In July, when I told friends I was taking a tour of Ukraine and Moldova, they were baffled. “Why?” they asked. It sounded like vacationing in Lower Slobbovia. We did not know—at that exact time in July—that President Donald Trump was pressuring Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky to dig up dirt about former Vice President Joe Biden, nor that in a short time, Ukraine would be leading the world news. So why, indeed, was I going? Well, my father’s parents came from Odessa, which was then part of Russia though now it’s in Ukraine. I was curious to see the Jewish quarter where they’d lived, taste the dishes they’d eaten, like gefilte chicken neck, and look out at the Black Sea. But the real reason was that a friend from my days at U.C. Berkeley, Tracy Johnston, had invited me to come. At Berkeley in the ’60s, Tracy was a much-admired beauty, smart, funny, and adventurous. She taught me how to backpack in the Sierras, … [Read more...] about Here’s a Story About Ukraine That’s Actually Fun to Read
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Did the Queen and Prince Philip ever take a moment to look at their children and wonder, “how did we mess up so much?” Unlikely with Philip, not inclined to self-reflection. The Queen? Maybe. Whatever the truth, this is a question you’ll probably be asking yourself as the third season of The Crown unspools on Netflix… and the fourth, and the fifth… Quite a bit of the forthcoming action in the royal family can be attributed to the Windsor record in parenting. We’ve already seen how Prince Charles was dispatched to the penitential horrors of the Spartan academy of Gordonstoun in Scotland, which Charles himself memorialized as “Colditz in kilts.” This is, after all, not a model family when it comes to life outcomes: three of the four kids were destined to have marriages that ended in divorce, a precipitate change in royal fashion and custom since there hadn’t been a divorce in the family since 1901. When the new season begins … [Read more...] about ‘The Crown’ Shows Us the Worst of Royal Parenting—and Its Dark Consequences
Fiction 1. Blue Moon by Lee Child. Jack Reacher gets caught up in a turf war between Ukrainian and Albanian gangs. 2. The Guardians by John Grisham. Cullen Post, a lawyer and Episcopal minister, antagonizes some ruthless killers when he takes on a wrongful conviction case. 3. The Night Fire by Michael Connelly. Harry Bosch and Renée Ballard return to take up a case that held the attention of Bosch’s mentor. 4. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. In a quiet town on the North Carolina coast in 1969, a young woman who survived alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect. 5. Find Me by André Aciman. Years after the events of “Call Me by Your Name,” Elio has become a classically trained pianist in Paris while Oliver is a New England college professor with a family. 6. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. A sibling relationship is impacted when the family goes from poverty to wealth and back again over the course of many decades. 7. The Giver of Stars … [Read more...] about Bestsellers: Nov. 17
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah dominated yet another opponent on both sides of the ball. The No. 8 Utes smothered UCLA on offense and shredded the Bruins on defense on their way to a 49-3 victory on Saturday night. It was the largest margin of victory for Utah in a Pac-12 game. Utah (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12, No. 7 CFP) also beat the Bruins for a fourth straight season. On offense, the Utes totaled 536 yards and rushed for 201 yards. Their domination was equally pronounced on defense. UCLA (4-6, 4-3 Pac-12) saw a three-game winning streak end after it committed five turnovers and averaged just 3.7 yards per play. The Bruins finished with 50 rushing yards after losing 81 total yards on sacks and tackles for loss. “We certainly won the rushing battle and controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. The Utes wanted to prove they were the more physical team and proved it over 60 minutes. Utah's ability to be disruptive on every play caused the … [Read more...] about No. 8 Utah routs UCLA 49-3 to improve to 9-1.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Labanc had a goal, two assists and the shootout winner as the San Jose Sharks beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 Saturday night for their sixth straight win. Logan Couture had three assists and Erik Karlsson and Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored for San Jose. Andreas Athanasiou scored twice and Taro Hirose added one for Detroit, which has dropped 12 of 16. The Sharks moved to .500 (10-10-1) for the first time since they were 3-3 on Oct. 15. Jones had 25 saves and stopped all three Red Wings attempts in the shootout. Jimmy Howard had 16 saves and stopped 2 of 3 shootout attempts. Athanasiou tied it at 3 by scoring his fifth of the season with 4:14 left. He took a no-look pass from Valtteri Filppula on a 2-on-1 and fired a 35-footer past Martin Jones. Karlsson broke a 2-2 tie at 12:32 of the second on a power play. Labanc snapped a streak of eight games without a goal when he scored his sixth with just under a minute left in the first of a scoreless game. He … [Read more...] about Sharks top Red Wings 4-3 in shootout for sixth straight win