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Apr 16, 2010

Tolkien says he’s finally left grandfather’s shadow

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Until he reached the age of 40, Simon Tolkien was sure of one thing; he could not write.

After all, his late grandfather J.R.R. Tolkien, famed for “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit,” was the author in the family, and he was a London criminal barrister.

Apr 8, 2010

“Male Brain” book sheds light on how men think

NEW YORK, April 8 (Reuters) – Men are built to have a
lustful, wandering eye but women should not worry that their
partners will stray like Tiger Woods.

So says the author of the new book “The Male Brain,”
psychiatrist Louann Brizendine, known for her bestseller “The
Female Brain.”

Apr 6, 2010

Hollywood mogul recalls Elvis, Sinatra in new memoir

NEW YORK (Reuters) – For decades he has worked with everyone from Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra to Brad Pitt and George Clooney, but now it’s Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub’s turn to take center stage and shine like a star.

And as he promotes his page-turning memoir “When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead — Useful Stories from a Persuasive Man,” the Bronx kid turned movie mogul is not lacking in confidence.

Mar 30, 2010

Economist Johnson urges breakup of big U.S. banks

NEW YORK (Reuters) – America’s big banks must be broken up and their risk-taking curtailed or the world’s richest economy will face another massive financial crisis, former IMF chief economist Simon Johnson says in a new book.

In “13 Bankers, The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown,” published on Tuesday, Johnson and his co-author James Kwak describe Wall Street as an oligarchy holding the country hostage to its risk-taking.

Mar 16, 2010

Author Lewis says Wall Street reckoning is coming

NEW YORK, March 16 (Reuters) – Wall Street’s biggest banks
could be broken up by the U.S. Congress in the coming year in
an eventual reckoning over the financial meltdown of 2008,
“Liar’s Poker” author Michael Lewis said on Tuesday.

Lewis, promoting his latest book “The Big Short: Inside the
Doomsday Machine” about the crisis, predicted a war will be
waged in Washington as Senate Banking Committee Chairman
Christopher Dodd tries to revamp U.S. financial rules.

Feb 12, 2010

Bill Clinton doing well after heart procedure

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former President Bill Clinton was recovering well on Thursday from a successful procedure to open a blocked artery in his heart after he had experienced chest discomfort, his doctor said.

Clinton, 63, had quadruple heart bypass surgery in 2004 to free up four blocked arteries and the latest incident comes after he has traveled twice to Haiti to help recovery efforts after a devastating earthquake there.

Feb 11, 2010

Bill Clinton in good spirits after heart procedure

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former President Bill Clinton underwent a successful heart procedure on Thursday to open a blocked artery in his heart with two stents after he had experienced chest discomfort, his spokesman said.

Clinton, 63, had quadruple heart bypass surgery in 2004 to free up four blocked arteries and the latest incident comes after he has traveled twice to Haiti to help recovery efforts after a devastating earthquake there.

Oct 25, 2009

At 37, Paul Simon’s son makes his musical mark

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Having suffered more than 15 years of false starts, failures and musical disappointments, singer-songwriter Harper Simon admits he has hardly charted the ideal path to pop stardom like his father, Paul Simon.

The young Simon had always shown musical promise. At age 4 he sang with his dad on the “Sesame Street” children’s TV show. He also attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Now, at 37, the son of one of America’s best known singer-songwriters has finally released his first album.

May 3, 2009
via Global News Journal

Dalai Lama in NY urges Americans to visit Tibet


Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Sunday urged Americans to visit his homeland to disprove China’s assertion that people are happy there.
Speaking in Manhattan, the Tibetan Buddhist, who fled his homeland in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule, said Beijing insists, “Tibetans are very happy.” 
“The Chinese government never admit, never acknowledged there is a problem,” he said. “So now I think the world community has a responsibility to show the world there is a problem.
“If the majority of Tibetan people are happy, then our information becomes wrong, then … we must apologize to the Chinese government,” the Dalai Lama said to laughs from the audience of 1,500 people.
Noting China cast itself as a liberator of Tibet rather than as a colonialist, he said, “A liberator should not bring more misery.
“So please, you, non-Tibetans, go there … and then you must show it to the world,” he said, “I urge you, please go there.”
On April 23, China urged the United States not to let the Dalai Lama, whom Beijing brands a separatist, visit the country. “We oppose the Dalai Lama going to any country to engage in splittist activities under any pretext,” said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu.
The Dalai Lama’s Sunday event was a conversation with former Irish President Mary Robinson.
Robinson, also a former United Nations Human Rights Commissioner, called the lack of progress on human rights in Tibet, “heartbreaking from a human rights point of view.”
The Dalai Lama replied, “I am happy, I hear also one splittist.”
Beijing calls the Dalai Lama a reactionary who seeks to split off nearly a quarter of the land mass of the People’s Republic of China. It has been using its diplomatic clout to try to block the pro-Tibetan message.
The 1989 Nobel Peace laureate denies the charge, saying he seeks greater rights, including religious freedom, and autonomy for Tibetans.
His week-long trip to the United States included a variety of events in California, Boston and New York but does not include a meeting with President Barack Obama.
The Dalai Lama, together with tens of thousands of exiled Tibetans, has lived in India since he fled Lhasa.

Photo credit: Reuters/Eric Thayer. The Dalai Lama listens at the “Wisdom and Compassion for Challenging Times” event in New York May 3, 2009.