A Scavenger Hunt for the Roots of Today’s Culture

In the course of their careers, public relations pros build a long list of areas they need to study—how various industries operate, differences among markets, cultural traits globally, digital devices, media preferences and processes, not to mention grammar,...

The Novelist’s Predicament: Who’s Our Villain Now?

The deaths this year of two infamous characters—Osama bin Laden and Moammar Gadhafi—creates an increasingly severe predicament for novelists. Since the Cold War Era, and even before, mystery and adventure writers have focused plot lines around the...