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July 27, 2008 | Kenneth Turan, Kenneth Turan is a Times film critic and former editor of the Book Review.
Say "THE six million" and some will know what you mean, that you're referring to the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust. But knowledge of who those people were and what the outline of their world might have been has been much harder to come by. More than that, our lack of knowledge puts us in danger of having that massive, undifferentiated number stand in for a sophisticated, nuanced reality.
July 25, 2008 | Nicholas A. Basbanes, Special to The Times
HENRY E. Huntington once quipped that "the ownership of a fine library is the surest and swiftest way to immortality" -- words that certainly applied to the remarkable rare-books repository that the California railroad baron built in San Marino during the early years of the 20th century, and a sentiment that may well have inspired the creation of a legendary collection assembled by Matthias Corvinus, a Renaissance monarch who ruled Hungary from 1458 to 1490.
June 8, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Yale University has approved plans for its largest expansion in decades, changes that will allow it to raise enrollment by 15%, school President Richard C. Levin announced. Creating two new residential colleges will increase student enrollment to 6,100, Levin said. It would be Yale's biggest expansion since it began admitting women in 1969.
March 25, 2008 | Nicholas A. Basbanes, Special to The Times
THE 19th century British scholar John Willis Clark once defined a library as a "gigantic mincing-machine into which the labours of the past are flung, to be turned out again in a slightly altered form as the literature of the present." Clark also regarded libraries as museums in the sense that each is "a temple or haunt of the muses," a sanctuary for the intellect where inspiration issues forth in myriad forms by way of countless sources. These thoughts came to mind as I was reading "The Library at Night," Alberto Manguel's latest reflection on the miracle of the written word, especially the sections in which the Argentine-born author pays tribute to the 30,000 books he has assembled so painstakingly over the last five decades.
February 4, 2008 | By Gordon Marino, Special to The Times
JUDGING from recent studies of the college recruiting process, there are more than a few sports stage parents out there. I should know. I was one of them. Yet beyond being constantly told to back off by friends who were frenetically pushing their kids in school, I found scant little coaching for parent coaches. Some good things came of my fanaticism. The boys and I spent an enormous amount of time together, and in the end this helped nurture a level of intimacy and comfort with one another that I am not sure we would have had if I had spent those hours at my computer.
January 27, 2008 | Richard Eder, Richard Eder, a former Times book critic, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.
HE wrote his first book review for the New Republic in 1934, when he was 19, and his last for the New York Review of Books in 1998, weeks before his death at 83. In those 64 years, if you were to reduce magazine format to newspaper column inches, Alfred Kazin produced -- what: a mile of criticism? Two miles? Three?
September 16, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Yale University has agreed to return thousands of Inca artifacts taken from Peru's famed Machu Picchu citadel almost a century ago, the government said. The university said on its website that some of the pieces would remain there temporarily for research, but did not indicate for how long. Peru demanded the collection back last year, saying it never relinquished ownership when Yale's Hiram Bingham III rediscovered Machu Picchu in 1911.
June 19, 2007 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
Charles Lee Remington, the Yale University entomologist who knew everything there is to know about butterflies and moths and used his studies of lepidoptera to provide crucial insights into the process of evolution, died May 31 in Hamden, Conn. He was 85. No cause of death was given by the family. He became a media favorite in the summer of 1996 when he appeared widely on U.S.
May 1, 2007 | Nicholas Thompson, Special to The Times
THE latest book by John Lukacs, a preeminent historian of the mid-20th century, is a pocket biography of George Kennan, the diplomat and framer of much of America's early Cold War policy. The subject is too obscure to make a bestseller, and Lukacs explicitly states that this is a character study and not a major biography. So, what gives? Perhaps there's one simple answer: the Iraq war. If a conflict ever were anathema to Kennan, it would be this one. He died two years ago, at age 101.
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