A Bman carries a red heart balloon for Valentine's day in Sofia, Monday, Feb. 14, 2011. Valentina Petrova/AP Photo.

Where love and hate intersect

Page after page, Gaius Valerius Catullus’s all-too-human love is all too familiar to the contemporary reader. As modern as Shakespeare’s or Camoes’s sixteenth-century sonnets feel, Catullus’s poems from sixteen centuries earlier do not feel a day older.

President Barack Obama, left, talks with Jon Stewart, host of "The Daily Show" during a taping on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in New York. Evan Vucci/AP Photo.

Jon Stewart is back in the big chair. But what about his courage?

Comedy Central is betting that Stewart plus Trump will equal ratings, but his old fans have loftier ambitions for him. They hope that Stewart will provide the kind of opposition to Donald Trump that neither Kamala Harris nor Joe Biden can. But will the 60-year-old comedian play along? Or will his conscience get the better of him?

A cook prepares a poutine in Montreal on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press.

The ten best things I put in my mouth in 2023

Each entry is an honest reaction to something that soothed, stroked, or smacked the palate, as the occasion demanded. Some would have been extraordinary under any circumstances, while others were (as true delights usually are) a matter of the right time and place.