| Oct 7, 2010
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public life this week published a short, 15-question religion quiz. The quiz is a shorter version of the "3,412 sampled adults who were asked these and other questions in the U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey." The poll was...
| Jan 27, 2010
Paul Theroux's contribution to the revival of contemporary travel writing is so seminal that casual readers may be inclined to forget that most of his rather astonishingly prodigious output has been literary fiction.
"A Dead Hand: A Crime in Calcutta" is...
| Jun 2, 2010
The bride was from Orlando. The groom was from Milwaukee. The elephant was from South Florida.
Before several hundred guests and a few stray tourists, Mahesh Narayanaswamy and Radha Mehta were married Sunday in an opulent, traditional Hindu ceremony at...
| Jul 4, 2010
Deep Blue Home
An Intimate Ecology of Our Wild Ocean
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 256 pp., $24
Julia Whitty has a way of observing nature that is not self-referential. She writes with humor, reverence, true curiosity and an unfettered...
| Jul 1, 2010
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The Laguna Beach campus of Mission Hospital celebrated its first anniversary on Thursday with a blessing ceremony for the crosses that will be installed on the exterior of the tower.
"May they continue to provide, as they have done throughout the ages,...
| Jul 11, 2010
Turn Left at the Trojan Horse
A Would-Be Hero's American Odyssey
Citadel Press/Kensington: 308 pp., $14.95 paper
This is how a quest should be done: You bundle up everything you know. You take stock of who you are and who you aren't. You...
| Feb 4, 2010
Iconoclastic filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, hot off earning Oscar nominations Tuesday for best director and original screenplay for "Inglourious Basterds," will discuss his career with Variety critic Todd McCarthy on Monday at the American Cinematheque's...
| Feb 21, 2010
"Arts of Ancient Viet Nam," the most ambitious exhibition of Vietnamese art yet to appear in the United States, is a show about meetings.
In room after room, magnificent objects on display tell a story about people -- how we encounter one another and...
| Oct 26, 2009
It's 8 p.m. Friday and the historic Towne Theatre downtown is sold out. About 500 moviegoers have crowded into the three-screen movie house, paying up to $12 a ticket to watch not the latest Hollywood blockbuster but instead the premieres of three...
| Nov 1, 2009
If you want to understand the meaning of comics in India, one place to start is a battered, chipped piece of sandstone from the 9th century. "Durga Slaying the Buffalo Demon," in which an eight-armed goddess impales a part-man, part-animal monster, doesn'...
| Nov 1, 2009
Jesus is everywhere. There are plenty of books about his presence in the holy scriptures of Christianity's sister faiths (in the Talmud, in the Koran) and about secret traditions brought to light by the Gnostic gospels. There are also plenty on more...