Boston Strong: Remembering Mayor Thomas Menino
October 30, 2014

Remembering a great leader and, yes, a great liberal.

Jean-Claude Duvalier Is Dead, But He Will Haunt Haiti for Years to Come
October 06, 2014

"Baby Doc" inherited a country and a dictatorship, and squandered them both.

Joan Rivers Didn't Care If You Liked It
Her feminism and misogyny were impossible for young women to reconcile
September 05, 2014

Her feminism and misogyny were impossible for young women to reconcile.

Mickey Rooney Was the Last Old Hollywood Star Standing
April 07, 2014

If you weren't familiar with the 93-year-old legend, here are the three movies to watch.

The History of Pete Seeger’s Reputation Is the History of the Past 70 Years
January 28, 2014

A fascinating and obscure scholarly paper on Pete Seeger shows how he went from New Deal hero to McCarthy era untouchable to sixties radical icon to above-politics national icon.    

How the Kalashnikov Explains Modern Business Success
December 23, 2013

What can a modern inventor learn from Kalashnikov?

Remembering Peter O'Toole
December 17, 2013

Remembering a brief encounter with the self-destructive, life-affirming star.

When Mandela Became Real to Me
December 08, 2013

Ariel Dorfman on talking to Nelson Mandela About his Parents, spousal abuse, and pain

The Scene Outside Nelson Mandela's Home was Not that Dramatic—Because His Country Has Become a Normal One
December 06, 2013

Media hype aside, the scene outside Nelson Mandela's house was not that dramatic. That's because he turned South Africa into a normal country.