Chicago blogger Luvvie Ajayi offers wit, wisdom in new book ‘I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual’

“I’m Judging You” By Luvvie AjayiHenry Holt (256 pages, $17)The wit of culture blogger Luvvie Ajayi (AwesomelyLuvvie.com) has earned her quite the following.She has been called upon by the likes of McDonald’s, Comcast and win...

‘Children of the New World’ finds virtual realities disenchanting

“Children of the New World” By Alexander WeinsteinPicador (240 pages, $16)The typical protagonist of Alexander Weinstein’s cautionary tales in “Children of the New World” is a man who could benefit from reading these stories...

My Hometown: Springsteen launches book tour in New Jersey

FREEHOLD, New Jersey (AP) -- The Boss was back in his hometown.   Bruce Springsteen’s latest tour opened Tuesday, and the rocker who usually lets his songs do the talking yielded to fans to take a turn and share their stories of...

Mara Wilson is not Matilda anymore

When Mara Wilson was a little girl, Hollywood couldn’t get enough of her.She was one of those child actors who seemed preternaturally mature. Her vocabulary was surprisingly expansive. She could carry on full-blown conversations ...

ICC sentences jihadist to 9 years in jail for attacks on Timbuktu UNESCO site

THE HAGUE (AFP) -- War crimes judges jailed a Malian jihadist Tuesday for nine years for demolishing Timbuktu’s fabled shrines, a landmark ruling seen as a warning that destroying mankind’s heritage will not go unpunished.In the...

Iraq opens new antiquities museum in Basra

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq opened a new antiquities museum in the southern city of Basra on Tuesday with pottery, coins and other artifacts dating back more than 2,000 years.Only one hall was opened due to a shortage of funds, Qahtan al...

Experts call for UNESCO listing of S. Korea’s ancient education institution

South Korean scholars have highlighted the significance of the country’s oldest historical educational institution, papers showed Wednesday, as the Seoul city government pushes to list it as a UNESCO world cultural heritage site....

Expats join in Zandari music bonanza

Venues across Hongdae will open their doors for a multistage showcase festival this weekend.Zandari Festa’s acts are mostly Korean, including well-known acts such as Crying Nut and Kingston Rudieska, but also visiting acts -- par...

NK rights campaign film gets global release

An expat-made documentary on campaigners for North Korean human rights has arranged distribution for release in more than 100 countries this fall.“While They Watched” won awards at over 12 international festivals and was listed ...

Demand on the rise for Han River’s cruise ship

The Han River’s multipurpose cruise ship Araho will continue to expand its onboard cultural services to lure more visitors, the Seoul Metropolitan Government said Monday.Akin to the well-known Bateau Mouche boats on the River Sei...

[Foreigners Who Loved Korea] Soong Meiling, China’s first lady who aided Korea’s independence movement

Soong Meiling was born in 1898 as the third daughter of a wealthy businessman in Shanghai, China.She was educated in the West and threw herself into assisting her husband Chiang Kai-shek when he became China’s top political leade...

Singapore scion buys 49 percent stake in Rolling Stone

SINGAPORE (AFP) -- A Singapore firm headed by a scion of one of Asia's richest families has bought a 49 percent stake in Rolling Stone, with plans to diversify the iconic magazine into new business including live events and mercha...

China's No. 1 social commerce site to pick best Seoul restaurants

China's largest food delivery and group buying website will pick the hottest restaurants in Seoul to help a growing number of individual travelers find the best places to eat, the state-run tourism agency here said Tuesday. The st...

Koreans with insomnia on the rise: data

The number of South Koreans with sleeping disorders has been increasing over the past few years, data showed Tuesday, urging the government to come up with campaigns on the proper use of related treatment drugs.According to the da...

Syrian poet Adonis says poetry 'can save Arab world'

GOTHENBURG, Sweden (AFP) -- Noted Syrian poet Adonis, whose name surfaces regularly as a top contender for the Nobel literature prize, says religious fanaticism is “destroying the heart of the Arab world,” but sees salvation in ...