| Feb 9, 2011
| 11:40 AM
I often receive notes from readers asking for perspective regarding life’s perplexities. I’m taken aback that I would get such inquiries, and that some of you think of me as some sort of shaman. I’m just a street kid from the Bronx. What...
| Jan 6, 2012
| 10:53 PM
Question: First, I'd like to tell you how much I love your column. I look forward to it every week. I can hardly wait until lunch to read it. I love your open-mindedness and appreciate your humor.
Now, for the topic at hand: In 2007, I was at church...
| Mar 7, 2012
| 7:29 PM
Our daughters, Sabine and Simone, were riveted to the television. As each starlet walked the red carpet on Oscar Night we were breathless, watching the beautiful gowns worn by the gorgeous women of Hollywood.
We sat waiting to learn the origins of...
| Mar 25, 2012
| 6:54 PM
It's impossible to measure how many lives John Arnold touched, or how many people he reached out to, or how much food he put on the tables of hungry families.
The former executive director of Feeding America died Sunday after a six-year battle with...
| Jul 12, 2008
It all sounds so familiar: a foreign war, an unpopular president, high-minded vows to spread democracy abroad and a dubious law to restrict liberties at home. Add to that scenario vast inequalities in wealth, high Immigration rates, scant regard for...
| Nov 29, 2009
The Boy Who
Harnessed the Wind
and Bryan Mealer
William Morrow: 348 pp., $25.99
William Kamkwamba grew up in Malawi, the son of a maize and tobacco farmer. Their house had no electricity or plumbing. In William's village, high costs...
| Mar 28, 2010
The Shaking Woman
Or a History of My Nerves
Henry Holt: 224 pp., $23
The shaking began 2 1/2 years after her father died. Siri Hustvedt was giving a talk at the university where he taught in the town in which she had spent a piece of her...
| Aug 9, 2009
Where do you begin with Michael Moorcock? His career and background range as far and wide as his characters do across the multiverse. Novelist, short story writer, editor (of New Worlds and other publications), journalist, musician -- and, in the case...
| Aug 9, 2009
Sometime late last year -- I don't remember when, exactly -- I noticed I was having trouble sitting down to read. That's a problem if you do what I do, but it's an even bigger problem if you're the kind of person I am. Since I discovered reading, I've...
| Jan 3, 2010
Bill Powell, the first African American to build, own and operate a golf course, died Thursday at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio, following complications from a stroke. He was 93.
"Bill Powell will forever be one of golf's most unforgettable American...
| Jan 11, 2009
FOR THE RECORD:
Evolutionist: In the Calendar section on Jan. 11, a photo caption with the review of the book "Banquet at Delmonico's" mentioned Charles Darwin and his fellow evolutionist, Herbert Spencer, but did not make clear...
| May 16, 2010
Soho: 350 pp., $25
Although the film "The Hurt Locker" earned the industry's highest awards, some critics said that the movie was so riddled with inaccuracies that it could not be taken seriously. The film's...