Sideways Glance

The World is a curious place, and we mean that in more ways than one. Events around the globe always raise a lot of questions here in our Boston newsroom. Some of the questions we ask tackle a story head on - the who, what, when and where. But other questions, usually the why, can lead down less traveled, more interesting roads. And that's where Sideways Glance comes in. One of us finds a global story that hits us where we live – that makes us do a double, or even triple take, and then we dig in to learn more. The result? You can often find out more about a person, place or thing by taking a Sideways Glance than by looking at it straight on. The World's Clark Boyd serves as curator of our Sideways Glance segment.

Arts, Culture & Media

Finding the courage to write about cowardice

"Coward. Chicken. Yellow-belly." Those were insults the French used against the gunmen who carried out the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January. Cowardice, in fact, is currently enjoying a bit of global resurgence as a put-down. So much so that Boston University professor Chris Walsh decided it was time to write a book about the subject. The first hurdle? Finding source material.