| Jul 7, 2014
| 8:18 PM
With the U.S. out of the World Cup, you may be wondering "what's in it for us?" in this week's semifinals. There's plenty, I can assure you.
A new patriotism
If you knew the U.S. had a shot to win gold in curling in the next Winter Olympics, you'd...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 4:20 PM
Someone tell Levick that Nigeria is, you might say, complicated. Nigeria’s Twittersphere erupted Thursday under the hashtag #SomeoneTellLevick over a government contract signed with U.S. public relations firm Levick last month — reportedly for...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 1:25 PM
I totally understand that all women have the right to choose to kill their unborn babies, and since it's a fundamental right, women have the right to demand someone else pay for it, like their boss. Here is where I get confused. All Americans have a...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 1:10 PM
A college dropout accused of gunning down his parents in February as they slept in their San Juan Capistrano mansion became a suspect in the double homicide only after authorities unearthed clues on his cellphone, according to a just-released grand jury...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 1:30 PM
In 1954, Bill Haley shook, rattled and rolled. In 2003, Beyoncé went crazy in love. That's two pop stars, among the biggest of their time, using similar language (and similar grooves) to describe more or less the same thing.
But think of all that...
| Jul 11, 2014
| 10:43 AM
Could comedian Henry Phillips be the next Emeril Lagasse? Nope. Not in anyone's lifetime. But this new video of him making baked spaghetti is amazing.
"I've found that if you have a really good saute pan, you really don't need someone to share your...
| Jul 11, 2014
| 12:25 PM
Roman Polanski's adaptation of David Ives's play "Venus in Fur" — itself a sort of meta-adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's 1870 short novella (whose title is usually translated as "Venus in Furs") — is, among other things, a...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 11:37 AM
This city appears to be the epicenter of a global epidemic.
Instead of carving hearts into trees, couples are expressing eternal love by hanging "love locks" on bridges, fences and gates. Often the metal padlocks inscribed with names or initials are...
| Jul 4, 2014
"What is the opposite of memory?" asks a character near the end of Rebecca Makkai's second novel, "The Hundred-Year House." "What is the inverse of an echo?" Fate, of course, is the answer; history spelled backward, with the causality swapped to make past...
| Jun 14, 2014
| 5:36 PM
All through high school, Ani Schug was told to steer clear of Wikipedia. Her teachers talked about the popular online encyclopedia "as if it wasn't serious or trustworthy" and suggested it only be used as a tip sheet.
Imagine her surprise this spring...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 8:13 PM
It took goalkeeper Tim Howard years to become an overnight sensation, so he wasn't overwhelmed by the effusive praise he received for his acrobatic performance Tuesday in the U.S. World Cup team's round-of-16 loss to Belgium.
"I just keep my feet on the...