E.L. Doctorow's Novels About American History Changed the Future of Fiction
July 22, 2015

Doctorow was more than a fiction writer. He was a bridge to an older America.

Why Leonard Nimoy Came to Embrace His Long, Prosperous Life as Spock
February 27, 2015

Several thousand actors have played Hamlet. Meanwhile, there will always be one true Spock.

Ben Bradlee and the Powerful Cold War Georgetown Set
October 23, 2014

What he knew—and didn't know—about the CIA.

My Weekend With Oscar de la Renta
October 21, 2014

Remembering the kindness and generosity of one of fashion's greats.

Howard Baker Was the Kind of Reasonable Republican That Hardly Exists Anymore
June 26, 2014

The Senate majority leader showed that decency, patriotism, and hardball politics can coexist.

Winston Churchill's Last Surviving Daughter Was the Grandest of Grand Dames
June 06, 2014

Remembering Mary Soames, Churchill's daughter and the grandest of grande dames

Watch Maya Angelou Read at Clinton's First Inaugural
May 28, 2014

The poet reads "On the Pulse of Morning."

Saint Maya
May 28, 2014

There isn't much art in her books, but she helped pave the way for black writers who can enjoy the luxury of being merely individuals rather than representatives of their race.

Gary Becker Helped Invent the Economics of Everything
May 05, 2014

He transformed a discipline that had been tied to traditional topics, like business cycles, international trade, and money supply, into an intellectual field without boundaries.

García Márquez Liberated the Spanish Language from the Tyranny of the Past
April 18, 2014

His liberator's urge was not a matter of leftism. The urge was literary.