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Thursday, January 31, 2002

Tech & Science

New Tools Are Freeing TV Journalists To Roam
by Susan E. Reed, New York Times
For all its utility in showing a correspondent on the front lines, the videophone did not show much action there.

Blazing A Trail Before A Single Tree Falls
by Julia Lawlor, New York Times
Today ski trail design is an exacting art.


Put Yourself In The Picture
by Hillary Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Collecting art isn't just for the rich and famous. All it takes to get started is a bit of cash and a lot of gallery browsing.

A Welcome Home
by Ted Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Architect returns to make crime-riddled East L.A. projects of his youth more attractive and livable.

Frappe Society: The Trend To Blend
by Linton Weeks, Washington Post
Time was, you could tell a cookie from a candy bar, a spoon from a fork, a restaurant from a playground and a hot dog from a hen. But then began the blending of America.


Celeb Web Logs: Too Much Information?
by Catherine Donaldson-Evans, Fox News
Become one of Mariah Carey's "lambs" and peak into her stream of consciousness, read RuPaul's descriptions of jaunts to drag-queen joints or scan Moby's account of removing a toothpaste stain from the crotch of his pants.

Wednesday, January 30, 2002


A Few Rounds Of Applause For George W. Bush
by Tom Shales, Washington Post
George W. Bush managed to make the first State of the Union speech of the new recession a fairly triumphal event.

The Press's Businesses...
by Russ Lewis, Washington Post
Yes, there should continue to be a fundamental difference between the public accountability of government and business. But publicly owned corporations ought to be made more accessible and accountable.

Tech & Science

Of Trek And TiVo
by Henry Jenkins, Technology Review
Modern gadgetry looks like something from Star Trek. But it usually works like something from Gilligan's Island.


Now What?
by Hugh Elliott, Salon
When a doctor assured me AIDS would soon end my life, I stopped planning for one. That was 20 years ago.

One Faith, Two Minds
by Mary Rourke, Los Angeles Times
Feeling snubbed by Muslim immigrants who are defining the faith for the U.S. public, African American Muslims are calling attention to the way they, too, practice their beliefs.


Stephen King To Leave Horror Writing
by Christopher Allan Smith, Los Angeles Times
"You get to a point where you get to the edges of a room, and you can go back and go where you've been, and bascially recycle stuff."

Tuesday, January 29, 2002

Tech & Science

It Adds Up To Beauty
by Graham Farmelo, Guardian
Equations are the cornerstone on which the edifice of science rests. Yet, they can be as exquisite as the finest poetry.


Weight Matters
by Sam Farmer and David Wharton, Los Angeles Times
In a trend that dangerously tips the scales, the NFL has nearly six times as many 300-pounders as a decade ago.

After The Gold Dust
by Michelle Goldberg, Salon
The dot-coms were bust, but the Chemical Brothers are still office-partying like it's 1999.

Currency Events: A Great Leap Backward?
by John Pomfret, Washington Post
Across China, people are grumbling about the decision to put Mao on all of its new bills.

Now, Fear Of Flying Is More Than A Phobia
by Erica Goode, New York Times
For most Americans, deciding to travel by air has become a far more complicated and anxiety-laced process.

Monday, January 28, 2002


Into The Punditry Vacuum, Fresh Wind
by Howard Kurtz, Washington Post
A new study says that the media's outpouring of analysis, opinion and speculation in the war on terrorism now exceeds the level during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, a low-water mark for journalistic prestige.

What's A Recovery Without Jobs?
by Bob Herbert, New York Times
While it may be true technically that the economy is executing a modest turnaround, it remains to be seen just how secure that next paycheck is for millions of working Americans.

Tech & Science

When Automatic's Teller Ran Dry
by Mathew Honan, Online Journalism Review
The rise and fall of

BBC's 'Reality' Show May Be Cruel And Unusual Television
by Matthew B. Stannard, San Francisco Chronicle
Program based on Stanford Prison Experiment.


Why I Think The Smithsonian Is Misguided
by Milo Beach, Washington Post
The present administration of the Smithsonian Institution seems to view "the life of the mind with astonishing indifference."

Hometown Boy Makes Waves
by William Kennedy, New York Times
The truly achieved writers are the ones one who deceive themselves so well that they can pursue a lie that becomes true in spite of its implacable falsity.

