August 18, 2013 Every new generation of immigrants must meet the age-old challenges of building a new home — assimilation and conformity, old habits and new cultures, adjustment and isolation. Author Helene Wecker shares with us three books that explore the complexities of life on foreign shores.
August 18, 2013 The comedy Austenland rightly pokes fun at Americans' ideas about the British, says critic Ella Taylor. She says the line between high and low culture in England has always been a bit hazy.
August 18, 2013 A rodeo clown who wore an Obama mask at the Missouri State Fair has provoked strong reactions from all sides. Mike Lester thinks too much deference is being paid to the president, while Mike Luckovich questions why so many approved of the performance.
August 17, 2013 Late lunches and literary rock stars: Such were the early days of publishing house Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Elissa Schappell says Boris Kachka's Hothouse (an expose of this cherished publisher) is a star-studded tell-all about the "good old, bad old days."
August 17, 2013 A crackdown on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi has claimed hundreds of lives and injured thousands in Egypt. Patrick Chappatte doubts the use of force will lead to true stability, while Nick Anderson questions whether it would be possible without U.S. financial aid.
August 16, 2013 The Department of Justice is trying to block the merger of US Airways and American Airlines. Steve Kelley suggests the Obama administration is acting hypocritically, while Mike Smith argues that, merger or no merger, airline carriers will still gouge their customers.
August 15, 2013 Egypt erupted in deadly violence Wednesday after government troops moved to dismantle camps supporting ousted President Mohammad Morsi. Glenn Foden takes the Obama administration and the U.N. to task for inaction, while Paresh Nath criticizes the entrenched positions of Egypt's political factions.
August 14, 2013 Ten years ago today, the Northeast experienced a massive blackout. At the time, Larry Wright pointed toward a disconnect between energy companies' profits and performance; more recently, Rick McKee used this year's Super Bowl blackout to critique the Obama administration's energy policies.
August 14, 2013 It's a rite of passage to cook live lobster, a way to make peace with where your food comes from. But buying shelled meat is an efficient treat. Now you can even cook with raw whole meat separated from the shell by centrifuge.
August 13, 2013 U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is looking to avoid mandatory minimum prison sentences for non-violent, drug-related crimes. Last year, Adam Zyglis emphasized the costs of our current sentences, while Signe Wilkinson argued in 2008 that Americans can't ignore the consequences of drug use.
August 12, 2013 If the town of Tombstone, Ariz., sounds familiar, it probably has to do with what happened there in 1881 — the year of the infamous gunfight between lawman Wyatt Earp and a rival gang. A new memoir by Justin St. Germain weaves the story of the O.K. Corral into another, more personal tale.