| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
"Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore." -- Andre Gide, Nobel Prize-winning author
It may be a sign of maturity -- or more likely a symptom of sheer exhaustion -- that I've limited myself to one New Year's...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 4:13 PM
(This letter appeared in the Tribune on Dec. 19, 2013. It was the last of the more than 40 letters William R. Cahill had published by the newspaper. Mr. Cahill died on Jan. 24 at his Wheaton home.)
A lifetime of Christmases
I think of the Depression...
| 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,...
| 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...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 11:56 PM
Scientists staring at the faint afterglow from the universe's birth 13.8 billion years ago have discovered the first direct evidence for the theory of cosmic inflation — the mysterious and violent expansion after the big bang.
The findings, made...
| Nov 10, 2013
Robert Oppenheimer, the so-called father of the atomic bomb and one of the most brilliant physicists never to have won a Nobel Prize, has inspired legions of biographers and memoirists. And for good reason: He was a polymath of enormous gifts and charm....
| Dec 13, 2013
| 6:13 PM
BAGAN, Myanmar — Mr. Aye has a round, aged face and a wide, betel-nut-stained smile. Like many Burmese, he punctuates his speech with giggling, which can be alarming to a Westerner.
"Just three years ago, hehehe," he says, "if I'd been seen...
| Feb 14, 2014
I dreaded reading "All Joy and No Fun."
Jennifer Senior's new book has the patina — and the subtitle, "The Paradox of Modern Parenthood" — of yet another polemic against the parenting culture as we know it.
We are a nation of Tiger Moms...
| Feb 21, 2014
Malcolm Cowley was one of the most important (and easily the most omnipresent) literary figures of the past century. Over a career that spanned eight decades (or, roughly speaking, from the Wilson to the Reagan administrations), he encouraged, befriended,...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 8:13 AM
Haruki Murakami’s next novel will be published in the United States on Aug. 12, A.A. Knopf announced Tuesday.
“Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage,” sold more than 1 million copies the first week of its release in...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 1:32 PM
Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who has used high-strength cardboard tubes to make temporary housing for victims of natural disasters and refugees fleeing conflicts, on Monday was named the 2014 winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the field's...