| Mar 28, 2010
| 7:43 PM
Lady Gaga -- still on her world tour -- tweeted a provocative -- on many levels -- birthday (she turned 24 on Sunday, March 28) message for her "little monsters."
The major buzz is that the photo looks like she might be topless. Wow, how shocking! But...
| May 31, 2009
and Sorrows of Work
Alain de Botton
Pantheon: 328 pp. $26
Alain de Botton knows something about work. He's written books on travel, on architecture, on philosophy, on love, on literature -- nine altogether, at a clip of one every 22...
| Jun 22, 2009
I know a new family-friendly show is doing its job if my kids beg me to play the pilot when their friends are over. So ABC Family, if the numbers for tonight's premiere of “Make It or Break It” are not sky high, well, half the kids in my...
| Sep 24, 2009
| 12:41 PM
Richie Richter who grew up in what was then Karl Marx Stadt, East Germany, works as a night clerk in Switzerland and dreams only of getting back to Canada.
Richie is a robust man with spiking sandy-brown hair. Alone each night, he tends the darkened...
| Mar 8, 2009
Stocks have crashed, industry is shuddering and banks are failing. The restless unemployed will soon fill the streets. Yet in San Francisco, some crazed optimist in the Pacific Stock Exchange Tower has hired Diego Rivera to decorate a private club for...
| Oct 7, 2010
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public life this week published a short, 15-question religion quiz. The quiz is a shorter version of the "3,412 sampled adults who were asked these and other questions in the U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey." The poll was...
| Nov 11, 2010
David Hartman, a Jerusalem-based rabbi and philosopher, recently sat down for an interview with CNN's Izzy Lemberg. In the interview, Hartman wonders whether religion is really helpful to the human condition. "There's a whole bunch of myths that religions...
| Nov 14, 2010
In his songs, Randy Newman has invented enough characters to stock a season's worth of Broadway musicals. Regretful lovers. Scared school boys. Unreconstructed rednecks. Blissfully smug Angelenos. An oddly contemporary Karl Marx. And, of course, short...
| Aug 1, 2010
The World That Never Was
A True Story of Dreamers, Schemers, Anarchists and Secret Agents
Pantheon: 496 pp., $30
For more than 100 years, anarchism has been an embarrassing stepdaughter in the family of international radicalism, the...
| Aug 7, 2010
The northern suburbs have a reputation as a refuge from crime, and that's often true. But in 1934, the body of famed outlaw "Baby Face" Nelson was found in what is now Skokie. Here are some other facts that may be surprising about our northern neighbors:...
| Feb 7, 2010
Among the copious anecdotes that Leon Botstein likes to relate about Richard Wagner and his ugly anti-Jewish views is an ironic one involving Zionist Movement founder Theodor Herzl.
FOR THE RECORD:
Wagner and the Ring Festival: An...