| Sep 15, 2013
I would have liked to know what the drummer hoped and what she expected. We will never know why she decided to take a drum to the central markets of Paris on Oct. 5, 1789, and why, that day, the tinder was so ready to catch fire from the drumbeat's...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 11:51 AM
ROME -- Italy's high court Thursday upheld a conviction of tax fraud and a four-year prison sentence for former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, the first time that the media mogul and three-time premier has received a definitive conviction and...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
LONDON -- Georg Maas' "Two Lives" will represent Germany in the foreign-language film category of the Academy Awards.
The decision was made Tuesday in Munich by an independent jury, which was appointed by the national film org German Films.
| Feb 21, 2013
| 10:10 PM
In my life, I have watched a man walk on the moon, seen the fall of the Berlin Wall, and observed America twice elect a black man to the presidency.
In Hawaii in 1999, I saw a chicken cross the road, and several years ago on Highway 152 in Northern...
| Aug 13, 2012
| 9:16 AM
BERLIN - The indelible image of the former East German Olympic female swimmer: big, burly and unbeatable.
After the Berlin Wall fell, former swimming coaches confirmed that the freakishly masculine women had taken steroids under the Stasi-run sports...
| Dec 4, 2011
Christa Wolf, one of Germany's most celebrated writers for her depictions of life in the former communist East, but who was later damaged by revelations she collaborated with its secret police, has died. She was 82.
Wolf died Thursday in Berlin,...
| Jun 5, 2011
Lawrence S. Eagleburger, the wisecracking, chain-smoking diplomat who charmed both Republicans and Democrats, handled tense assignments during the first Persian Gulf War and rose up the ranks to become secretary of State toward the end of President George...
| Sep 21, 2011
| 2:42 PM
One day at the 1997 World Track and Field Championships in Athens, Greece, the Sunday Times of London writer David Walsh asked me if I were writing about doping in every story.
This was a few years before Walsh published two books about Lance Armstrong,...
| Aug 23, 2011
| 3:20 PM
These days, nuclear fears have been eclipsed by economic terrors. And, despite a brief recent rhetorical resurrection by Rep. Michele Bachmann, the Soviet Union is toast. And thus Lee Blessing's 1986 play "A Walk in the Woods," once a very timely two-...
| Sep 25, 2011
Much has been made this year about the behemoth baby boom generation reaching retirement age. But another significant milestone is slipping past a bit more quietly yet with noticeable impact.
The first wave of Gen-Xers has rounded 40, and they are...
| Oct 24, 2010
The Breaking of Eggs
Penguin: 342 pp., $15 paper
In his debut novel, "The Breaking of Eggs," British writer Jim Powell surveys an impressive breadth of time — and trains his focus on a small slice. The book's historical...