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  • Ides of March: what to read on March 15

    Each year when March 15 rolls around, many of us grope mentally backward to 9th-grade English class and do our best to remember who exactly who it was that warned Julius Caesar to "Beware the ides of March" and why. But in the years since Shakespeare first coined the phrase in 1599 the fatal date has become well ensconced in literature. To bring yourself up to speed on "ides" literature, here's a beginner's list.
    03/15/2011 12:05 pm

  • Japan earthquake and tsunami: narrow escapes

    Some 30,000 people have been rescued as search operations continue following Japan's 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami on March 11. Amazing stories of survival and hope are still emerging. Here are just a few examples:
    03/14/2011 03:03 pm

  • Stir It Up! Eating our words

    Ever wonder when 'pad thai' was added to the Oxford English Dictionary? It was 1978.
    03/10/2011 10:59 am

  • Chapter & Verse Is it right to revise the Bible?

    "The New American Bible" is not the first Catholic bible to be updated to reflect changes in the way English is understood, but the latest revisions are controversial.
    03/09/2011 11:55 am

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 03/03
  • Verbal Energy Intransitive verbs and the campus shortcut

    A sentence in a technical manual reminds the Monitor's language columnist how usage changes under pressures of time and space.
    02/28/2011 03:11 pm

  • In Pictures Oscar winners 2011
  • 7 books to help you understand Libya

    What to read for background on Libya? The shelves of English-language libraries and bookstores are not exactly crammed with options. However, there are a handful of works – from histories to fiction to travel literature – which offer a good general grounding in the country's background and culture. Here, at least for starters, are some interesting suggestions.
    02/23/2011 11:57 am

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 02/22
  • 5 books about chucking it all for country living

    This is the time of year – when it’s been freezing for two months and the city is covered with dirty snow that won’t melt for another six weeks – that I dream of trading it all in for a simpler life. You know, one complete with farm animals, caves for aging cheese, and a vegetable garden large enough to supply all of Manhattan with frisée. I'll never do it – I can't really live without groceries delivered to my apartment, mass transit, and access to Korean food at all hours – but I can at least read about it. Here are five amazing, hilarious, utterly charming books brought to you by people, crazier, more desperate, and with even less impulse control than I: the ones who actually did it.
    02/18/2011 10:30 am

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Doing Good


What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

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