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.

Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013
December 05, 2013

He was a hero who ranks with Abraham Lincoln. But he left a more ambivalent legacy, too.

Tom Clancy Is Dead, But His Frightening Political Worldview Is Alive and Well
October 02, 2013

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.

The First Victim of Russia's Anti-Gay Law Is Dead
September 29, 2013

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. 

The Irony Lady
April 08, 2013

Margaret Thatcher's foreign policy fluctated wildly.

Anthony Lewis: The Paul Krugman of His Time—And Then Some
March 26, 2013

You didn’t have to agree with the longtime New York Times columnist to admire his relentlessness.