In Memoriam

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.

Remembering Jean Bethke Elshtain
August 26, 2013

We begin to understand people when we know their heroes. Jean Bethke Elshtain’s intellectual hero was St. Augustine; her political hero was Vaclav Havel.

A Pop Star Is Dead, But Her Sexiness Is Immortal
August 13, 2013

After hearing the news that Eydie Gormé died on Saturday, I found myself wondering, not for the first time, how it is that certain female pop singers, whose singing appears not to be sexy, are sexy.

R.I.P. Alan Sharp, a Writer Too Dark for Hollywood
February 22, 2013

Alan Sharp's movies reflected the confusion, failures, and darkness of the 1970s—and maybe that's why no one wanted to see them.

Remembering Ronald Dworkin
February 18, 2013

Charles Fried remembers the towering American philsopher, who died last week.