| Dec 30, 2009
David Levine, an artist whose witty caricatures illustrated the New York Review of Books for more than 40 years, has died. He was 83.
Levine died Tuesday at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan of prostate cancer and complications from other...
| Jan 17, 2010
36 Arguments for
the Existence of God
A Work of Fiction
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
Pantheon: 402 pp., $27.95
The night I began reading Rebecca Newberger Goldstein's "36 Arguments for the Existence of God," I didn't get far before I fell asleep....
| Jun 20, 2010
At one time, Los Angeles was Weimar on the Pacific: Numerous German-speaking émigrés put their stamp on the city to which they'd fled.
What with directors such as Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch, writers such as Thomas Mann and Bertolt Brecht, and...
| Jan 20, 2010
Garry Wills is a formidable Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, one of America's leading public intellectuals and, over the last 50 years, our most important lay Catholic thinker and writer.
In his 28th book, "Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the...
| Jun 9, 2010
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Albert Einstein once described his theory of relativity by saying: "When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute and it's longer than any hour."
Now comes automotive proof. There is...
| May 16, 2010
The Eyes of Willie McGee
A Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in the Jim Crow South
Harper: 404 pp., $26.99
In Jim Crow's dark closet, countless skeletons lie moldering and forgotten. For every "cold case" prosecution that brings a doddering...
| Nov 28, 2010
It's hard to imagine that the reading of picture books could be controversial, but this fall saw a considerable kerfuffle over a story in the New York Times that declared picture books to be in decline. In the midst of a perfectly respectable news story...
| Dec 5, 2010
"Oh sleep! It is a gentle thing, beloved from pole to pole," British poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." And, I might add, place to place. There's something special about bedding down where Albert Einstein, Marilyn...
| Aug 8, 2010
Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality
W.W. Norton, 448 pp.; $27.95
If thinking about the quantum theory doesn't make you schwindlig (dizzy), then you haven't understood it, Niels Bohr, its great...
| May 9, 2011
When it comes to mealtime, I usually don't pay much attention to calories. I eat until I'm full, and then I stop. Briefly. But I can report that a recent breakfast — a bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats, frozen blueberries and skim milk along with a...
| May 19, 2011
Willard S. Boyle, who shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in physics for the invention of the revolutionary imaging device that is at the heart of digital cameras of all descriptions, died May 7 at a hospital in his home town of Wallace, Canada. He was 86 and had...