At Grand Canyon, No Way To Run A Railroad
by Blaine Harden, New York Times
As this sublime hole in the ground succumbs to its second century of mass tourism, there is a weird new wrinkle in the love-it-to-death romance between the Grand Canyon and the nearly five million people who descend upon it every year.


by Richard Wilbur, The Atlantic

Sunday, January 27, 2002


Ready For Take-Off?
by Economist
America's heavy debt burden will hinder a full economic recovery.

The Propaganda War
by Anne Applebaum, Wall Street Journal
America is right, but its image matters.

Out Of Step With Democracy
by David Montgomery, Washington Post
Many take a dim view of closing the nation's front porch for security.

Planet Of The Privileged
by Maureen Dowd, New York Times
Oh, the pull of Planet Enron.

'I Want To Go Home'
by Amy Goldstein, Washington Post
Detainee Tony Oulai awaits end of 4-month legal limbo.

Tech & Science

Television Addiction
by Robert Kubey and Mihaly Csikszentamilhalyi, Scientific American
Perhaps the ironic aspect of the struggle for survival is how easily organisms can be harmed by that which they desire.


A Cantonese Soap Opera
by Alkman Granitsas, Far Eastern Economic Review
For years Hong Kong's leading broadcaster has been trying to grow outside its home market without much success. But if TVB can break into China, the company could become the hottest media stock in Asia.

It Could Be You
by Andrew Anthony, Observer
These days, while talent is no bar to celebrity, it's hardly a prerequisite. In fact, many have no obvious talent — just like the rest of us.

Custom Coops
by Paula Bock, Seattle Times
From penthouse perches to covered porches, city chickens are sitting pretty.

Torture TV
by Ellen Goodman, Washington Post
Welcome to the new generation of game shows. "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" has been followed by "Who Wants to Be a Sadomascochist."

This Doesn't Add Up
by D.T. Max, New York Times
Now that doctors are just employees and lawyers regularly cross over to run the businesses they're paid to counsel, the acccountant occupies a unique place, not just in the professional world, but in the psychology of the country.

Quiet, Please. This Is A Library After All
by Joseph Horowitz, New York Times
The problem with the new library is the redesigned third floor. Not only does the room feel cramped; it is also incongruously noisy.

The Mediterranean
by Allen Tate,


007 Dis(Gold)members Austin Powers
by E!Online
Forget Dr. Evil and Mini-Me, it's apparently James Bond that poses the biggest threat to Austin Powers.

Saturday, January 26, 2002


Even Before They Could Enter
by Richard Milazzo, Evergreen Review

Friday, January 25, 2002

Tech & Science

The Wonders Of Saliva
by Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times
It protects our teeth, fights infection and is sorely missed when absent. Scientists are fascinated by its medical potential.


The Reluctant Icon
by A.R. Torres, Salon
As a widow of Sept. 11 with a new baby, I am on America's patriotic payroll. I didn't want the job, but I earn every penny I receive.

The Queen Of Buzz Goes Silent? Doubtful
by Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Both respected and reviled, TIna Brown ponders the next phase of her career.

Precious Gifts
by Bella English, Boston Globe
Mothers who have endured their own child's illness reach out through the Heart to Heart Fund.

Service Is Needed In Layaway
by Hank Stuever, Washington Post
Kmart is a mess. And so it would be sorely missed.

In Remembrance Of Sorrow From Other Times
by David W. Dunlap, New York Times
In the debate over the remembrance of Sept. 11, it's worth pondering how other memorials in New York conveyed their message across the generations.

Making Artful Images Out Of Science
by Margarett Loke, New York Times
The intersection of art and science in David Goldes' work over the last decade bears the mark of an insider-outsider.


Peace Of Autumnal Fire
by Gary Jacobson, Anthology Magazine
There is borne in time
A season outrageously sublime
When the earth veritably comes alive
In vitality where senses thrive.


Dumbest Warning Labels Get Their Due
by Larry D. Hatfield, San Francisco Chronicle
As a public service, we bring you the following safety messages: Don't use a CD as a catapult weapon, and be aware that those manufactured fireplace logs carry a risk of fire.

Thursday, January 24, 2002


Amazon Rises, Kmart Falls
by Rob Walker, Slate
A few years ago, if you had predicted that by the beginning of 2002, would be showing a profit and Kmart would be operating under bankruptcy protection, you would have been articulating something close to the conventional wisdom about the future of retail.

Tech & Science

Drawn To The Hearth's Electronic Glow
by Katie Hafner, New York Times
It used to be just a family room. Now it has screen, sound and seating to rival the multiplex.


