October 15, 2012 Tonight, Paula Abdul comes to Dancing With The Stars, where she will undoubtedly be very, very nice to everyone.
October 15, 2012 After the first manuscript of Thomas Carlyle's French Revolution was accidentally burned, he began again with renewed fervor. Historian H.W. Brands explains why Carlyle's book remains fresh as ever. Have you ever lost your magnum opus to fire or flash drive? Tell us in the comments.
October 15, 2012 Novelists Aatish Taseer and Naomi Benaron portray life amid sectarian violence in Pakistan and Rwanda, respectively, while Glenn Carle reflects on being a CIA interrogator, novelist Jonathan Lethem explores his influences, and David Bellos probes translation's complexity.
October 15, 2012 Reuters editor Chrystia Freeland traveled the world, interviewing multimillionaires and billionaires for her new book, Plutocrats. She says there's a startling disconnect between those at the very top and the rest of us — one that has the power to transform society in unfortunate ways.
October 15, 2012 Roy Lichtenstein is best known for his dotted, angst-filled comics featuring beautiful ladies in distress. But a major retrospective at the National Gallery shows that the painter found inspiration beyond the comic-book world; he also paid his respects to the masters — Picasso, Monet and more.
October 14, 2012 Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul star in this modern tale of addiction that explores what happens to a young marriage when the one thing that once brought them together suddenly vanishes. Director and cowriter James Ponsoldt says the idea for the movie came from real-life experiences.
October 14, 2012 Every answer is a two-word phrase in which the letter "O" is added at the end of the first word to make the second word. For example, given the clue "pack animal owned by Thomas Jefferson's first vice president," the answer would be "Burr burro."
October 14, 2012 Author J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy world Middle-Earth is filled with hundreds of characters. So many in fact, that a Swedish university student has created a comprehensive census and family tree to catalog the more than 900 humans, elves, dwarves and hobbits.
October 14, 2012 WBURLegendary beat novelist Jack Kerouac shot to fame with On the Road, but unknown to many fans, he also wrote a play. The Beat Generation was never produced and quickly forgotten. Rediscovered in 2004, the play is now set to premiere in the writer's hometown.
October 14, 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver often writes about the natural world — the animals she sees and the woods she walks in. Her new book, A Thousand Mornings, collects her morning meditations as she stands by her door, notebook and pen in hand.