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  • Obama lavishes praise on Britain for its post-9/11 support

    In an address at a state banquet last night, President Obama highlighted the strength and substance of the bond the US and the Britain share.
    05/25/2011 08:31 am

  • Editor's Blog Can the planet handle more middle-class humans?

    In just 10 years, the world for the first time will be more middle-class than poor. That will tax resources and set up conflicts. But with more people free from just trying to survive, the arts and sciences should boom as well.
    05/23/2011 11:02 am

  • Lives and Letters

    This essay collection by former New Yorker editor Robert Gottlieb pairs insights on art with a taste for scandal.
    05/20/2011 07:05 am

  • The top 10 books of all time

    Readers of books love lists. That's why book-review editor J. Peder Zane asked 125 writers – everyone from Norman Mailer to Jonathan Franzen to Margaret Drabble – to pick their very favorite books of all time. Out of all the books in the world, here are the 10 most selected by Zane's illustrious group. (You can see this and other book lists in Zane's book "The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books.")
    05/19/2011 06:35 pm

  • The Reading Promise

    A father reads out loud to his daughter – 3,218 nights in a row.
    05/18/2011 04:24 pm

  • Thor: movie review

    Marvel Comics starts another franchise as the superhero Thor gets tongue-in-cheek treatment.
    05/06/2011 01:12 pm

  • Walter Rodgers Osama bin Laden: a fraud and a failure

    Even before Osama bin Laden's death, Muslims were rejecting his vile message.
    05/05/2011 03:39 pm

  • Ayman al-Zawahiri: How will he shape Al Qaeda?

    Al Qaeda's former No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahiri is seen worldwide as the top leader of Al Qaeda. But he may lack the charismatic Osama bin Laden's ability to rally followers.
    05/05/2011 08:16 am

  • Verbal Energy Grammar a thousand times more correct?

    Our expression of mathematical comparisons is often illogical, the Monitor's language columnist points out, and it's not too hard to get it right.
    05/02/2011 01:43 pm

  • 6 great books about British queens

    And here you thought your wedding was a bit on the stressful side. At least you're not Kate Middleton, whose every step – especially any misstep – will be broadcast live to the world. It won't get any easier if she ever becomes the consort of the king. On the bright side, she's marrying a handsome and energetic young man. Then again, Henry VIII's first queen did the exact same thing. As for the five that followed her, well, as the old rhyme puts it: "Divorced, beheaded, died. Divorced, beheaded, survived." As she figures out her strategy to keep her position (and her man), "Waity Katie" might be wise to sit back and read these instructive books about Henry VIII's queens. This time around, let's hope only the lessons roll, with everyone's heads staying right where they belong.
    04/29/2011 11:14 am

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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