October 7, 2012
From the Ruins of Empire The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia By Pankaj Mishra Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 368 pp. $27. Reviewed by Madhusree Mukerjee 'The minstrel, and the music, and the melody have all changed," lamented poet Akbar Illahabadi after the crushing of India's 1857 rebellion against the British East India Company. The last of the Mughal emperors was gone, his sons dead, their dazzling capital of Delhi razed. Nature herself had been transformed: "Another kind of rain falls from the sky; another kind of grain grows in the fields.
September 26, 2012
Akin stays in race as deadline passes JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Embattled GOP Rep. Todd Akin has made good on his promise to stay in Missouri's U.S. Senate race despite calls by top Republicans to quit after his comments about rape. The final deadline for candidates to remove their names from the Missouri ballot passed Tuesday as Akin began a statewide bus tour. Akin is trying to unseat Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. Akin has repeatedly apologized since saying during a television interview in August that women's bodies have ways of averting pregnancy in cases of what he called "legitimate rape.
August 25, 2012 |
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Tropical Storm Isaac churned toward the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Thursday, threatening to strengthen into a hurricane that could take a shot at Florida just as the Republicans gather for their national convention. The storm dumped heavy rain across eastern and southern Puerto Rico and whipped up waves as high as 10 feet in the Caribbean as it moved through the region. U.S. forecasters said Isaac could become a Category 1 hurricane Friday as it approaches the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
July 19, 2012 |
KNOW HOW a summer cold, likely caused by walking into freezing AC after walking along melting streets caused by global warming (IS NOT! IS TOO!) can just put you in a mood? That's where I am. So my tolerance for the billion-dollar nonsense masquerading as a presidential campaign is at this point really, really low. The RomBama stuff about Bain and who's a liar, about tax returns and who's a sneak, about who most loves the middle class and who's an elite, disconnected (fill in the blank)
June 25, 2012 |
For most of my life, when each college basketball season began, I was always comforted with the knowledge that I could name every team in every conference, from the Atlantic 10 to the WAC. That comfort began to ebb a few years ago. It has now evaporated. The problem comes not because some basketball Oz thought confusing the public (and me) made sense. It is not because all the conference musical chairs made sense. No, it is because of football. So why does college football essentially decide who plays college basketball in what league?
May 24, 2012 |
"America's Got Talent" is off to a slow start this summer and reasons why abound. Is it because Howard Stern's presence has turned off a portion of the show's fan base wary of the shock jock's radio persona? Because the first-run competition is much tougher so far than last year's rerun competition, and the show's ratings will rise as it gets deeper into summer? Or have people realized that the show is, to put it simply ... worse? While Tattle has long been a fan of the cheerful, low-key, "Britain's Got Talent," this year's "AGT" has given short shrift to variety-show charm (and quality acts)
May 11, 2012
Q: My husband's ex-wife always guilt-trips her daughter into going all out for her on her birthday and on Mother's Day. My stepdaughter gets a very small allowance, so her dad is the one who has to pay. I think this is his ex-wife's way of sticking it to my husband, above and beyond the hefty child support and alimony she already gets. I want to put a stop to this, but I don't want to be a wicked stepmother. Please respond quickly. I overhead my stepdaughter tell my husband that her mother wants a certain Michael Kors watch, and the thought of that going on the credit card we both pay for makes me want to scream.
April 10, 2012 |
The ballpark was funereal Monday, and Ryan Howard leaned against the railing, seven feet from the Phillies on-deck circle. It was the sixth inning, and a 6-2 Marlins victory in the 2012 opening of Citizens Bank Park was long decided. Charlie Manuel saw his sidelined slugger standing alone, arms crossed and his head resting on them. So the manager joined him. An inning later, with the crack of a bat, both looked up. Now Manuel was closer to Howard, with his left foot on the warning-track dirt.
March 5, 2012 |
HENRYVILLE, Ind. - St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church has always been a gathering point for Henryville, never more so than now. Under a roof with a patched-up six-foot hole, dozens gathered Sunday not just to worship but to check on neighbors and get updates on the devastation from last week's tornadoes. Along the Ohio River between Indiana and Kentucky, where small towns were nearly wiped from the map, the damage is clear from a trail of smashed homes, downed trees, and lost lives.
February 23, 2012 |
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - As families of the 185 people killed in the Christchurch earthquake marked Wednesday's one-year anniversary of the disaster, signs of a city still broken were all around them. Hundreds of wrecked buildings downtown are waiting to be torn down so reconstruction can begin in earnest - many of them within sight of the morning ceremony at Latimer Square. The slow pace of recovery is drawing criticism from residents and developers as it wears at the reputation of Mayor Bob Parker, who was praised in the days after the quake for his leadership and for calmly articulating the pain and frustration many were feeling.