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Friday, November 30, 2001


Help Wanted
by Jennifer Barrett, Newsweek
The federal government stands to lose half its workforce to retirement in the next three years, and its having a hard time finding replacements.

Tech & Science

Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Computer
by Tania Hershman, Wired News
Computers have come in many shapes, sizes and colors, but never, until now, in a test tube.


In New York, Store Windows Reflect The Times
by Robin Givhan, Washington Post
For the holidays, retailers opt for subdued, nostalgic.

Dressing Up In Strange Times: From Sparkle To Sputter
by Ginia Bellafante, New York Times
The fear of looking too self-enamored (if not hte fear of behaving so) has resulted in a chaotic hodgepodge of sartorial display.

Inviting Birds For Dinner (But Not To Be Eaten)
by James Gorman, New York Times
I should point out at the start, to avoid dashed expectations, that I'm not going to talk about defeating squirrels.

Writing Up Menus: It's A Subtle Art
by Leslee Komaiko, Los Angeles Times
For starters, always say "stewed," never "boiled."

Thursday, November 29, 2001


Taking Liberties
by Jacob Weisberg, Slate
If American history teaches us that freedom often suffers in wartime, it also teaches that it often suffers gratuitously.

Tech & Science

In The Bronx, An Ounce Of Connection
by Yilu Zhao, new York Times
Entering the lobby of the new Children's Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, one can hardly tell it's a hopstial, at least not a hospital in this century.

Engineers Have A Culprit In The Strange Collapse Of 7 World Trade Center: Diesel Fuel
by James Glanz, New York Times
"We know what happened at 1 and 2, but why did 7 come down?"


Christmas Past In The House That Jimmy (And Rosalynn) Built
by John leland, New York Times
"I realized I could write about how Christmas in its essence has not changed, but my life has changed."

Buffy's Will-To-Power
by Stephanie Zacharek, Salon
More daring than ever, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is glorious and revelatory in its willingness to face up to the messiness and potential danger of sex.

The Ultimate One-Man Show
by Jessica Dawson, Washington Post
Anthony Goicolea plays all the parts in his provocative photographs.

Is This Seat Worth $14?
by Jon Burlingame, Los Angeles Times
L.A. moviegoers have a new option: The "upscale cinema."

Gifts With A Certain Presence
by Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
Holiday gift wrap has shot way beyond the drugstore cellophane-wrapped rolls with the matching loopy stick-on bows.

Wednesday, November 28, 2001


Norman Granz, The Soul Of Jazz
by Richard Harrington, Washington Post
In the mid-'40s, jazz needed a Norman Granz, a forward-thinking entrepreneur with an instinct for social justice.

Now You're A Parent, Now You Aren't
by David Tuller, Salon
A California procedure used by same-sex partners to become legal parents is declared illegal, a move that could invalidate thousands of adoptions.

In Chinatown, A Taste Of Revival
by Regina Schrambling, New York Times
Restaurant business still appears to be the brightest spot in the neighborhood's economy.

Writing, And Living, The Lit Life
by Dinitia Smith, New York Times
"It hit me like a bullet," Mr Wenzel remembered recently. He wanted to write a novel!

Miami Beach Art Deco: When More Was More
by Wayne Curtis, New York Times
Miami Beach in the 1950's and 60's defined swank.

Tuesday, November 27, 2001

Tech & Science

Some Casualties Of Downturn Are Leaving Tech Behind
by Jennifer Bjorhus, San Jose Mercury News
Laid-off tech workers and career counselors are reporting a deep ambivalence about returning to the fast-paced industry that sent fortunes rocketing and then crashing.

A Breakthrough On Cloning? Perhaps, Or Perhaps Not Yet
by Gina Kolata with Andrew Pollack, New York Times
Whatever the scientific significance of Dr. West's announcement, its political significance was profound.

Memo To Airports: Hire Big Brother
by Peter J. Ognibene, Salon
Rigorous preflight screening of air travelers is the best way to prevent future terrorist attacks.


Bring It Home
by Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle
Norman Rockwell and thomas Eakins retrospectives reflect an America more certain of itself.

Jean-Louis, Cooking With The Palate Of An Artist
by Tom Sietsema, Washington Post
A good meal, after all, is a performance that lasts all too briefly, in the physical sense, as its audience literally devours the handiwork of its creator.

A War Game (Sort Of), But You Can't Control Action
by Matthew Mirapaul, New York Times
War is no trivial pursuit, and Mr. Klima risks reducing a flesh-and-blood conflict to a danger-free diversion.

$10 A Foot
by Steven E. Landsburg, Slate
Should we stop Paul Morgan from amputating his feet on the Web?

Monday, November 26, 2001

Tech & Science

The Shock Of The Old
by Edward Tenner, MIT Technology Review
On September 11, a nation primed for a futuristic attack failed to foresee a low-tech assault. Why?


Morning No Longer Belongs To 'Today'
by David Bauder, Associated Press
The curtain may be coming down on a period of remarkable television dominance by NBC's "Today" show.

A Shrine To Miami's Angel Who Flew Away
by Sue Anne Pressley, Washington Post
It is like the bedroom of a child who died, whose family cannot bear the thought of packing away his things, of dismantling the evidence that he once existed.

Sunday, November 25, 2001

Tech & Science

XM Rocks Into Void Left By Uninspired FM Radio Offerings
by Rob Pegorarao, Washington Post
They sound as though they are run by people who actually like music.


"Harry's" Trailers Come With A Hitch
by Paul Farhi, Washington Post
Warners forces theatres to run double the usual film previews.

A Small Food Thing
by Amanda Hesser, New York Times
"You have to eat and keep going," he says. "Eating is a small, good thing at a time like this."

How Edward Teller Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb
by Richard Rhodes, New York Times
They have almost all departed, the remarkable men and women who discovered how to release nuclear energy and then applied that knowledge to build the formidable weapons.

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