Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Nisan 23, 5774
Or when is it enough: A biographer's dilemma
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When Florence Noiville's Isaac B. Singer: A Life arrived in my office, just the look of the book -- it's sheer lack of heft -- made me sit up and take notice. Here was the biography of a major 20th-century writer -- a Nobel Prize winner, at that -- and the volume topped off, with index, at under 200 pages...
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When you think of great works of modern architecture, the first things that likely come to mind are the towering skyscrapers of New York or Chicago, or the great variety of eclectic homes built for special clients, like Frank Lloyd Wright's monumental Fallingwater, commissioned by a Pittsburgh department-store magnate and set deep in the woods of western Pennsylvania. But another...
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Ryan Teitman
"My culture of origin is in a head-on collision with the rest of the world," Nonie Darwish told the crowd gathered at the Congregations of Shaare Shamayim in Northeast Philadelphia. The Egyptian-born journalist, lecturer and founder of ArabsForIsrael.com , a Web site that supports the state of Israel and Middle Eastern peace, spoke to the congregation on Feb. 26 about...
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Levi trumps Darwin, somewhat sadly, of course
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Several months ago, the Royal Institution of Great Britain did an astonishing but wholly appropriate thing: It named Primo Levi's The Periodic Table as the "best science book ever written." The Levi volume, which is made up of 21 sections, each tied to one of the elements of the periodic table, beat out estimable works by James Watson, one of...
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In our overly complex and sophisticated societies, where buildings soar to greater and greater heights -- and with designs that seem to shoot off at more and more fanciful angles -- we often forget that the very first kind of architecture was residential, that is, the simple roof people chose to put over their heads. In his introductory remarks to...
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