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Sunday, March 31, 2002

Tech & Science

DNA Ditties
by Henry Fountain, New York Times
An executive with one Silicon Valley company is now suggesting that DNA sequences be converted to digital music, arguing that they might then be protected under copyright law.


A World Of Their Own
by Liza Mundy, Washington Post
In the eyes of his parents, if Gauvin Hughes McCullough turns out to be deaf, that will be just perfect.

To Forgive, Divine
by Roxanne Roberts, Washington Post
The wisdom, and healthfulness, of letting go of anger.

The Next Chapter
by David Rakoff, New York Times
Questions for Michael J. Fox.

Britain's Beloved 'Queen Mum,' A Symbol Of Courage, Dies At 101
by Sarah Lyall, New York Times
In a life longer than the 20th century, the queen mother presided over a period of turbulence and change in Britain, helping to sustain the monarchy through the most serious crises to befall it in modern times.

Power Steer
by Michael Pollan, New York Times
To learn how the meat industry really works, the author bought himself a calf, then watched him become a fat-marbled monster.

Saturday, March 30, 2002

Tech & Science

Digital Renaissance
by Henry jenkins, Technology Review
How should we teach kids Newtonian physicis? Simple. Play computer games.


Drinks All Around
by Michael Judge, Wall Street Journal
In praise of alcohol.

Heart Of A Romantic, Head Of A Skeptic
by Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
Billy Wilder was less the cynic his critics liked to dub him than what his longtime collaborator I.A.L. Diamond called a disappointed romantic — "whipped cream that's gotten slightly curdled."


Feeling The Power Of The Turtle
by Darragh Johnson, Washington Post
Like other mascots, the U-Md Terrapin has become a tough guy.

Friday, March 29, 2002

Tech & Science

U.S. Prepares To Invade Your Hard Drive
by Paul Boutin, Salon
A bill before Congress would mandate built-in copy-protection on all digital devices. But even technology experts who really want to protect intellectual property think it's a lousy idea.


After The Big Night, Is Change Realistic?
by Lorenza Munoz, Los Angeles Times
Hollywood wonders if wins will mean anything to people other than Halle and Denzel.

Seducing Paris, A Cafe At A Time
by Mallery Roberts Lane, New York Times
The Costes brothers are to Paris what Ian Schrager is to New York, experts at creating places people want to stay in, eat in and be seen in.

Making The Wit Seem Unwitting
by Rick Lyman, New York Times
The director Barry Sonnenfeld loves Stanley Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove" because it's a comedy in which no one in the movie is allowed to acknowledge that they're in a comedy.

Battle Of The Biographers
by David Sexton, This Is London
You wait for ages and then they all come at once. Buses and biographies both.

Thursday, March 28, 2002


Democrats Vs. New Media
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds, Tech Central Station
What the Democratic National Committee chairman is worried about is asymmetrical political warfare.

Tech & Science

Air Travel's Communications Killer
by P. Smith, Salon
Twenty-five years ago, the greatest disaster in airline history killed 538 people, in part because of a radio glitch that still hasn't been fixed.


The Cool One
by David Thomson, Salon
Jodie Foster is like Cary Grant — smart, observant and curious about human nature. Those things together lend a fascinating distance to her charm.

Milton Berle, 'Mr. Television,' Dies At 93
by J.Y. Smith, Washington Post
Comic sparked American love affair with small screen.

This Blessed Plot, This Realm Of Tea, This Marmalade
by R. W. Apple Jr, New York Times
For more than 250 years, marmalade has been a quintessentially, unmistakably British product — and it has made a comeback.

In The New Dinner Theater, The Kitchen Comes To The Table
by Amanda Hesser, New York Times
Tableside service, and its brief, shining acts of slicing, deboning, saucing and meticulously pampering food before the diner's eyes, has been popping up in many unexpected places in New York.

