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A path on Hanover's Oak Hill. (Steve Smith photograph)

Finding Nature in Hanover

Friday, August 29, 2014

Hanover — For a good part of his day job, Steve Smith writes content for the social-media sites of Dartmouth College’s alumni-relations office. For his …

A Loyal Soldier’s Campaign Journal

Friday, August 29, 2014

November’s Gladiators , by Terry Baxter; Langdon Street Press, 274 pages, $27.95 The vast piles of books generated by political campaigns tend to be about …

Novel About Race Debuts at a Critical Time

Friday, August 29, 2014

Your Face in Mine: A Novel by Jess Row; Riverhead Hardcover 384 pages, $27.95 Jess Row’s provocative new novel arrives at a time when the …

William Deresiewicz Waves His Red Flag at the Ivy League

Friday, August 29, 2014

St. Louis — In his introduction to Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, former Yale professor William Deresiewicz describes today’s Ivy League as a highly competent zombie factory, one …

Iraq Spurs Catholic Debate on Warfare

Friday, August 29, 2014

“Never war! Never war!” Those were the words of Pope Francis very recently, marking the centennial of the outbreak of the cataclysmic First World War. “I think most of all about children, whose hopes for a dignified life, a future, are dashed.” But sometimes, according to Roman Catholic …

Jolie, Pitt Make It Official

Friday, August 29, 2014

New York — The wait is finally over: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Hollywood’s reigning royal couple, have tied the knot. Despite two years of feverish scrutiny, the pair managed to keep one of the world’s most anticipated …

Editorial: High School Fatigue; Teens Need More Sleep

Friday, August 29, 2014

Teenagers need more sleep. They also need more time in school. A national push is now under way to address the first problem, which is encouraging — but the second one is no less important. The American Academy of Pediatrics announced this week what a growing body of …

Column: Fore, and Against: Should Obama Play Golf?

Friday, August 29, 2014

Nothing infuriates President Obama’s adversaries more than his golf outings, which have become so frequent that even his sympathizers have started to mutter about the unseemly symbolism of a commander-in-chief who practically lives on the links. In all …

Column: Attack Ads Aren’t as Bad as You Think

Friday, August 29, 2014

Negative campaign ads appear to be on the rise with the approach of this fall’s congressional elections and the 2016 presidential campaign. Hardly anyone has a good word to say about them. The standard critique — that they …

Entertainment Highlights: A Young New World; Liz Carroll Sees Vigor in Traditional Music

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Aside from the sheer need — artistic, karmic, intestinal, commercial — to play the fiddle, Liz Carroll goes to music festivals to reassure herself that younger musicians are tinkering with folk traditions, blazing their own trails and maybe …

Artist From Power-Broker Family Wields Power Tools

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Washington — Emilie Brzezinski knows more than most political wives about power tools. She owns six chainsaws. All made by Stihl. And all designed for different jobs. “The 360, it’s for big things,” she explains, pulling out a …

Commentary: Time for Some Emmy Reform

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The only thing to do after the prime-time Emmys are over (quick, before everyone conveniently forgets who won what) is to gripe about the shut-outs and snubs. Exasperated True Detective fans are unsatisfied with Monday’s night’s Breaking Bad sweep, even if we can all agree that Breaking Bad …

Amazon Seeks to Reach More Viewers With ‘Hand of God’

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Los Angeles — Dana Delany had an urge. While playing the take-no-prisoners wife of a law-bending judge in the upcoming Amazon pilot Hand of God, an indecent inclination by the veteran actress conflicted with the instincts she’d developed …