Stand And Deliver
by Robert Smaus, Los Angeles Times
Climbing roses, bearing a bounty of colorful blooms, rise up and fan out where space is tight.

A Slice Of American Life
by Linton Weeks, Washington Post
Any way you slice it, pie is as American as, well, as pie.

Encounters With Glaciers In Switzerland
by Eric Pfanner, New York Times
The Swiss village of Saas-Fee offers reliable snow conditions — and a few tricky moments.


My Flamboyant Grandson
by George Saunders, New Yorker

Getting A Date For Amelia
by Matthew Cheney,
I felt bad about trying to sell Amelia, so I thought I could make it up to her by getting her a date. I figured, she may be a tard, but even a tard ought to be able to find somebody to love. So I told her, "Amelia, I'm sorry I took you out on the street the other day and tried to sell you for a dollar, but I'm going to make it up to you." She smiled, but I don't think she really understood.

Wednesday, January 23, 2002


Passing Through
by Stanley Kunitz, Bold Type

Tuesday, January 22, 2002


by Deborah Digges, The Atlantic
See how the first dark takes the city in its arms
and carries it into what yesterday we called the future.

Monday, January 21, 2002


History For $ale
by Bob Tomopson, Washington Post
Larry Small wants to remake the National Museum of American History, and he's banking on a set of big-time donors to help. Will they end up privatizing the American past?


Martha Is Dancing In Butternut Time
by John Mahoney, Log Cabin Chronicles
And now Martha dances through the kitchen to the sink where she sways in time to the melody running through her head. Outside, the dew is still on the grass but the sky is that clear, hard blue that happens only in autumn, and it promises to be a fine day.

Sunday, January 20, 2002


Hey, I'm Doing My Best
by Christopher Hitchens, The Observer
President George Bush is a year old today. Surprisingly, our low expectations of him have been confounded by his strong leadership.

After This
by David J. Rothkopf, Washington Post
Whatever capitalism's fate, somebody's already working on an alternative.

Tech & Science

Scientis' Panel Endorses Cloning To Create Stem Cells
by Megan Garvey and Richard T. Cooper, Los Angeles Times
The influential National Academy of Science says producing human clones should be illegal.


Sexism And The City
by Carol Midgley, The Times
Should City women be able to handle sexist behaviour as part of the deal in return for their exorbitant bonuses?

Your Daddy Was A Donar
by Mary Braid, The Observer
As a child, Melissa always felt there was something not quite right. At 32, she found out that she was conceived through donor insemination. Now she wants to find her real father — and she's not the only one.

Ready, Set, Rewind
by Rachel Abramowitz, Los Angeles Times
Studios are playing it safe with numerous sequels, prequels and reworkings of tried-and-true themes.

Teh Fabulous Baker Boy
by Jonathan Reynolds, New York Times
Who just happens to be Britney Spears' money man.

Anime, Japanese Cinema's Second Golden Age
by Dave Kehr, New York Times
After a decade or two as an underground phenomenon in the United States, anime is slowly emerging into the light of day.


Going For The Orange Julius
by Myla Goldberg,
It's not only about looking good. If you're just looking good, you'll probably be able to get a cone or a soft pretzel, but definitely not an Orange Julius.

Saturday, January 19, 2002


To Get Rich Is Glorious
by Economist
China's middle class is expanding rapidly. But what does it want?

Riding The Sugarland Express
by Karl Zimmermann, Los Angeles Times
The past is still on track for train buffs as the steam locomotives of yesteryear chug on.

Saturday Mourning TV: Cable Captures The Kids
by Frank Ahrens, Washington Post
The television battle for kids is over. Cable has won. Further, a common kids culture - the Saturday morning cartoon ritual, when millions of children watched the same shows at the same time - is becoming a collateral victim of the changes.

Office Workers Haunted By Views Of Terror Site
by David W. Chen, New York Times
For the thousands of people who have been able to return to their offices ringing the site, myriad more intimate decisions and adjustments are made every day, including the no longer ordinary matter of simply looking out one's window.


In The Restaurant
by Dick Davis,

Friday, January 18, 2002


Loose Lips, Pink Slips
by Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal
How President Bush made the White House leak-proof.

Red, White And Blue, For Starters
by Lynne Duke, Washington Post
Firefighters memorial sparks a diverse debate.