A 2nd Novel And A Matter Of Money
by Martin Arnold, New York Times
Grove Atlantic may very well lose its signature author, Charles Frazier, whomthe company discovered and nurtured, for lack of cash for the advance on his second novel.

Wednesday, March 27, 2002


The Great Game
by Simon Singh, New Statesman
The man who did more than anyone else to apply game theory to the real world was John Nash.

Endless Spring
by Rebecca Mead, New Yorker
How much spring break can anyone stand?

A Formula For Mixing Math With Wonder
by Fern Shen, Washington Post
Ivan Moscovich is a master puzzlemaker and collector, an inventor and an artist. Conversant in many puzzle genres, he has quietly built a following.

Hollywood Redux
by Sandy Starr, Spiked-Central
Reworking old films becomes a distraction from making new ones.


by Wesley McNair, Slate

Tuesday, March 26, 2002


Dumbling Down The SAT
by Stanley Kurtz, National Review
The very existence of intelligence differences in America is about to become a forbidden truth.

Tech & Science

Preserving Taxidermy's Odd Legacy
by Melissa Milgrom, New York Times
A New Jersey family uses art and science to recreate species in the oldest business in Milltown, a taxidermy shop.


At Public Stations' Pledge Drives, Love Is On The Air
by Christine Frey, Los Angeles Times
Public radio and television pledge drive have sparked so many local romances that some stations encourage listeners to volunteer and perhaps pick up more than the phones.

Short Changed
by Steven E. Landsburg, Slate
Why do tall people make more money?

Called On The Carpet
by Robin Givhan, Washington Post
What plays on the runways of Paris falls flat at the Academy Awards.

Monday, March 25, 2002


"Can Asians Think?"
by Suzy Hansen, Salon
Singapore's ambassador to the U.N. talks about his controversial new book and the gulf between Western and Eastern minds.


Slaves Of Our Desires
by Madeleine Bunting, The Guardian
Our habits and opinions have been so cleverly manipulated by PR people that we have forgotten how to think.

The Lost Language Of Fat
by Amy Benfer, Salon
Hectored by experts and afraid of hurting their kids' self-esteem, parents of overwieght children remain silent — as the nation faces a youthful obesity crisis.

The Weight Of The Word
by Laura Sessions Stepp, Washington Post
Blair students deconstruct American English's thorniest slur — nigger.

Heorism In Trying Times
by Patrick McGarth, New York Times
Some years ago, having written several novels about insanity and obsessive sexual love, I decided that the next would be a story about the American Revolution.

Sunday, March 24, 2002


When Silence Is Golden
by Will Hutton, The Observer
No one should shed tears for Margaret Thatcher, for few politicians have introduced such division and inequality to our country.

To Prevail In War, Don't Play
by William Choong, Straits Times
After the events of Sept 11, it ahs become even more apparent that the only posture a nuclear policy should adopt is a 'non-playing' one.

The Vatican Rag
by Maureen Dowd, New York Times
The pope is infallible, but that does not mean he is always right.


Dine Together? Not A Problem
by Koh Boon Pin and Chua Minyi, Straits Times
Majority of Muslims and Chinese say that eating together is not an issue, with two thirds already doing so regularly.

Napa For Next To Nada
by James T. Yenckel, Los Angeles Times
In the Napa Valley, known for costly haute culture, the financially challenged can uncover good value — and even bargains — in lodging, sightseeing, wining and dining.

Set Menu
by Ryan Lizza, The New Republic
With the WHCA dinner, the Bushies' obsession with control may have reached its absurd climax.

Once-Secret "Nixon Tapes" Show Why The U.S. Outlawed Pot
by Kevin Zeese, AlterNet
Nixon's aggressive anti-drug stance put him directly at odds against many of his close advisors.

How To Brew A Better Ballot
by Linda Hales, Washington Post
If designers had their way, voting would be as simple as ordering a Caffe Mocha at Starbucks.

A Wedding, A Widow, A Way To Go On
by Paula Span, Washington Post
Steve Morello was supposed to walk his daughter down the aisle. Then he never came home from the World Trade Center.

