| Apr 28, 2011
In 40 A.D., the fabled Trung sisters rode elephants into battle to free Vietnam from its Chinese invaders. Nearly 2,000 years later, Ngo Dinh Nhu fancied herself a modern-day Trung, defending her country against communist rebels and American imperialists....
| Oct 9, 2011
| 10:47 PM
In the latest adventures of "Phil’s Amazing Race," we learn historical facts about Indonesia, helpful things to say when you faceplant in a rice paddy and the fact that you can’t call yourself prepared if you don’t have a spare bicycle...
| Jun 24, 2012
The Huston Smith Reader
Edited with an introduction by Jeffery Paine
University of California Press: 280 pp., $29.95
A restless curiosity about the sacred dimensions of life drove Huston Smith to seek...
| Jul 8, 2012
Why Does the World Exist?
An Existential Detective Story
Liveright: 310 pp., $27.95
"How old is the Universe?" Kurt Vonnegut asked in his 1973 novel "Breakfast of Champions." "It is one half-second...
| Sep 4, 2011
All's Faire in Love
A college football star has to make up for his many absences by working at a Renaissance fair, where he falls for an aspiring actress. With Christina Ricci, Owen Benjamin, Cedric the Entertainer and Matthew Lillard. Written...
| Feb 15, 2012
| 11:47 AM
A potentially tense exchange between Republican Sen. John McCain and Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping on Wednesday provided a glimpse into the personal political skills of heir apparent to China's presidency.
Xi was holding a private meeting with nearly...
| Jun 14, 2011
Among the most painful chapters in modern Chinese history is Japan's 1937 invasion of Nanjing. Hundreds of thousands were killed, countless women were raped, and soldiers and civilians alike suffered unspeakable brutalities. So when Chinese writer-...
| Sep 9, 2011
"Shaolin," with its feuding warlords and fighting monks in '20s era China, is a sprawling popcorn blast of action kept spinning with crazy cool kung fu, tons of fake spurting blood (I think everyone had a packet clinched in their teeth) and slacker...
| Sep 4, 2011
A Story of True Love
Thich Nhat Hanh
HarperOne: 147 pp., $23.99
The novel, as a storytelling device, begins with that white parchment of possibility, turns many tricks, reveals many truths and, in the best of hands, can exploit the very...
| Dec 21, 2011
For most of his 76 years, the 14th Dalai Lama has been the spiritual light for followers of Tibetan Buddhism, his every word parsed for guidance to living a better, more fulfilling life. Awarded the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize, the Dalai Lama has been an...
| Jan 28, 2011
| 4:34 AM
BANGKOK â Many Asians believe the Year of the Rabbit means good luck for those born under that zodiac sign, but conservationists warn that the furry creatures themselves are being loved to death in Asia and some species are dying......