We Are the Eighth Day, © Melanie Weidner


Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1

To commemorate the 100-year anni­versary of Mark Twain's death, a crack team of editors at the massive Mark Twain Project at the University of California-Berkeley, headed by Harriet Elinor Smith, has produced the first of three volumes of the definitive Auto­biography of Mark Twain. It quickly rose to the top of the best-seller lists.

On Art

A Quiet Place

At the heart of the 23-acre Naramata retreat center in British Columbia is a space for prayer, contemplation and celebration designed by architect Isabel Chen. This very modern chapel is formed by traditional Christian symbols. The floor plan is in the shape of a fish. The space includes a small, contained area, like a tomb, as well as a huge wall of windows, suggesting the light of the resurrection, through which one looks out on creation. The space is warm and fragrant thanks to huge wooden beams reclaimed from old buildings.

Lois Huey-Heck


Bill Cunningham New York

Directed by Richard Press

This invigorating documentary offers a poignant portrait of a life devoted to the pursuit of beauty. Cunningham, a photographer who documents fashion in his long-running New York Times column, is both an artist and a social commentator, though far too modest to describe himself as either.