October 8, 2010 |
Like some other recent Nobel literary laureates, Mario Vargas Llosa, the prolific Peruvian novelist, essayist and playwright and former center-right presidential candidate, has been known as much for his controversial political views as for his books. But Vargas Llosa's politics, like his ironic fiction, are not easily typecast. As a critic of both right- and left-wing authoritarianism, the 74-year-old author has expressed his wariness of utopian thinking, populist cults of personality and the notion that flawed human beings are capable of building an earthly paradise.
September 6, 2009
Arve Henriksen : If you're thirsty for surprising sounds and quietly evocative mood music, look up this sonic explorer from Norway. Imagine Miles Davis remaking "In a Silent Way" inside a snow cave and you have some idea of where this trumpeter's atmospheric ECM release "Cartography" is coming from. There may not be a traditional jazz groove, but if you follow where Henriksen leads, you won't miss it. "Being Human": The premise for this BBC America series sounds like a bad "SNL" sketch -- a ghost, a werewolf and a vampire share an apartment.
January 7, 2008 |
CHICAGO -- To Inuits in the late 1800s, a map was a piece of wood with carved gnarls and pocks representing the coastal inlets of Greenland. To ancient Greeks and early Europeans, maps were flights of fancy and horror, showing beautiful beasts and savage humans of uncharted lands. Eighteenth-century Buddhists saw maps as moral charts juxtaposing landscapes of men's sensual desires and "infinite space."
January 1, 2006 |
"EVERYTHING happens somewhere" would be a good motto for the Ordnance Survey, Britain's premier mapmaker since 1791 and now a leader in computerized map resources and their astounding 21st century applications. The organization, a self-funded agency of the British government, devotes itself to improving modern life through the use of maps and stands as proof that the study of geography is alive and well -- in England, at least. Americans who have heard of the Ordnance Survey (www.ordnancesurvey.
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September 6, 2004 |
David A. Woodward, a noted maps historian and professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has died. He was 61. Woodward died Aug. 25 from cancer of the bile duct and diabetes. Woodward was born Aug. 29, 1942, in Royal Leamington Spa, England, and earned degrees from the University of Wales Swansea and the University of Wisconsin.
October 14, 2002
Your story "Portugal May Have Put America on the Map" (Oct. 6) not only has Magellan as the first European to have officially sighted the Pacific (it was Balboa) but also repeats an old idea as if it were completely new: that an unknown Portuguese explorer ventured as far north as present-day Acapulco up the west side of the Americas, that this was kept "secret" for reasons of state by the Portuguese but that somehow the German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller incorporated this "discovery" into his world map of 1507.