| Jun 2, 2013
Thomas Keneally has always been a novelist who writes and lives in the big sweep of epic history.
He took on the end of the First World War in "Gossip From the Forest," the U.S. Civil War in "Confederates," and the Eritrean War of Independence in "To...
| May 31, 2013
| 2:36 PM
Anti-Semitism is on the rise throughout the world, according to a report by the State Department, which is taking the increase so seriously it's appointing a special envoy to monitor the rise.
The increase was revealed in the department's annual...
| May 23, 2013
| 11:43 AM
History is for old fogeys, right? Well, then, what are all these young people doing volunteering at the Washington County Historical Society? And, why are high and middle school students engaged with in-depth historical research projects?
| May 24, 2013
| 12:24 PM
Were early Christians really persecuted for their beliefs? The popular image is of them being thrown to the lions and having to meet in secret, but an author is challenging what she calls the "myth" of Christian persecution.
Candida Moss, who is...
| May 25, 2013
| 11:36 AM
The intersection of visual art and language in a graphic novel tilts the reading experience. The reader has no choice but to slide into the author's more specifically defined — and designed — world. The hallmarks of great literature are the...
| May 25, 2013
| 4:30 PM
Demanding and deeply rewarding, "The Last of the Unjust" finds veteran documentarian Claude Lanzmann turning for the fourth time to outtakes from his monumental "Shoah"; here, he draws extensively from filmed interviews with Benjamin Murmelstein, the last...
| May 17, 2013
| 1:01 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida's legislative budget-writers went bombastic this week when a business-backed group suggested that with the help of surplus taxpayer cash they had spread more pork throughout the $74.5 billion state budget.
| May 19, 2013
| 3:00 AM
CANNES, France -- Few independent directors have won as many plaudits for their visual inventiveness as Ari Folman. Five years ago, the Israeli first-timer came to Cannes and caught the film world’s attention with his combat piece “Waltz...
| Jun 24, 2013
| 7:14 AM
A sensational upcoming British spy memoir of World War II is replete with derring-do worthy of “Inglourious Basterds”: battlefield bravado, concentration camp horrors, and cameos by J. Robert Oppenheimer and James Bond creator Ian Fleming....
| Apr 5, 2013
| 6:55 PM
More than half a century ago, Howard and Esther Kaidanow met on a blind date in Philadelphia, both having traveled long and dangerous roads to survive the Nazi depredations of World War II in Eastern Europe.
On Friday night, Howard, 83, and Esther, 77,...
| Mar 31, 2013
| 9:43 AM
There is nothing especially frightening about Room 350 at the Standard Hotel on the Sunset Strip. It overlooks the pool, with colorful mod décor pleasantly bathed in bright window light. Inside, documentary filmmaker Rodney Ascher is prepared to discuss...
| Mar 19, 2013
| 6:49 PM
FERRARA, Italy — Venice's Jewish ghetto is better known, perhaps, but by no means was it the only one in Italy. In the mid-1500s, Ferrara had become a haven for Jews fleeing hostility elsewhere in Europe. The Este dynasty invited Jews here and...