... Sweet Jane Smiley reviews Jose Saramago: An author pondering, not fearing, death.
... Carlin Romano ponders hypocrisy: An 'inevitable' part of democratic life.
... Desmond Ryan savors The ruthless, rapacious Borgias.
... I savor a classic: From Lourdes, a still-inspiring story.
... Christine Ma looks ar Scarface Nation: Say hello to a cinematic phenomenon.
... Paula Marantz Cohen praises - as one must - Fred Astaire: A hoofer deserving a place on a pedestal.