iOS app Android app

Somerset Maugham

Here Comes the Judge

Francis Levy | Posted 12.24.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

Artists are attempting to find something through the maintenance of a practice but what is a politician or leader trying to find? The answer is usually a series of intelligent decisions that lead his country out of a quagmire.

Life Narratives: Doris's Apartment

A.J. Condeelis | Posted 09.01.2014 | Arts
A.J. Condeelis

Over the weekend, I was helping a friend sort through decades -- actually almost half a century -- belongings of a woman named Doris. I never met Doris. But I learned a lot about her life and personality by spending hours in her $130 a month rent controlled fourth floor walk-up.

Appointment in Samarra

Francis Levy | Posted 10.30.2013 | Entertainment
Francis Levy

"Lisa Robin Kelly, 43, Actress on 'That '70's Show' Sitcom'" read the Times obit (NYT, 8/15/13). The accompanying picture displayed a blond haired act...

Napoleon's Role in Shaping Penang as Key Player in World Trade

Carolyn O'Donnell | Posted 03.07.2013 | Books
Carolyn O'Donnell

If the British East India Company existed today, it would be a billion-dollar mega-corporation. In 1786 the company wanted a suitable port of "refreshment and repair" along the valuable trade route to China, and the tropical island of Penang.

Is Reading Overrated? One Writer Argues Yes | Rick Gekoski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

I've been thinking about reading, and (as one does) got my Google finger out, and have been going through "reading quotations". That is: what has been...

Blue Valentine: Reviewing the Reviewers

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Melody Breyer-Grell

I did not go see Blue Valentine with the goal of writing a review. My exasperation was brought on by my belief that the reviewers of this film missed some of the film's real messages.

Julia the Hindu, and the Pray in Eat Pray Love

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

The powerful forces of celebrity and popular culture have thrust India's Vedic heritage into the spotlight. All the media attention inspires some to cynicism and others to a genuine spiritual enquiry.

Top 10 Books With The Best Dialogue

The Guardian | Frederic Raphael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"Dialogue brings a novel to life. It is possible to compose fiction without it, just as Georges Perec was able to write an entire book without using t...

The Big Dollar Bustout ... Is Too Big To Fail Still an Option?

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Eric Ehrmann

With efforts to rebrand America's national identity in the electronic media falling flat like a bad online date, taking away the dollar's too big to fail status might be the better wake up call.