| Jul 31, 2011
The Rev. John Stott did not fill stadiums with the faithful like his longtime friend, Billy Graham, or give the invocation at a presidential inauguration, as megachurch pastor Rick Warren did for Barack Obama. Yet he was a giant of the evangelical world...
| Aug 8, 2010
— It's tempting to call Bramwell Tovey the Noel Coward of conductors.
In the past decade the native Brit has become renowned for his droll and witty remarks from concert stages.
In June, as host of the New York Philharmonic Summertime Classics...
| Sep 16, 2010
Edwin Newman, known to several generations of television viewers as the dry-witted NBC reporter and commentator who covered coronations and assassinations and wrote two bestselling books on Americans' mangling of the English language, has died. He was 91....
| Jan 26, 2012
Once heralded as the greatest British actor of his generation, Nicol Williamson was also a legend for stormy onstage behavior that included calling off a performance of "Hamlet" mid-speech because he was too tired to go on.
"I'll pay for the seats," he...
| Sep 12, 2010
Tucked in the back of a lush garden exploding with flowers, Cornelia Funke's study is a wonderland of books. Her desk is cluttered with tomes about fairy tales, which are stacked next to those about mining, alongside travel guides for Spain, France and...
| Aug 1, 2010
The World That Never Was
A True Story of Dreamers, Schemers, Anarchists and Secret Agents
Pantheon: 496 pp., $30
For more than 100 years, anarchism has been an embarrassing stepdaughter in the family of international radicalism, the...
| Oct 30, 2010
Julian Treslove is having an identity crisis. He's not sure where he stands on circumcision, on Israel and Palestine, on Holocaust memorials, on pretty much every aspect of Jewish culture in contemporary London. But the real problem with Julian's identity...
| Oct 3, 2010
An occasional look at classic reissues…
The Tree by John Fowles with a new introduction by Barry Lopez (Ecco: 94 pp., $13.99 paper) "The key to my fiction," wrote Fowles in 1979 when this essay was first published, "lies in my...
| Sep 23, 2010
Eileen Nearne, a reclusive World War II heroine who operated as an undercover radio transmitter in France during the D-day invasion, helping coordinate the Allied war effort until she was caught by the Gestapo, died Sept. 2 of a heart attack at her home...
| Sep 12, 2010
"A Woman's Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot" by Mary Walton (Palgrave/Macmillan: 284 pp., $28.)
Alice Paul was a warrior for women's suffrage. A Quaker from New Jersey, she went to Swarthmore, the college her maternal grandfather...
| Nov 14, 2010
Channel-surf almost any night of the week in Britain and chances are you'll come across a gruesome crime drama featuring a dark and tortured soul whose brutal, morally repellent deeds make you recoil in horror.
And that's just the detective.