| May 15, 2014
| 6:00 AM
With a few exceptions, most graduation speeches are forgettable: Work hard. Chase your dreams. Don’t give up.
But the most forgettable graduation speech of all is the one that never happens, which seems to be happening more and more these days....
| May 18, 2014
"Oh, that my enemy would write a book," goes the old wish, coined by someone who knew there is no better way to expose fools than through their own words. It's an idea that deserves consideration from the college students and faculty unhappy with their...
| May 21, 2014
| 11:59 AM
It is the season for graduations and graduation speeches, most of which dissolve into the sunshine, remembered by no one, but particularly not the happy graduates.
That is changing. The season is now memorable for the speeches that are not given, the...
| May 25, 2014
| 3:00 AM
I've been thinking a lot about college lately. It's not as though it's staring me in the face, either. The oldest is finishing his freshman year in high school. The youngest is still in elementary school.
Still, what's occurring on America's college...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 11:53 PM
Pete Seeger was a teenager in the 1930s when he heard an Appalachian balladeer perform on an old-fashioned, five-string banjo and fell in love with the instrument, the timeless melodies and, most of all, the words.
"Compared to the trivialities of...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 8:01 PM
Jonathan Schell, the author, journalist and activist who wrote passionately and cogently about war and politics for more than 40 years, condemning conflicts from Vietnam to Iraq and galvanizing the anti-nuclear movement with his horrifyingly detailed...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 5:06 AM
Who can forget Mitt Romney’s fateful campaign line, “Corporations are people too, my friend?” It was just the kind of rhetorical faux pas that reinforced the developing narrative of Romney as a soulless plutocrat.
Back at the...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 10:35 AM
Pete Seeger's death at 94 leaves a huge hole in America's moral conscience. The folk singer was a fixture in music, politics and American life for the latter half of the 20th century, and he continued performing and speaking in public -- including at...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 2:26 PM
Deltron 3030: The trifecta of alt-rappers - Del the Funky Homosapien, producer Dan "the Automator" Nakamura and DJ Kid Koala - are busy promoting "Event 2," the supergroup's second album and its first in 13 years. The 2013 concept album is rife with...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 3:22 PM
Neither rich nor poor may sleep under the bridges of Paris. Is that law neutral with respect to who's doing the sleeping? If you think the answer is obvious, think again — and think abortion.
In McCullen v. Coakley, which the Supreme Court heard...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 10:30 AM
LONDON -- The Berlin Film Festival has completed the lineup for the Panorama Dokumente section, which is devoted to documentaries. Sixteen films have been selected, including 10 world premieres.
It will open on Feb. 7 with the world premiere of Tommy...