Forget the Cold War?

by Richard Grenier -- "East-West," the new Franco-Russian film, begins on shipboard on the Mediterranean at the end of World War II. The ship is bursting with joy. The passengers have just more…

Unpacking intellectual baggage

by Richard Grenier -- Beyond question Tom Wolfe is the most brilliant, intelligent, witty writer of his generation. He has learning beyond the expectations of most readers of today's novels, but his more…

The plague of the millennium

by Richard Grenier -- The greatest known plague in human history was the Black Death. A colossal outbreak began in Constantinople in 1334, and it spread rapidly throughout Europe (returning Crusaders were more…

Men against the sea

by Richard Grenier -- One midwinter day off the coast of Massachusetts, a fishing vessel picked up a bottle enclosing a note. The ship was on the Georges Bank, one of the more…

God or 'Sex and the City'

by Richard Grenier -- I have a fairly simple rule: Not to write about anything I know nothing about. This sounds easier than it is. "Sex and the City," a great HBO more…

How Mel Gibson won the American revolution

by Richard Grenier -- At the outbreak of the American Revolution, Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) is at home on his South Carolina plantation building a rocking chair. A dispatch rider arrives with more…

Gore and the iced tea ploy

by Richard Grenier -- In the cloud of euphoria that accompanied Bill Clinton to the White House seven years ago, he made a high-minded prediction about the extreme ethical nature soon to more…

How Christians took an empire

by Richard Grenier -- Who is the Nazarene? You see? With all those hours in church and Sunday school you must have heard him referred to dozens of times. But where is more…

Questing in Montreal

by Richard Grenier -- Once again I've weathered Memorial Day. But still without remembering just what it is I'm supposed to remember. It's all hidden behind a haze induced by a French more…

Popular elections aren't the same

by Richard Grenier -- If you'd called an American news agency late last Wednesday afternoon the answer would have been that the outcome of the House vote was still undecided. If you'd more…