| Jul 30, 2009
| 12:05 PM
Today's topic: Biologist Stephen J. Gould famously observed that religion and science deal with different but compatible realities. Was he correct?
A god definable by science is no god Point: Michael Shermer
Cartoonist Sidney Harris once illustrated...
| May 22, 2011
1974: Unhappy at summer camp, I holed up in my bunk and read Philip Roth's "Portnoy's Complaint" and Bernard Malamud's "The Natural." The camp might have been awful, but the books were anything but.
1980: In June, I attended a writers conference at UC...
| Jun 14, 2009
A Life of Ignazio Silone
Stanislao G. Pugliese
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 426 pp., $35
"Fontamara" and "Bread and Wine," Ignazio Silone's passionate novels of peasant life and political awakening, are iconic works for anyone who...
| Oct 4, 2009
CRITICISM IN AMERICAN CULTURE: New releases
Here are five titles that put the lie to the notion that criticism is a dying art.
Corn Flakes With
And Other Tales from
a Rock 'n' Roll Life
Rodale: 280 pp., $24.99
| Dec 6, 2009
In my favorite panel of R. Sikoryak's "Masterpiece Comics" (Drawn & Quarterly: 66 pp., $19.95), Superman -- recast as Meursault, the protagonist of Albert Camus' 1942 novel "The Stranger" -- attacks a priest in his jail cell while crying out: "Don't waste...
| Oct 22, 2010
| 10:33 PM
On the cover of his new book, Francisco Ayala is sticking a banana on a fork and asking: Am I a monkey? He asks five other straightforward questions about evolution — laying out for the general public the most commonly discussed topics surrounding...
| Jul 11, 2010
Carlos Monsiváis wasn't a "pundit," although he spoke and wrote with biting irony and insight about politics. He wasn't a "talking head" either, although he regularly appeared on TV shows in his native Mexico to offer erudite yet unstuffy thoughts about...
| Aug 15, 2010
Albert Cossery, translated from the French by Anna Moschovakis
NYRB Classics: 146 pp.,$14.95 paper
A Splendid Conspiracy
Albert Cossery, translated from the French by Alyson Waters
New Directions: 216 pp., $14.95 paper...
| May 2, 2011
Argentine writer presided over probe of rulers
Argentine writer Ernesto Sabato, 99, a widely admired intellectual who presided over a probe into the crimes committed by the nation's military rulers, died Saturday of complications from...
| Jan 15, 2011
By what measures do we assign "greatness" to artworks? The word of experts? Public acclaim? Monetary value? By these standards, Jan and Hubert van Eyck's "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb," also known as the Ghent Altarpiece, surely warrants a place in...
| Jul 27, 2009
by Mark Silva Leave it to Sarah Palin to bring out the best in us. Youbetcha. In the continuing interest of promoting that certain je ne sais quoi and suppressing the rhetorical equivalent of the head-butt, we're pleased this evening......