Some sources now say that scathing remarks about Obama and his administration are "fiction [and] distortion."
The voice of Jackie Kennedy's interviewer belongs to the late historian and former JFK aide Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., whose writings are again timely in this tea-party era. He noted that the Founding Fathers embraced government as a vital help, not an obstacle, to progress.
Collective reading is alive and well in the 2000s – thanks to large-scale online book clubs (think "One Book, One Twitter," for example) and also to community “One City, One Book” programs which encourage an entire metropolis to read the same book at the same time. What are cities reading this year? Here are the 2011 picks of five participating cities – all of them apparently drawn to books with strong cultural themes .
An international group of writers are suing five American universities for copyright infringement – and sending a warning to Google Books.
Updated, musical-theater-style 'Porgy and Bess' offers a more 'intimate' narrative but has raised controversy.
Working on a book about 9/11 survivors, I found I could only immerse myself in interview footage in fits and starts, much as our nation remembers September 11. That's how mourning – public and private – works. To heal, we have to let ourselves both forget and remember.
'Engineering Ground Zero' on PBS, The New York Philharmonic plays Mahler's Resurrection Symphony also on PBS, Paul McCartney's 'Concert for New York City' on Showtime, and more.
Tom Friedman urges Americans: Let’s save our greatness – before it’s too late.