Tech & Science

It May Finally Be Showtime For DVRs
by Christopher Stern, Washington Post
Over this holiday season, some analysts saw TiVo round a corner with the public.


Have The Fashion Police Handle Airport Profiling
by Joe Soucheray, Pioneer Press
One of the ways that the skies might be made safer is to install a fashion and cosmetics consultant at the gate area.

Forget The Force — "The Lord" Rules!
by Eric Lipton, Salon
I, too, once loved "Star Wars." Then I grew up and learned to appreciate "The Lord of the Rings."

Both Timeless And Timely: 'Roots' At Quarter-Century
by Caryn James, New York Times
Viewed today, "Roots" remains a great drama with nothing Disneyfied or softened about it.


The Man-Moth
by Elizabeth Bishop, Bold Type


Neighbour Returned Witnesses' Cold Call
by Adam Fresco, The Times
A mother of three children became so fed up with Jehovah's Witnesses calling at her home that she interrupted their Sunday service by banging on their church door and offering them free magazines.

Thursday, January 17, 2002


The Essentials Of A Washington Scandal
by Paul Farhi, Washington Post
Enron has possibility. But something's still missing.

Tech & Science

Clocks That Won't Miss A Second In 20 Million Years
by Catherine Greenman, New York Times
For scientists who build atomic clocks, time flies in increment of one nine-billionth of a second.


Mural, Mural
by Michelle Ho, Straits Times
Films leap to life and beckon movie-goers from the walls with help from this artist.

Some Bodies
by Anthony Lane, New Yorker
Irving Penn's nudes.

How X Factors In The Equation
by Robert Niles, Los Angeles Times
A new roller coaster at Six Flags suspends riders beside the track. Fast? Yes. But it's over fast, too.

Wok The Dog
by William Saletan, Slate
What's wrong with eating man's best friend?

One Shy Of A Bunch
by Hank Stuever, Washington Post
It's the story of a man named Brady. So why is he no longer in the picture?


Swept Away
by T. Coraghessan Boyle, New Yorker

Postolka (Prague)
by Christian Wiman, The Atlantic
When I was learning words
and you were in the bath
there was a flurry of small birds
and in the aftermath

Wednesday, January 16, 2002


A Corporate Welfare State Nightmare
by Julian Borger, Salon
The Enron scandal exposes how the U.S. political system is bought and paid for.

Tech & Science

New Side To Face-Recognition Technology: Identifying Victims
by John Schwartz, New York Times
Facial recognition has been in development for decades, but recent advances in computer power and software have made the systems less expensive and more accurate.


An Experience That Lights Up The Soul
by Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times
Did you see who was handed a flame?

Plagiarism? So What?
by Patrick T. Reardon, Chicago Tribune
Here's what: Stephen Ambrose blew a chance to do real history.

Something Old, Something Neue
by Marc Fisher, Washington Post
'The Fantasticks' closes, the impressive Neue Galerie opens, and New York regains its never-sit-still rhythm.

Small Plates, Big Flavor
by Judith Weinraub, Washington Post
Breaking the tyranny of the traditional menu.

Waiter, Pleasae Put A Lid On It
by William Grimes, New York Times
The demands of the information age, and the American desire to turn all human encounters into a form of therapy, have given rise to a new breed of waiter.

An Artist's Success At 14, Despite Autism
by Ralph Blumenthal, New York Times
In the strange world of outsider art, Jonathan Lerman, at 14, is already an insider.


by Sharan Strange, Beltway: A Poetry Quarterly
Sharan Strange is the author of Ash, winner of the 2000 Barnard New Women Poets Prize, selected by Sonia Sanchez (Beacon Press, 2001).

Tuesday, January 15, 2002


The Inherent Danger Of Flying
by P. Smith, Salon
Shoe bombs and suicidal 15-year-olds are heightening fears about airline security. But aside from creating more chaos at airports, what can we do?


The Lure Of THe Unfathomable
by Margaret Wertheim, Los Angeles Times
Why are so many people paying hard-earned cash for books they can barely begin to understand?

Screen Savers
by Dan Gilgoff, U.S. News
Can grand old theaters survive the age of the multiplex?

Camera-Ready Inside Joshua Tree
by Kathryn Wilkens, Los Angeles Times
In the desert, developing photo skills and an appreciation for barren beauty.

Losing Fear
by Beth Baker, Washington Post
Recent events led many to consider their mortality, some for the first time. But does such fleeting reflection really do any good?


