That children of the famous write memoirs is common; that they have insight is less so. This comes to mind because on April 25, Writers Bloc presents "Saul Bellow & The Holocaust: Gregory Bellow With Rabbi David Wolpe," on the occasion of the publication of Saul Bellow's Heart: A Son's Memoir.
It is highly unlikely that my research will earn me global accolades or that my books will sell millions of copies, but I aspire to have a meaningful impact while committing to the humility and generosity that I received from some great role models.
Vargas Llosa and his literature are responsible, in a direct and "premeditated" way, for much of what I am today: from my matrimonial happiness and my aversion to totalitarianism, to my having reneged on philology and turned to journalism.
I didn't major in physics in college, though I do have a BS in life, but I know that one of the principles of this fascinating science is that any space will be filled -- except, of course, the one between my ears.
Philip Roth may be our greatest living writer. So why would he give himself over to filmmakers who would make a movie as dull, superficial and pedantic as Philip Roth: Unmasked?
Can eating chocolate make you more likely to win a Nobel Prize? If so, then by the same logic it appears that eating chocolate can make you a better skier or skater.
Plastic surgery is more than skin deep. Reconstructive surgery, which Dr. Murray also excelled in, continues to push the field forward, with implications far beyond cosmetic procedures.
My Little Publishing Company plans to single-handedly bring back the prestige of literary prizes.
On his death in 1896, Alfred Nobel, the fabulously wealthy inventor of dynamite, left the bulk of his vast fortune for annual prizes in five specific fields: chemistry, physics, physiology or medicine, literature and peace. Why those fields? Nobel didn't say.
Censorship in China is widely known and lamented. Chinese literature has a long history of what Emily Dickinson's poem alluded to: Tell all the Truth but tell it slant. It's possible that Mo Yan chooses "not to speak" about the political situation directly, but to tell it slant.
We should be taking risks, the Nobels said, not avoiding them. We should be encouraging ideas from outside the established community, from diverse sources; we should accept failure as a necessary stepping stone to revolutionary progress.
I hate exercise! There is nothing about being hot, exhausted and in pain that appeals to me. The most active thing I did this week was struggle to rip open a bag of Oreos.
There is good reason to honor the EU for its most lasting accomplishment: a continent at peace. Bravo to the Nobel committee for its choice. But the EU is sending mixed messages Iran, a country as much a threat today to international peace as any.
Others questioned why, if the Norwegian committee was so enamored by the European Union, is it that Norway has consistently rejected joining, preferring to go its own way unencumbered by a Brussels-based bureaucracy?
Underlying the Romney-Ryan agenda is a fundamental mistrust of the power of modern biology, of which stem cell research is but a symbol.
Imagine the possibilities. We could replace cells lost in diseases, from those that produce insulin in the pancreas of patients with type 1 diabetes, to the brain cells destroyed in Parkinson's disease.