Wal-Mart empress gifts America new cultural Mecca

by Marisa Martin -- Wal-Mart is known for bringing its customers just about anything. The bulky, white boxes dot the planet, sporting teabags and trousers, mousetraps and – in China – crocodiles. more…

Disney movies: Divine or diabolical?

by Drew Zahn's column -- When my wife and I were new parents, our parents (the generation today in their 60s) didn't understand: Just because something is animated doesn't mean I want my more…

9/11 art: The good, the bad, the truly disgusting

by Marisa Martin -- "The Blistering Plume" by Donna Levinstone On 9/11 fear and anger and grief temporarily galvanized Americans into one united front. Flags, anthems and prayers ascended with the smoke, more…

Genesis, 'unauthorized' version

by Marisa Martin -- Joseph from "Illustrated Genesis," by R. Crumb Robert (R.) Crumb, one of the principle voices and a pillar of 1960s counter culture, has done something almost unimaginable – more…

Jewish agents hunt down Nazi killer

by Drew Zahn's column -- "The Debt" is the story of three Israeli Mossad agents – two who are children of Holocaust victims, a third whose ambition is driving him upward in the more…

Art from hell

by Marisa Martin -- In 1953 North Koreans were buried alive under a totality of almost impenetrable darkness. Since then the outside world has only begun to imagine their pain and terror more…

Afraid of the dark? You'd better be

by Drew Zahn's column -- In a new horror movie in theaters this weekend, little Sally knows to be true what her parents stubbornly refuse to believe: There's something to be afraid of more…