| Dec 20, 2008
Conor Cruise O'Brien, a leading Irish author, politician and diplomat who rose to international prominence while leading a United Nations mission in the troubled Congo and remained an independent, often contrarian thinker amid religious strife of his...
| Dec 22, 2008
To understand how angry and disappointed many Democrats are that Barack Obama has invited evangelical preacher Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inaugural, imagine if a President-elect John McCain had offered this unique honor to the Rev. Al...
| Jan 14, 2009
At some point, there's a large and interesting essay to be written on why so much of the most interesting new English-language fiction comes to us from Indian and Irish writers.
When it is, there ought to be a substantial section devoted to Patrick...
| Aug 30, 2008
American voters on Friday began learning about Sarah Palin. But the selection of an obscure Alaska governor as the Republican vice presidential nominee also offers clues about the leadership style of the man who placed her on the ticket.
| Sep 26, 2008
After John McCain selected Sarah Palin as his vice presidential nominee last month, Steve Cosson, the 40-year-old artistic director of the New York-based theatrical troupe the Civilians, was intrigued by some of the explosive commentary revolving around...
| Sep 30, 2008
When a trendy young theater company announces that its next subject is going to be the explosion of the evangelical Christian movement, snarky parody is a natural expectation. What's surprising about "This Beautiful City," a diverting if curiously earnest...
| Apr 13, 2008
HELMUT Lachenmann's work is very strange, even by contemporary standards. This preeminent German composer shapes what are essentially noises -- taps, scrapes and rustlings, though made largely by conventional instruments -- into beautiful, even spiritual,...
| Apr 18, 2008
Today, Shermer and Lukianoff finish their Dust-Up with a discussion on lifetime tenure for professors. Previously, they discussed allegations of instructor bias in classrooms, whether it's proper for schools to set limits on the expression of their...
| Apr 26, 2008
Not long after he became the presumed Republican nominee, John McCain flew to New Orleans to face a skeptical audience -- conservative leaders of the Council for National Policy.
A questioner zeroed in on a topic McCain rarely addresses on the campaign...
| Jun 8, 2008
Skyscrapers of the Midwest
Joshua W. Cotter
AdHouse Books: 282 pp., $19.95
"Skyscrapers of the Midwest," long awaited by fans on the indie comic circuit, is a collection of floppies (comic-speak for comic books) that Joshua W. Cotter eked out over...
| Jun 29, 2008
I had been trying to learn Mandarin at Beijing Language and Culture University and still had about 3,500 Chinese characters to memorize with two months left in the semester. It was going slowly and, often, not well. So, taking a note...