The Maths Master
by Robert Whiteley, Spout Poetry Magazine
A poem.

The Egg That Went To Tanglewood
by Frances Bevency Errion, Log Cabin Chronicles
The lights came on for intermission, conversations rose all around. Suddenly, the people directly behind us were completely silent. Then, someone said, "Who would bring an egg to a concert?"


Ring Of Truth To Old Wives' Tale?
by Tom Clarke, Nature
'Feed a cold, starve a fever' may make sense, say immunologists.

Monday, January 14, 2002


Harvard's Gates Of Power
by Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post
The latest silliness at Harvard makes it possible — difficult but possible — to feel a twinge of sympathy for the men and women who are trying to run this country's institutions of higher education.

Staying On Offense
by Fred Hiatt, Washington Post
It shouldn't take more than one Pearl Harbor to wake a generation.


Bringing Up Genius
by Tamara Jones, Washington Post
When Greg Smith passed his mother and father intellectually at 5, they took it stride. But then the world beat down his door, offering opportunity and danger in equal measure. What's a parent to do.

Negotiating The Darkness, Fortified By Poets' Strength
by Mary Karr, New York Times
We prayed in gratitude and fury and desperate petition. We watched hours of news. And we read poetry.

Sunday, January 13, 2002


Price Of Power
by Ed Vulliamy, Observer
He has won the Afghan war, but President Bush's peace is threatened by the Enron scandal.

Messier And Messier
by Economist
Seducing Hollywood still seems to mean enraging the French film industry.

Enron? We're Missing The Point
by Lanny J. Davis, Washington Post
So if Enron's fall doesn't really matter in macroeconomics terms, why should we care? Because the corporate culture that bred the failure has undermined trust in the integrity of the public markets.

Tech & Science

Super Fly
by Rob Turner, New York Times
Ron Miles wants to put a bug in your ear. More specifically, a bug's ear, or rather a replica of one.

For Women, To Soar Is Rare, To Fall Is Human
by Alessandra Stanley, New York Times
It is not enough for women to succeed in business. They also must fail.

A Frozen Sperm Riddle
by Tamar Lewin, New York Times
What are the inheritance rights of children conceived posthumously, with frozen sperm, years after their father's death?


A Chinese Writer Blooms In Ipoh
by Kao Chen, Straits Times
Who's that 30-year Malaysian writer making waves on the Chinese literary scene?

All-American Burgher
by Dave Shiflett, Wall Street Journal
Dave Thomas, scourge of the health nuts.

Faces And Tickers And Blurbs, Oh My!
by Matt Richtel, New York Times
Anyone who tries to listen to the anchor while reading the various tickers all over the screen may come away thinking that bin Laden looks elegant at 35, while Julia Roberts remains at large.


Maya Angelou Pens Her Sentiments For Hallmark
by Jeannie Williams, USA Today
"Challenging and daring" to craft two-sentence sentiments.

Saturday, January 12, 2002


What Is America's Place In The World Now?
by Alexander Stille, New York Times
Ask the most prominent strategic thinkers around, and they will all agree that pretty much every cherished notion about America's role in the world must be revised — except, of course, their own.


London Invaded By Foreign Chefs
by Sylvia Tan, Business Times Singapore
Why some new foreign restaurants are creating a real buzz.

Hank Donat: He Left His In S.F. Web Site
by Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle
He still finds his heart beating faster and his breath catching in his throat when he comes across a beautiful sunset at the Marina or feels a warm breeze in Noe valley or meets a kooky character in Union Square.

The Plagiarst
by David Plotz, Slate
Why Stephen Ambrose is a vampire.

Vacation Shots: Time To Go Digital?
by Michael Shapiro, Washington Post
Though digital photography poses more challenges to the user than film, the bar is coming down as it becomes easier to take, share, store and print digital images.

Play It Again, And Again
by Eric Brace, Washington Post
In the world of the piano lounge, Herman Hupfeld is king.

A Quick Spin Of The Wheel In Las Vegas
by Hope Reeves, New York Times
Las Vegas is the kind of place, I discovered, where you desperately want someone to elbow when the outrageous happens — and it happens often.

Friday, January 11, 2002


'Everybody's Been Shot'
by Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal
Americans are exquisitely sensitive — just not to each other.

The Dangers Of Overstimulation
by Damien Cave, Salon
The right time to jump-start the economy may already have passed.


