| Mar 15, 2009
Louis Prima and Keely Smith are struggling to save a marriage. If their relationship goes down in flames, so too might their lucrative lounge act. They have joined forces to become a Las Vegas sensation, but the emotions they tunefully profess in front of...
| Jul 19, 2009
Two years ago, I was invited to give a reading from my novel at a university in Ifrane, in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. One of my cousins immediately suggested I hire a driver to get there, but I laughed off his suggestion. I can drive myself! I'm...
| Apr 28, 2007
At Coachella, it's not the size of the tent you're performing in, but the size of the crowd trying to fit into it. And on Friday evening, the huge crowd that gathered to hear British soul singer Amy Winehouse sing her messed-up-in-love songs completely...
| Apr 11, 2009
David W. Scott, an artist and art historian who served as founding director of the National Museum of American Art, played a key role in expanding the National Gallery of Art and shepherded the Corcoran Gallery of Art through a difficult time after a...
| Sep 27, 2009
J.M.G. Le Clézio, translated from the French by C. Dickson
Verba Mundi/David R. Godine: 352 pp., $25.95
When Horace Engdahl, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, criticized the American literary establishment for its...
| Apr 13, 2007
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One of the most dangerous scenes in the filming of "Sahara" involved a stunt man jumping off the backs of racing camels onto a moving train. The sequence was complicated by the refusal of the Malian mammals to run long distances.
"You have to keep...
| Aug 15, 2008
The tiny skeletal hand jutted from the sand as if beckoning the living to the long dead.
For thousands of years, it had waved unheeded in the most desolate section of the Sahara, surrounded by the bones of hippos, giraffes and other creatures typically...
| Dec 12, 2007
Two bombs that killed at least 26 people, including 11 United Nations workers, in the Algerian capital on Tuesday were orchestrated by a resurgent Al Qaeda-linked group seeking to overthrow North African governments, Algerian authorities said.
| Oct 28, 2009
I don't think I've ever met a clay cooking pot I didn't like . . . or want to own.
And I have more than 100 clay pots of every size in my kitchen to prove it: Moroccan tagines, Provençal daubieres, Spanish cazuelas, Italian bean pots, Turkish guvecs...
| Sep 23, 2008
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MAYBE THE evolution of the Israeli food scene over the last 25 years isn't the first thing that crosses your mind when you think about contemporary Israel. Maybe you're not even sure what Israeli cuisine is. But if it piques your interest, especially in...
| Nov 18, 2008
The desert is a war.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Cynthia Ramirez roared through it in an unmarked Land Cruiser, projecting the awesome might of the U.S. military into a wasteland little seen, much less penetrated, by outsiders. The landscape was like a slap...
| Feb 3, 2008
It was a surreal high-tech travel moment, sitting before my laptop in a Frankfurt hotel last week and speaking, via computer, to my friend Ahmed in Morocco.
I had dialed his cell phone using Skype, the cheap VOIP provider I always rely on while...