Topic: Anne Frank
In many ways, 2010 is a year you may want to relegate to the filing cabinet quickly. It began with a massive earthquake in Haiti and wound down with North Korea once again being an enfant terrible – bizarrely trying to conduct diplomacy through brinkmanship. In between came Toyota recalls and egg scares, pat downs at airports and unyielding unemployment numbers, too little money in the Irish treasury and too many bedbugs in American sheets. Oil gushed from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico for three months, mocking the best intentions of man and technology to stop it, while ash from a volcano in Iceland darkened Europe temporarily as much as its balance sheets. Yet not all was gloomy. The winter Olympics in Canada and the World Cup in South Africa dazzled with their displays of athletic prowess and national pride, becoming hearths around which the world gathered. In Switzerland, the world's largest atom smasher hurled two protons into each other at unfathomable speeds. Then came the year's most poignant moment – the heroic and improbable rescue of 33 miners from the clutches of the Chilean earth. There were many transitions, too – the return of the Republicans in Washington and the Tories in Britain, the scaling back of one war (Iraq) and the escalation of another (Afghanistan), the fall of some powers (Greece) and rise of others (China, Germany, Lady Gaga). To get the new year off to the right start, we decided to ask various thinkers for one idea each to make the world a better place in 2011. We plumbed poets and political figures, physicists and financiers, theologians and novelists. Some of the ideas are provocative, others quixotic. Some you will agree with, others you won't. But in the modest quest to stir a discussion – from academic salons to living rooms to government corridors – we offer these 25 ideas.
12/26/2010 12:56 pm
Memoirist Avi Steinberg reflects on the humor, sadness, scariness, and "just utter strangeness" of working in a prison.
11/11/2010 06:05 am
Bookstore customers say the darndest things. Here are a few of them.
09/08/2010 11:16 am
Hans Westra, executive director of the Anne Frank House in the Netherlands, says the dreams of the world-famous Jewish girl who died in the Holocaust came to be tied up in the 150-year-old chestnut, which came down in stormy weather.
08/24/2010 02:37 pm
Anne Frank was cheered by the monumental chestnut tree while she was hiding from the Nazis. Frank's recollection of the tree can be found in the Feb. 23, 1944 entry in 'The Diary of Anne Frank.'
08/23/2010 02:09 pm
Chief Khmer Rouge executioner "Duch" faces a jail sentence. Which books best dissect the horror of the Khmer Rouge regime?
07/26/2010 05:01 pm
'What if a zillion people read and talked about a single book?'
05/17/2010 01:07 pm
The various pieces of Anne Frank's diary are finally being exhibited together in the Amsterdam building where she wrote them.
04/29/2010 01:08 pm
What's selling most in independent bookstores across the US.
02/04/2010 04:30 am
What's selling best in America's independent bookstores
01/29/2010 04:30 am