“Tuches Sleeps With the Dictionary!”Remembering Lester Schonbrun, and the dingy Times Square games parlor where he found a second home.
Farewell, MadibaNelson Mandela’s human flaws, desires, and compromises—as much as his idealism and ability to forgive—helped to make him great.
Dear Abby’s Timeless AdviceThe particular charms of Pauline Phillips’ counsel.
The Heiress and MeI knew Eva Rausing in rehab in the ‘80s. Her death shakes my faith in my own recovery.
The Will To ChangeAdrienne Rich’s death leaves a hole in the culture that can’t easily be filled.
He Was Penn StateIs it appropriate to mourn the death of Joe Paterno?
Elizabeth Taylor, RIPA farewell to the most fleshly of all actresses.
The PeacemakerRichard Holbrooke knew that relationships were the building blocks of diplomacy.
The Boss, My First OneA Yankees bat boy remembers George Steinbrenner.
Farewell, GuruHis hip-hop was so pure, it was almost Puritan.
The Two SalingersHow Jerome killed J.D.
Death of a PoetSaying goodbye to Jim Carroll.
John HughesHe reinvented the teen movie for an entire generation.
Death of the Whiz KidRobert Strange McNamara, 1916-2009.
"What Are They So Scared Of? I'm Just a Little Old Lady." Alison Des Forges, 1942-2009.
Pete Seeger Was Folk MusicEven when his country tried to stifle him, he always overcame.
Roger EbertMentor, prolific sharer of links, cooking philosopher, and lover of the movies.
Marvin MillerHow the greatest union man in sports history shaped the games we watch today.
“Wield a More Subversive Sword!”Writing advice from the scabrously funny, theatrically kvetchy, lovingly profane Maurice Sendak.
“Feeding the Media Is Like Training a Dog”What Andrew Breitbart tried to teach me about journalism.
Present at the Creation
Frank Kameny, the modest, stubborn man who helped start the gay rights movement.
Remembering Daniel Bell, 1919-2011He wrote about everything and was deep about all of it.
Herman LeonardNo one captured the passion and spontaneity of jazz like the late photographer.
Vector of EvilDennis Hopper offered up his worst self for our revulsion and wonder.
Chaos and CashRemembering Malcolm McLaren, huckster extraordinaire.
Oral Roberts and His Green BuickHe launched one of America's few homegrown theologies, the prosperity gospel.
Edward M. Kennedy (1932-2009)The Kennedy who most changed America.
Walter Cronkite, 1916-2009 Watching the anchorman in a news family.
King MichaelThriller was Michael Jackson's masterpiece. It was also his curse.
Rabbit at RestThe best of Updike, the worst of Updike, and why the two are connected.