Ariel Dorfman on talking to Nelson Mandela About his Parents, spousal abuse, and pain
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.
He was a hero who ranks with Abraham Lincoln. But he left a more ambivalent legacy, too.
The easiest point to make about Tom Clancy, who died on Tuesday at the age of 66, is that he was a mediocre writer who penned books with noxious political messages. But he was more interesting than that, even if only as a totemic cultural figure. I haven't read any of his nonfictional output, which mostly deals with military matters, especially the physical details of American military hardware.
On Wednesday, LGBT activist Alexey Davydov was supposed to take part in a protest against the Sochi Olympics but had to go to the hospital instead. Last night, he slipped into a coma. This morning, he was gone.
Margaret Thatcher's fluctuating foreign policy
Margaret Thatcher's foreign policy fluctated wildly.
You didn’t have to agree with the longtime New York Times columnist to admire his relentlessness.