| Apr 4, 2010
I've often fantasized about retracing the steps of such naturalists as Charles Darwin, Alexander von Humboldt and William Bartram, who saw exotic places and recorded, in detail, the plants and animals they described so vividly on their expeditions.
| Jun 1, 2010
| 12:40 PM
One thing above all draws the curious, the adventurous and those who love nature to these rough-hewn volcanic islands 600 miles west of Ecuador: the animals.
They swim. They fly. They lounge. They lumber. Sometimes, they do more. Naturalist Klaus Fielsch...
| Feb 3, 2010
One of the gags in Woody Allen's "Whatever Works" involves Allen's neurotic alter ego (Larry David) bemoaning an ulcer. When his ridiculously young girlfriend (Evan Rachel Wood) reminds him that he doesn't have an ulcer, he retorts, "I didn't say I don'...
| Mar 15, 2010
At mushy Hallmark commercials in which the son finally gets home on Christmas Eve. At weddings because everybody's so happy. At funerals because everybody's so sad. Even watching the Olympics, when I bond with the skaters who get teary because...
| Apr 4, 2009
Charles Darwin might have found an interesting research subject in the Burke family's Goleta home, which has evolved over the last 47 years as the family has changed.
Chuck and Harriet Burke purchased the five-bedroom tract house in 1962 as a place to...
| Jan 11, 2009
FOR THE RECORD:
Evolutionist: In the Calendar section on Jan. 11, a photo caption with the review of the book "Banquet at Delmonico's" mentioned Charles Darwin and his fellow evolutionist, Herbert Spencer, but did not make clear...
| Feb 1, 2009
Angels and Ages
A Short Book About Darwin,
Lincoln, and Modern Life
Alfred A. Knopf: 224 pp., $24.95
It is an exploration more than a settlement. Adam Gopnik calls his thoughts about Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln a "short book."...
| Feb 8, 2009
Movie openings: Last Sunday's list of movies opening this past Friday included movies that had opened the previous Friday: "New in Town," "Of Time and the City," "The Secret of the Grain," "Serbis," "Taken" and "The Uninvited."
Evolutionist: A photo...
| Feb 8, 2009
Thank God for Evolution
How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World
Viking: 432 pp., $24.95
The First Four Billion Years
Edited by Michael Ruse
and Joseph Travis
Belknap Press: 1,008 pp.,...
| Jan 21, 2010
Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Yelp, YouTube: Nowadays, just about everyone seems to use at least one of these social media Web sites. That's because social media is unbeatable for catching up with old friends, meeting new ones and getting the latest...
| Jan 24, 2010
Fans of Eddie Izzard and his over-the-top-fabulousness beware: His attire on stage at the Nokia Theatre this weekend will be a decided departure from his earlier flamboyance.
Wrapping up lunch at a Lower East Side bistro, Izzard warns that on this...