Life & Times

The paper filters in "The Drinkable Book," from Carnegie Mellon University's Theresa Dankovich. (Photo courtesy Brian Gartside/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS)

The Book on Clean Water

Monday, August 31, 2015

Pittsburgh — Can bacteria-killing filter paper packaged in the form of a convenient book help people around the globe gain access to clean drinking water? …

The Outside Story: Snakes and Toads Eat Garden Pests

Monday, August 31, 2015

Encountering a snake in the garden causes many people to shriek or even panic. Yet snakes and another often unloved creature, the American toad, are …

Racing Across Generations

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Little League. Theater camp. Swim team. All summertime activities for kids, with their families cheering them on from the sidelines. In Canaan, motocross racing is …

Movie Review: ‘Friends’ Lacks the Courage of Its Convictions

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The style of music known as EDM, short for electronic dance music, can sometimes be made by someone alone on a laptop with a pair of headphones, then played at throbbing volume for enormous high-energy crowds. That tension …

Movie Review: Flee From ‘No Escape’

Saturday, August 29, 2015

If you’ve really been wanting to see endless shots of Owen Wilson running, sometimes while carrying a medium-sized child, the thriller No Escape might be just for you. Those looking for nuanced screenplays, believable characters, and movies that …

New England Scenery

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Brookfield, Vt. — The most famous landmark in Brookfield is the Floating Bridge, which sits directly atop the water of Sunset Lake in the center of this picturesque Vermont village. It also hangs suspended above the stage at …

Didion Bio Offers Little Beyond Her Own Writing

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion by Tracy Daugherty; St. Martin’s Press (752 pages; $35) Someday someone will write a biography worthy of Joan Didion, an author known for her razor-sharp insights and crystalline style. …

I’m a Duke Freshman. Here’s Why I Refused to Read ‘Fun Home.’

Thursday, August 27, 2015

As a Christian, I knew that my beliefs and identity would be challenged at a progressive university like Duke. My first challenge came well before I arrived on campus, when I learned that all first years were assigned Fun Home, a graphic novel by Vermont cartoonist Alison Bechdel. …

National Gallery’s Show of Photobooks Follows in Footsteps of Robert Frank

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Washington — From the earliest days of photography, images were collected in albums, the way a botanist might save pressed flowers. All that changed in 1959 with the publication of Robert Frank’s photobook The Americans. With this collection …

British ‘Detectorists’ on Acorn TV Digs Up a Comedy Treasure

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Detectorists, a wonderful sitcom set in the south of England among a group of treasure hunters and the winner of the 2015 BAFTA award for scripted comedy, has crossed the Atlantic by way of the streaming subscription service …

Diversity Lags Among TV Directors

Thursday, August 27, 2015

With all this talk of too much TV, there still isn’t an overabundance of female and minority directors behind the camera. That’s according to the Directors Guild of America’s latest report analyzing the gender and ethnicity of directors hired by prime-time television shows across broadcast and cable networks, …

Fresh Air

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Chris Hanshaw, of Boylston, Mass., reads the New York Times Style Magazine while waiting for her laundry to finish up at The Wash Cycle in Fairlee on Tuesday. “I don’t know if I’ll pick up any style tips …

Curator Who Vanished Now Wants to Tell Her Story

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The reporters staked her out. The investigators said she conspired with crooked dealers. And her museum colleagues seemed content to watch her disappear, as if one of the world’s most powerful, respected and sought-after art historians deserved to …