Who Owns History?: Rethinking the Past in a Changing World , by Eric Foner. Hill & Wang, 233 pages, $24.
“We must forget the past,” Nelson Mandela once said, hoping that a new South Africa would emerge vengeance-free from its crippling history of apartheid. Eric Foner, a distinguished historian at Columbia University, hears that and Read More
It’s painful to think how an artist as fine and humane as Athol Fugard can see himself as quite suddenly and tragically redundant. You will know that for more than a generation, Mr. Fugard has been the dramatic conscience of South Africa’s agony, and few writers possess a more generous heart. He has never been Read More
Last fall, Mark Nearenberg, a 42-year-old lawyer, suddenly decided to run in the New York City Marathon, even though he was out of shape and hadn’t trained seriously since high school.
Predictably, during the eighth mile, Mr. Nearenberg’s knee blew out. He stopped for 20 minutes while a doctor checked him out, Read More
It was an article of faith in my preadolescence that Ginger Baker, drummer, junkie and founder of the rock trio Cream would never outlive the 60′s (or the early 70′s at the outside). I met and interviewed him this past April, alive (though looking like one of those leering skeleton figures in a medieval woodcut), Read More
Supermodels, particularly this one, are not famous for punctuality, but Ms. Campbell was ahead of schedule. Live television makes her nervous. “You’re supposed to say ‘Break a leg,’ not ‘Good luck,’” she cooed into the phone. On the dressing-room sofa sat the hairdresser, waiting his turn with Naomi at the mirror while, like a veteran Read More