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Babylon & BeyondThe story of Malcolm is intriguing, and perhaps a bit puzzling. Why would a left-leaning young man from one of the world's most secular and liberal countries choose to become a pious Muslim? The 34-year old Swedish music teacher from......
Culture MonsterWhat is spelled out in the tangles of cut paper script in Linda Ekstromâs âNestleâ? What do the scattered letters add up to in the collaged âOpen Secretsâ? What poetry would unfurl from the embroidered silk scrolls Ekstrom has tucked......
Monster Mash: Robert De Niro establishes new art prize, Broadway's 'Book of Mormon' finds lead eldersCulture MonsterStar power: Robert De Niro has established a $25,000 annual prize for a U.S. painter in honor of his late artist father. (Bloomberg) Clean-cut: Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells have joined the cast of Broadway's "Book of Mormon," opening March......
Fathi Osman, an Egyptian American expert on Islam who was a forceful voice for modernism in the Muslim faith, died Saturday at his home in Montrose. He was 82. The cause was congestive heart failure, said his daughter, Ghada Osman, a professor of...
Associated PressNasr Abu Zayd, a prominent Egyptian scholar once accused of apostasy for his contemporary interpretation of Islam, died Monday at a Cairo hospital where he had been receiving treatment for a brain infection. He was 66. Abu Zayd came to the public eye...
L.A. NOWSomali pirates have hijacked the yacht of a couple with Southland connections on a worldwide voyage distributing Bibles, according to Somalia’s U.N. Mission....
I heard this anecdote somewhere: Though there were 10 people in his group (including himself and guides), a mountain climber counted 11 people as the climbing party made its ascent. At base camp, he counted again and found there were 10. Who was that 11th...
Tags: Death, Philosophy, Brain, Christopher Hitchens, Judaism
Jesus is everywhere. There are plenty of books about his presence in the holy scriptures of Christianity's sister faiths (in the Talmud, in the Koran) and about secret traditions brought to light by the Gnostic gospels. There are also plenty on more...
Tags: Mystery (genre), Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Passover
Brand XNew iPad: Apple (c/o Steve Jobs) is debuting its much anticipated iPad 2. It's supposed to have a smart cover, be thinner than an iPhone 4, feature a dual-core A5 chip and have cameras in the front and rear. Live blogging is occurring all over the web....
Speaker John Boehner sets the scene for this week's House vote on funding: A 'mortal' and 'moral threat'Top of the TicketOhio Republican sees no need to shut down government to "stop the spending binge."...
Jacket CopyBookstore of the Week: Portrait of a Bookstore in Studio City....
Jacket CopyJames Frey creates a bisexual hipster Jesus in his next book, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible....
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