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  • Where did Mexicans come from?

    You've heard the old saw: You can't get to where you're going unless you know where you've been.
  • Nobel laureates in literature: the good, the bad and the Nazi

     
    When the Nobel Prize in literature was announced this month, the name "Herta Muller" met much American head-scratching. Muller, an ethnically German Romanian who writes of trials of living under a repressive dictatorship, has a strong reputation in Europe...

    Getty Villa's theater series to feature Aztecs, vengeance, warfare, love -- and singing frogs

     
    Spousal self-sacrifice, spousal murder followed by filial revenge, the fateful clash of empires, revisionist mythmaking — the Getty Villa’s 2010 theater season won’t lack for weighty matter. And, with L.A.’s Troubadour Theater Company applying its...

    Monster Mash: A new Pompidou Centre; SFMOMA narrows architects list; actor's mistaken identity

     
    -- Form over function? Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines' design for the new Pompidou Centre in the eastern French city of Metz may overshadow the Picassos, Dalis and Warhols displayed inside. (Associated Press) -- Winning performance: Actor Ian McKellen,....

    On Mexico's Carlos Monsivais: 1938-2010

     
    Monsiváis was a journalist, a critic, a cinephile, a collector of historical and pop ephemera (which led eventually to the founding of a museum), and a tireless activist for human rights, indigenous rights, and gay rights. In hundreds of articles and...