Wat Dhammakaya | The Temple of Discord

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Remembering the past, and editing along the way

A film that explores the latent longings and regrets of a cranky, self-absorbed septuagenarian might sound like a tough sell. But when we’re dealing with a performance as

Laukkanen’s brisk pacing gives urgency to ‘Forgotten Girls’

T he frigid northwest provides a fitting background for “The Forgotten Girls,” Owen Laukkanen’s sixth chilling police procedural featuring Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere of the joint

Paul Shaffer and his dangerous band show their chops

Paul Shaffer, David Letterman’s long-time nutty bandleader, recaptures some of the old TV magic on his new album with The World’s Most Dangerous Band and help from

News of the World | What’s behind conflict at sprawling Bangkok temple

It’s more than eight times bigger than Vatican City and twice the size of Cambodia’s ancient Angkor Wat, making it quite possibly the world’s

The Pride of Peru III

(Continued from “The Pride of Peru II” on 10 March 2017) Pisco is, in a nutshell, a double-distilled grape must-based aguardiente, i.e. brandy. The term Pisco originated

Travelog | Fado, sardines and the Age of Exploration: A visit to Lisbon

Have you ever heard a song so tender and soulful it brought you to tears, even though you couldn’t understand a word? That’s how I feel about fado, a

Coral reefs | A matter of survival

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In ‘Skull Island,’ Kong gets drafted into Vietnam

Not since Marlon Brando in “Apocalypse Now” murmured of “the horror” has such a brooding beast lurked deep within a war-ravaged jungle as the King Kong of

Funny, first novel about freshman love at Harvard

The Idiot,” Elif Batuman’s beautifully written first novel, is a wry, funny coming-of- age story set at the dawn of email among a group of Harvard brainiacs too

Ed Sheeran shows vast talent in new album ‘Divide’

Don’t believe the title of Ed Sheeran’s new album. He doesn’t want to divide. His math this time is all about compiling, accumulating. On “Divide,” the

News of the world | Scientists race to prevent wipeout of world’s coral reefs

There were startling colors here just a year ago, a dazzling array of life beneath the waves. Now this Maldivian reef is dead, killed by the stress of rising ocean

The Valley of Green Grass

Of the 100 or so operating single malt distilleries in Scotland, Glenfarclas stands out as a little rarity. In a world increasingly inundated with NAS (no age statement)

Chickpea crepes boast flavor and nutrition

I’ve always loved crepes, those elegant, paper-thin French pancakes. They’re great containers for any filling and — as long as you have the proper pan —

Lookin’ lazy at the sea…

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‘Logan’ a satisfying end for Jackman’s Wolverine

Logan” is not for the faint of heart — not just because of its brutal violence, but because it packs an emotional wallop you don’t typically