In Memoriam

Günter Grass's Hemispheric Upheaval
April 13, 2015

“A writer's personal failings have nothing at all to do with the success or failure of his work.”

What Leonard Nimoy Meant to My Nerdy Mother in 1970s Texas
March 02, 2015

Star Trek and Leonard Nimoy's Spock made all of us a little more human.

A Reporter Leaves His Beat
February 13, 2015

"There won't be another David Carr."

What It Was Like to Study Under Robert Stone
February 09, 2015

Robert Stone helped introduce the world to counterculture. For that, he'll be remembered.

Robin Williams' Death Is a Wakeup Call for Mental Illness
August 12, 2014

The mentally ill still lack the health-care coverage and treatment they need.

This Was Robin Williams's Best Non-Comedic Performance
August 11, 2014

The comedian, who died Monday at the age of 63, was just as good in his serious roles, shorn of his marvelous manic vaudeville.

Remembering Sherwin Nuland, a Surgeon Who Healed With Words
March 10, 2014

Like the great doctors he admired and wrote so well about, Dr. Nuland was the consummate healer.

Shirley Temple Sold the Idea That a Cute Kid Had the Cure for the Great Depression
February 11, 2014

In the business of being a child star, no one could match Shirley Temple.

Philip Seymour Hoffman: 1967-2014
February 02, 2014

The actor, found dead this afternoon in his New York apartment, defied all Hollywood convention.