The Seven Circles Of SUV
by Adair Lara, San Francisco Chronicle
It's time, I think, that we updated the list of the damned that Dante described in "The Divine Comedy."

Tron's 20th Anniversay
by Glen Helfand, San Franicso Chronicle
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of "Tron" — and a fine time to revisit this groundbreaking cult film.

Send In The iKlowns
by Katharine Mieszkowski, Salon
At Macworld, out-of-work dot-commers pose as marauding clowns. The authorities are not amused.

Art, After A Fashion
by Christine Temin, Boston Globe
Dressed up exhibits look at clothes' place in world.

Thursday, January 10, 2002


Rascally Marc Racicot
by Jacob Weisberg, Slate
The way has been paved for a president able to hasten Washington's seemingly inexorable ethical decline with no hypocrisy whatsoever.

Tech & Science

The Curse Of Complexity
by Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times
The lack of standardization among new devices forces exasperated users to adapt.


Leg Work
by Renee Schettler, Washington Post
In search of the perfect duck confit.

Sex And The Kitchen
by Amanda Hesser, New York Times
Ms Lawson certainly does play to the camera, but beneath that satin veneer is a true cook with a valuable message and a groundbreaking show.

When The Going Gets Tough, Some Go Shopping At Museums
by Celestine Bohlen, New York Times
The success of high-end merchandise offered a small dash of comfort in what was otherwise a bleak holiday shopping season in New York's museum stores.

Wednesday, January 9, 2002

Tech & Science

Divided We Stand
by Oliver Morton, Wired
When war comes home, so must war strategy. Lesson one: Disperse vulnerabilities - which means breaking up everything from the energy industry to air travel to, yes, operating systems.

Cryptographic Abundance
by Tom Berson, Technology Review
Cryptography could give us data privacy today. Only no one's aasking for it.

A Marvel Of Scince, Hawking Turns 60
by Dennis Overbye, New York Times
One of his most astonishing achievements may simply be that he has survived.


A Head For Bread
by Tito Morales, Los Angeles Times
Franck-Herve Commereuc at Le Pain du Jour is fixated on making the perfect baguette. His secret? Make 'em sing.

Colors Flies Over The Cuckoo's Nest
by Douglas Cruckshank, Salon
The Benetton publication's latest issue on mental illness puts respectable newsmagazine to shame.

"Lord Of The Rings" Vs. "Star Wars"
by Jean Tang, Salon
Peter Jackson's glorified video trivia game doesn't hold up to the grandly human epic that defined a generation.

Dave, America's Hamburger Helper
by Hank Stuever, Washington Post
There are more than 6,000 Wendy's restaurants now, yet it seemed like Dave could have been working behind the counter of any of them.

Tuesday, January 8, 2002

Tech & Science

In Dark Matter, New Hints Of A Universal Glue
by Dennis Overbye, New York Times
Sometimes, defying its wont, science makes the cosmos look a little simpler.


How All THe News Fit
by Hendrik Hertzberg, New Yorker
The world turned upside down after Sept. 11th, and, as a small but noticeable side effect, so did the sports section of the Times.

The Sky Line
by Paul Goldberger, New Yorker
How New York can learn from Oklahoma City.

Springing To Action
by Richard Natale, Los Angeles Times
Adopting Hong Kong's style of martial arts scenes, with their ballet-like moves, has helped movie makers revive a genre with less graphic violence.

The Six Letter Word
by Rene E Graham, Boston Globe
Randall Kennedy explores the history of the inflammatory racial slur.

A Harvard Education
by Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post
One of the minor tragedies of modern America has been the transofmration of the college president from public intellectual to fund-raising bureaucrat.

Monday, January 7, 2002


State Of The Pundit
by William Safire, New York Times
As Mort Sahl used to say, "Is there anybody I haven't offended?"

Tech & Science

The Battle Of The Boxes: PC Vs. TV
by John Markoff, New York Times
The rivalry between the PC and TV over which is destined to become the hearth of the home will take on new urgency when three prominent technology executives sketch out competing visions of their digital product lines.


Sign Post
by Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle
Long befure the multiplex, there was the cluster of igloo-shaped domes called Century 21-25 in San Jose.

America Reboots In History's Crashes
by Rob Morse, San Francisco Chronicle
In this decade, as a powerful, stumbling United States proclaims yet again our "loss of innocence," historians should be as important as physicists were in the 1950s.

Poetry In Motion
by David Dave, Los Angeles Times
Poetic license aside, can sports and poetry really coexist?

