking: 260 pp., $24.95
DAVID BENIOFF'S second novel (after "The 25th Hour," which Spike Lee directed for the screen) features a snappy plot, a buoyant friendship, a quirky courtship, an assortment of menacing bad...