| Dec 30, 2009
| 4:24 PM
by Mark Silva These aren't groundswell numbers, fractions really: But by a mere percentage point, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton edges out former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as "most admired woman'' in the eyes of the American public. It's Clinton...
| Oct 21, 2011
| 8:52 AM
A good anthology is like a dartboard in a crowded bar on a Saturday night. Everybody lines up to take their best shot. Everybody wants the chance to squint, aim and let fly.
The more august and monumental and definitive-seeming the anthology —...
| Jun 1, 2014
| 1:27 PM
I cannot recall in what grade I was when the teacher put "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" on the required reading list. But I'll never forget how I felt after finishing it.
In reading Maya Angelou's first memoir, I felt something of a...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 3:05 PM
Ruby Dee packed a lot of power in a tiny package. Barely topping 5 feet, 2 inches, she nevertheless loomed large.
Still, there was a softness alongside the steel, a smile gracing her face more often than a frown. There was a kindness in her eyes, a...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 7:53 PM
I have an unfamiliar refrigerator in my familiar kitchen. It's sleek, shiny and smudge-proof.
So why am I missing my old one, a clunky, black, last-century model, its drawers and shelves held together with duct tape and Super Glue?
The ice maker hadn'...