Jerry Seinfeld, Still Quip On The Draw
by David Segal, Washington Post
"So," said Jerry Seinfeld, sauntering onstage at the Kennedy Center on Saturday night, "we meet again."

The Quaker And The Marine
by Kristin Henderson, Washington Post
When her husband left for Afghanistan, she set out to find peace.

Sunday, January 6, 2002


An Obligation To Question Prevailing Wisdom
by Joel Beinn, Los Angeles Times
Vigorous debate is especially needed when our country is at war.

America As Reflected In Its Leader
by Elisabeth Bumiller, Washington Post
Something more unusual has happened to the nation's perception of its president.

Something In The Air On Flight 363
by Colbert I. King, Washington Post
Aw, shucks, dang, doggone and gosh-darn.

Tech & Science

With All Thy Getting, Get Understanding
by Economist
Science is a celebration of the human spirit.

'The Future Of Ideas': Protecting The Old With Copyright Law
by Daniel Zalewski, New York Times
America's concern with protecting intellecutal property has become an oppressive obsession.


Grate Expectations
by Sue Webster, Financial Times
Fireplaces - and flames - are back in fashion. This time round, however, they are no simple holes in the wall but real works of art.

The Actress, The Producer And Their Porn Revolution
by Ralph Frammolino and P.J. Huffstutter, Los Angeles Times
Steven Hirsch recognized that VCRs could bring adult movies to a new market — couples. But first he needed a different kind of star.

George Divoky's Planet
by Darcy Frey, New York Times
This is a story about global warming and a scientist named George Divoky, who studies a colony of Arctic seabirds on a remote barrier island off the northern coast of Alaska.

No-Fly Zone
by David Montgomery, Washington Post
Since Sept 11, College Park Airport has been grounded in absurdity.

Sept. 11 Myths Embellished As They Speed Across The Web
by Shankar Vedantam, Washington Post
All the stories were urgent and riveting — and untrue.

Saturday, January 5, 2002


Simple Gifts
by Jacob Weisberg, Slate
How Bush's shallowness makes him a good war president.


Spiffing Up The Gray Lady
by Paul Goldberger, New Yorker
Could the newspaper's new headquarters bring the skyscraper back into play in New York City?

Seattle Still Rocks
by James T. Yenckel, Los Angeles Times
Despite recent setbacks, the city remains a hip urban playground, loaded with vibrant cultural attractions and surrounded by glorious natural scenery.

In Salt Lake City, Time For The 'Healing Games'
by Selena Roberts, New York Times
The history of polygamy is part of an image officials hope to change when visitors see the region's beauty and frontier charm.


Abdullah? Or Abdullah Abdullah?
by Chris Suellentrop, Slate
The two camps don't agree on the Afghan foreign minister's preference.

Friday, January 4, 2002


Listening To Our Inner Ashcrofts
by Michael Kinsley, Washington Post
The right to go too far and the right to put it badly may not seem like terribly crucial rights, but they are.

Tech & Science

Public Money, Private Code
by Jeffrey Benner, Salon
The drive to license academic research for profit is tifling the spread of software that could be of universal benefit.

Strolling Through A Museum, A Brief Walk Through Time
by Douglas Martin, New York Times
We were walking through the universe, traipsing back to time's beginning and exploring the edges of cosmic knowledge.


How To Make The Country's Most Dangerous Job Safer
by Eric Schlosser, The Atlantic
Having demonstrated a strong commitment to the ethical treatment of animals, the McDonald's Corporation should now demonstrate the same level of concern for the human beings who work in the nation's slaughterhouses.

Commercial Break
by Matthew Gilbert, Boston Globe
Without obligations to sponsors, cable TV series can be honest and raw, and can build dramatic tension.

On The Fornt Lines, Cashiers Propel The Euro's Advance
by Edmund L. Andrews, New York Times
If Europe's conversion to the euro is going better than expected, one reason is Gisela Oleinik and her remarkable cash register.


Burn Your Maps
by Robyn Joy Leff, The Altantic
A short story.


Mathematicians Find Euro Coins Land Heads Up
by Reuters

Chicago Humorist Conjures Up A Seamy Harry Potter Parody
by Patrick T. Reardon, Chicago Tribune
If Harry Potter went bad, he'd turn into Barry Trotter.

A Democratic Dog That Was Everyone's Buddy
by Ann Gerhart, Washington Post
Clintons' Lab killed by car in New York.

