| Dec 22, 2013
It would be a mistake to think that the end of the Cold War also ended the threat posed by nuclear weapons. Nuclear-armed states continue to deploy huge arsenals of nuclear weapons, other states continue with their efforts to acquire nuclear weapons,...
| Sep 22, 2013
It's easy to grasp that in a national park, balance must be maintained between predators and prey, lest the ecosystem crash. But when we're talking about our own species, it gets harder. The notion that there are limits to how much humanity this...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 2:30 PM
Is adultery a kind of murder that causes ex-spouses and old lovers to be expunged from our lives, as if they'd never existed? Are novelists akin to rogue detectives or perhaps morticians, possessed with godlike powers: creating make-believe people,...
| Dec 26, 2013
Of all the notable year-end phenomena cited in this column and others, only one rose to the level of prominence and annoyance that I'd define as Biggest Conversational Irritant of 2013: the abuse and misuse of the word "humble."
Make that the entire...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 12:00 PM
Years ago, when he was publishing my first novel, Charles Scribner III told me a joke: "How do you make a small fortune in publishing?" The punch line: "Start with a large fortune."
The joke came to mind while reading "Hothouse," Boris Kachka's juicy...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 5:55 PM
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Nelson Mandela, who emerged from more than a quarter of a century in prison to steer a troubled African nation to its first multiracial democracy, uniting the country by reaching out to fearful whites and becoming a...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 2:12 PM
Twenty-three years ago, for barely 24 hours, Nelson Mandela visited Los Angeles.
It was 1990, and he had been a free man for only a handful of months, but he had been a symbol for years -- of endurance, of the black-and-white apartheid battle in South...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 9:41 AM
Pseudonyms have been in the air with the big news that J.K. Rowling published a crime novel, "The Cuckoo's Calling," under the name Robert Galbraith. But identity camouflage hasn’t worked as well for other writers.
Rowling weighed on “The...
| Aug 4, 2013
| 11:16 AM
Yemen's Nobel Peace Prize winner, Tawakul Karman, was turned away at Cairo's airport Sunday when she arrived with the intention of joining protests against the military coup that toppled President Mohamed Morsi.
According to various news accounts,...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 10:34 AM
CAIRO -- Egyptian Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, resigned Wednesday in protest over a crackdown by security forces that killed scores of supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and tipped the nation into...
| Aug 4, 2013
| 1:49 PM
CAIRO — After weeks of deadly clashes, Egypt’s military-backed government and supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi may be edging toward a compromise that could ease the latest unrest threatening the nation’s erratic path...