October 11, 2012 A few days ago, Domingo Martinez was just a regular guy working as a graphic designer and writing on the side. Then on Wednesday he woke up to find himself nominated for the National Book Award for nonfiction for his book, The Boy Kings of Texas.
October 11, 2012 In a speech at the College of William and Mary, the Dalai Lama described the unique nature of human compassion versus that of other animals. What matters as much as his conclusions, says commentator Barbara J. King, is the spiritual leader's beautifully scientific stance towards life.
October 11, 2012 Vice President Joe Biden has been deliberating in the U.S. Senate since 1973, when Paul Ryan was 3 years old. According to David Fitzsimmons, Biden's plain-spoken style gives him the edge in tonight's debate, while Gary McCoy thinks that reputation has a down side.
October 10, 2012 After his debate performance, Mitt Romney seems to be surging against President Obama. Joel Pett points to a vast media conspiracy, while Chip Bok argues that with early voting, changed minds don't always equal changed votes.
October 10, 2012 In this idealized dialogue between faith and science, some of the most entrenched reasons for the common split are explored. Science insists in the reality of things, faith doesn't. Science measures, faith believes. How to deal with the origin of the universe?
October 9, 2012 When Rebecca Harrington ran out of Jane Austen novels, she was devastated — until she discovered Austen's Juvenilia, a treasure trove of unfinished novels, stories and letters. Do you like reading unpublished work by your favorite author? Tell us in the comments.
October 9, 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney delivered an address Monday, where he insinuated that President Obama's leadership is weak. Jimmy Margulies questions the president's ability to handle the situation in Libya, while Chris Weyant thinks Romney's foreign policy credentials are lacking.
October 8, 2012 Neither Joe Biden nor Paul Ryan has aided his candidate recently. Lisa Benson and Adam Zyglis explain.
October 8, 2012 A book without suffering or struggle can only be described as one thing: boring. For Three Books, author Will Wiles writes about his favorite literary misadventures. Do you have a favorite book about everything going wrong? Tell us in the comments.
October 7, 2012 In the 17th century, an Irish bishop famously concluded that the universe was created on October 23, 4004 BC. Scientists know that our universe, and our Earth, are much more ancient than that. Not everyone agrees, even in the year 2012.
October 7, 2012 While there were surprises in the first presidential debate between Mitt Romney and President Obama, neither Nick Anderson nor Dave Fitzsimmons saw anything new.