Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an unlikely cultural icon. For most of her two decades on the US Supreme Court, the diminutive 82-year-old grandmother has kept a low profile. When Bill Clinton nominated her in 1993 to be only the second woman, and the first Jewish woman, to sit on America's highest court, Ginsburg was considered "a judge's judge" - and a cautious one at that.
As a short-story writer, I am often asked by friends and family: ''So, when are you going to write a novel?" A literary urban myth persists that a collection of short stories is easier to write and less substantial to read than a novel, as if fewer words mean less work for the writer and less reward for the reader. Yet the opposite is true: every word counts in a short story.
At a hotel in London, one half of the most popular duo in rock history is apologising for keeping me waiting. No worries, I tell him. I don't have anything else on, apart from an interview for the JC later in the day with comedian Jackie Mason. "Isn't he fabulous?" Art Garfunkel says with a smile, taking a seat in the bar. "I'm wild about that guy.
Today, Jews, Christians and Muslims must stand together, in defence of humanity, the sanctity of life, religious freedom and the honour of God himself. The real clash of the 21st century will not be between civilisations or religions, but within them. It will be between those who accept and those who reject the separation of religion and power.
Katherine Hallgarten was just a year old when she became an "enemy alien" in the Second World War. As hysteria against the Germans grew, she and her mother, Ruth Borchard, were removed from London to the Isle of Man. They had no idea when they would return.
They are known for their prodigious creativity and wealth, but for the skeleton in their cupboard, not so much. Yet this month the secret will be out - bubbe de Botton famously used her charm and charisma to spy for Israel.
Boaz Kramer has a strong handshake and, as I soon discover, a strong personality. As a CEO, that's perhaps a good thing, though the organisation he's in charge of is hardly your run-of-the-mill corporation.
Everyone seems to have an Amy Winehouse story. Not always a terribly inspiring one. As the release nears of Asif Kapadia’s controversial new documentary about her short life and painful death, friends are crawling out of the woodwork to speak of how they helped to protect her, family bask in their blood-association and critics are competing to say who first identified her genius.