Meghan Ruiz

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The Nordic Novel ‘A Man Called Ove’ Is a Sleeper Hit

Even the popular fiction coming out of Scandinavia—think Stieg Larsson—is dark and bleak, which makes the success of A Man Called Ove an even more …

The Long, Strange Hunt for the Folk Singer Who Thought He Was the Next Messiah

It took author Mike Stax 15 years to make sense of the life and times of the musician Craig Smith, who was on the brink of fame before something inside him snapped.<p>You don't know his name now, but there was a time when Craig Smith was on the path to becoming a star. In the early 60s, the …

Songwriting

These Artists Turn Your Kids' Doodles Into Wearable Jewelry

Parents can now wear their hearts on their sleeves — or on their wrists or around their necks.<p>Tasarım Takarım, a 2-year-old Turkish jewelry company, converts children’s drawings into cufflinks, bracelets and necklaces, among other items.<p>“It’s like a single moment of someone’s childhood becomes …

Jewelry

How to Make Pan-Fried Vegetable Dumplings

I grew up eating one type of dumpling—the ones my mom made. They were juicy, with the perfect combination of lean and fatty pork, and just the right amount of napa cabbage and shiitake mushrooms. I had no desire to try any other types of dumplings because these were <i>it</i>. Why try to seek perfection …

Why ‘Mein Kampf’ Is a Must-Read Now

Now in the public domain, Hitler’s infamous book has been republished in a scholarly edition. It’s time to confront it head on.<p>One of the welcome …