NowThis News, the one-year-old online news service, a potential heir to the New York Times or NBC Nightly News except entirely online, announced this week that it has hired Cody Johns as its first entirely Vine-driven 'videojournalist.'
Contrary to popular belief (in American minds), this church was anything but "underground." Nearly every seat was occupied and once when the camera jib swept across the audience, I saw myself smiling at how our group did not blend into the crowd.
The American understanding of Mao Zedong has been in flux for the past seventy-five years. That is because what we know about the lives of historical figures is constrained by our sources of information and shaped by the times in which we live.
The polo shirt is an example of a Chinese twist on conspicuous consumption. Instead of expensive tailored suits, designer ties and glittering cuff links, nouveau riche Chinese seem content to purchase ever pricier polo shirts.
Two new books share an important attribute -- an unshakable belief that Bach, Mozart and Schubert elevate the human spirit and have the power to comfort us, to inspire us and to overcome even the greatest challenges.
Thomas Friedman's fetish for decentralization and bottom-up economic growth is actually a global phenomenon shared not only with the remaining Maoists on earth, but everyone from conservative and neo-liberal economists to the protesters of the Occupy movements.
"Christmas Waltz" is an improved episode of Mad Men in this uneven season of a longtime great TV series, an episode with a very welcome return to advertising. Too much of this season has been taken up with some fairly arbitrary soap opera doings.
That a Chinese astrophysicist's passing is noted in a prestigious American literary journal is a testament to how Fang Lizhi crossed boundaries between the two cultures of humanities and science, and was much admired, even loved, in both.
Bo Xilai, the populist former Chongqing chief recently purged from China's Politburo, was a dangerous, recidivistic force in Chinese politics. His fate should be cheered. Yes, his ouster reveals the dark side of the country's cloak-and-dagger leadership.
Myth: Henry Kissinger was the first American official in China since 1949. Fact: On Kissinger's secret trip to China in July 1971, my dad conveniently made sure he was at the front of the Pakistani-piloted plane as it entered Chinese airspace. Some would say he ran to the front.
The last day of 2011 ended on a rather dramatic note: something stopped me -- figuratively and literally -- in my tracks. I almost bumped into it. It was big, shiny and made out of stainless steel. And, no, it was not, thank God, any of the shiny nonsense by Jeff Koons.
One of China's most prolific, interesting, and hard to pigeon-hole authors, Yu Hua, is on a book tour in the U.S., promoting his latest work (the English language edition comes out next week), a collection of essays titled China in Ten Words.
Americans should support the rarer and rarer Republican candidates that are pro-science. Nations that have strayed too far down the path of placing ideology ahead of science have come out losers, both economically and in terms of global power.