Thursday, January 3, 2002

Tech & Science

Beating Superbugs
by Laura Sivitz, Washington Post
Two Maryland biotechnology companies and about 10 others worldwide are aiming to defeat bacteria once thought conquered by antibiotics.

Toy Story: Looking For Lessons
by Lisa Guernsey, New York Times
Some parents may cringe at the notion of pricey electronics' becoming more popular than Play-Doh. But LeapFrog is bounding ahead, propelled by the financial muscle of its majority owner, the global education conglomerate Knowledge Universe.


Brain Circulation
by Anna Lee szenian, Brookings Review
How high-skill immigration makes everyone better off.

A Market-Fresh Look
by Carolyn Ramsay, Los Angeles Times
Architectural team faced the challenge of updating a beloved L.A. landmark.

Freudian Split
by Bella English, Boston Globe
Simmons professor Sophie Freud, granddaughter of Sigmund, has her own theories, and they don't involve psychoanalysis.

Red Sky At Morning
by Kate Orman, Washington Post
As fires lick at Sydney, residents pack and hope.


Hong Kong's Apple Daily Brings Back Pornography Page At Readers' Request
by Matt Pottinger, Wall Street Journal
In the end, the sex was too good to give up.

Wednesday, January 2, 2002

Tech & Science

The Universe Might Last Forever, Astronomers Say, But Life Might Not
by Dennis Overbye, New York Times
If recent astronomical observations are correct, the future of life and the universe will be far bleaker.


Altman Lives For 'Action'
by Roger Ebert, Chicacgo Sun-Times
"The saddest words," Robert Altman was saying, "are when somebody says they 'saw' my movie. That means they saw it once. That's not seeing it."

No Playful Chads To Lighten Up The Year
by Renee Tawa, Los Angeles Times
201's list of top terms will probably be more on the serious side such as "ground zero" and "anthrax."

Touring Times Square
by David Bowman, Salon
The lost seediness can still be found, if you're with the king of 42nd Street.

The Critic Gets His Licks In
by David Segal, Washington Post
The Post's David Segal finagles his ultimate rock band fantasy.

At Ease On The Maryland Shore
by Ann Crittenden, New York Times
My destination was the Five Gables Inn and Spa; my plan, a one-night getaway for some serious body-pampering.

Crepes: A Modern Turn On The Dessert Course
by Regina Schrambling, New York Times
Nothing more than very thin cakes filled with sweetness crepes are the antithesis of the overwrought dessert.


The New KRON Makes A Weak First Impression
by Tim Goodman, San Francisco Chronicle
On its first official day as an independent station KRON didn't do Bay Area television viewers any favors.

Tuesday, January 1, 2002


How Islam Lost Its Way
by Pervez Amir Ali Hoodbhoy, Washington Post
Yesterday's achievements were golden; Today, reason has been eclipsed.

Tech & Science

Will The Sun Shine Again On The Tech Industry In The Coming Year?
by Kara Swisher, Wall Street Journal
Don't count tech out. It has managed to bounce back reliably many times before and will again.


A Hit Man's Guilt
by Fred Dickey, Los Angeles Times
John Patrick Sheridan was lucky. He murdered 'Big Mac' McKenna and got away with it. Then he heard about the dying man's last words.

Penguins Threatened By Iceberg Weather Changes
by Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Two massive icebergs in Antarctica's Ross Sea have altered local weather conditions enough to endanger some of the continent's penguin breeding colonies.

For 2002, A Word From Palindromists: Yay
by Renee Tawa, Los Angeles Times
Backward-and-forward aficionados are excited about the oh-so reversible year — "a thing of beauty."

OneDay: A Holiday Whose Time Has Come?
by David Montgomery, Washington Post
D.C. activist Linda Grover wishes all the world a peaceful new year's.

Fertility Inc.: Clinics Race To Lure Clients
by Gina Kolata, New York Times
The market was already saturated, and the doctors realized that even though they were experts in infertility and had recruited a leading embryologist to work her magic with sperm and eggs, they could not just sit back and wait for patients to appear.


CNC: Extra, Extra, Read All The Ads (On The Front Page)
by Donna L. Goodison, Boston Business Journal
From the editorial side of the paper, CNC editor-in-chief Kevin Convey said most editorial folks think of page one as a place for news only. At the same time, he said, they would much rather see front-page ads than layoffs.

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