| Sep 5, 2014
| 4:50 PM
Speaking on Aug. 29 — at a fundraiser, of course — Barack Obama applied to a platitude the varnish of smartphone sociology, producing this intellectual sunburst: "The truth of the matter is, is that the world has always been messy. In part,...
| Sep 5, 2014
Writing a fall books preview on a limited word budget is a futile exercise. So many great titles hit the shelves in the peak publishing season that kicks off in September and runs through the end of the year, that even as we highlight quite a few, we...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 2:30 AM
In the film "Obvious Child," Jenny Slate plays Donna Stern, a stand-up comedian who specializes in making jokes about her private parts, with the occasional foray into fart humor. She is about to go onstage. Her friend offers her some encouragement:...
| Jun 15, 2014
When the dyspeptic poet Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), who loathed Belgium even more than most things, was asked to imagine an epitaph for that nation, he suggested: "At last!" Which is how many Europeans feel about the rapidly growing disgust with the...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 12:05 PM
Charles Moore’s authorized biography of Margaret Thatcher, the great heroine of conservative Britain, has been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize, which is named for a great hero of that country's left.
The Orwell Prize, named for "1984" author...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Everyone likes secrets, especially dramatists. So it's no surprise that the unraveling of the mysteries of the current Queen Elizabeth's famously undocumented weekly meetings with her prime minister proved audience catnip in Peter Morgan's fictional...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 10:45 PM
Renounced title to stay in House of Commons
Tony Benn, 88, a committed British socialist who irritated and fascinated Britons through a political career spanning more than five decades and who renounced his aristocratic title rather than...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The Antaeus Company's production of Caryl Churchill's "Top Girls" brings us refreshingly back to the basics of great theater: a sharply intelligent, poetically daring play; a company of actors dedicated to serving both their characters and an author's...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 11:45 AM
According to much of Western punditry, Russia's military action in Ukraine's Crimea region is an unprovoked act of aggression by the increasingly autocratic Russian President Vladimir Putin, who should stop meddling in the transition underway in Kiev...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 11:30 AM
Meryl Streep will portray political activist Emmeline Pankhurst in the historical drama "Suffragette," extending the actress' string of real-life female roles including Julia Child in "Julie and Julia," Anna Wintour in "The Devil Wears Prada" and Margaret...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 5:36 AM
In the original 1990's British version of "House of Cards," Francis Urquhart (Ian Richardson) is a conservative ideological extremist who rises through the political ranks by defeating one starry-eyed opponent after another. He is a cold-blooded...