To Be Young And Homeless
by Jennifer Egan, New York Times
New York's homeless population is now larger than it was in the 80's, and the rise is mostly in unnoticed children who spend their nights shuttling between shelters and their days frightened, sickly and lost.

The Many Accents Of Chicago's Wicker Park
by Brenda Fowler, New York Times
A neighborhood in northwest Chicago, long home to immigrants, has more recently drawn artists and trend-seekers.

Saturday, March 23, 2002


In Asia, It's The Women Who Rule
by Tom Plate, Straits Times
In some Asian countries, the big news is that women's veils are coming off. But some of the region's more modern political cultures are bettering this: They are unveiling new women leaders.

Friday, March 22, 2002


You Can Go Home Again
by Charles Taylor, Salon
Twenty years after its first release, "E.T." remains the most wondrous of all Hollywood fantasies — and the apex of Steven Spielberg's misunderstood career.

411 Is A Joke
by Laura Lippman, Slate
I ask for Yung's Chinese Carry-Out, the operator gives me a day-care center's number.

Green Tea Flavors The Land Of The Maple Leaf
by Clifford Krauss, New York Times
The face of Toronto is rapidly changing as a middle-class Chinese consumer culture puts down strong roots.

On Plagiarism
by Richard A. Posner, The Atlantic
In the wake of recent scandals some distinctions are in order.


Fickle Magazine Calls 13 Different Cities Tops
by David Lyman, Detroit Free Press
Maxim printed 13 versions of the magazine, each touting a different city as the greatest.

Thursday, March 21, 2002


Debunking The Digital Divide
by Robert Samuelson, Washington Post
It may turn out that the "digital divide" — one of the most fashionable political slogans of recent years — is largely fiction.

Bullet Points
by Scott Shuger, Slate
What the Fox network could teach the Pentagon, etc.

Tech & Science

Second Act For Hong Kong Billionaire
by Mark Landler, New York Times
After rising farther, and falling faster, then perhaps any Internet executive in Asia, Richard li has adopted a vocabulary that stresses responsibility, patience, even a dash of humility.

Downsizing Videotape, Yet Again
by David Pogue, New York Times
Introducing a new format for anything is always a tricky business, and few companies have more experience in this realm than Sony.

Attendee-Centered Conference Design
by Meg Hourihan, O'Reilly Network
When it comes to interactions, we design by focusing on the results we want.


Retire Young — Then Go Get Rich
by Paul B. Farrell, CBS MarketWatch
Want to retire young and rich? Then stop doing what you're doing. Today. You're doing it all wrong.


Don't Judge An Author By His Cover: Michael Moore
by Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune
Moore seems more interested in publicity than truth.

Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Tech & Science

Are You Being Served?
by Joe Nickell, Technology Review
A new breed of customer service agents will be so attentive to your needs that you'll never guess you're talking to software.


An Honorable House
by Yasmin Tong, Los Angeles Times
A loyal son opens a dumpling restaurant in Arcadia to preserve his family's reputation.

A Black-And-White Mess No Matter Who Wins
by Stanley Crouch, Los Angeles Times
If the skin color of three Oscar nominees is still an issue, we haven't come very far at all.

A Mother Without Child
by Robin Wallace, Salon
After nine months of pregnancy, it took only seconds for my world to collapse, a few seconds for the doctor to say, "I'm sorry. Theer doesn't seem to be a heartbeat."

March Madness: Seven Ways To Make It Even Better
by Stephen Moore, National Review
1. No Women.

Air & Space Venue Renamed For Corporate Benefactor
by Jacqueline Trescott, Washington Post
$10 million turns Langley into Lockheed Martin theater.

Dinner For 8 In 4 Hours, With Just A Little Hysteria
by Mark Bittman, New York Times
The scariest dinner party I ever held was a turning point for me, the day I finally realized that my own standards, and not those of my guests, were making me work like a fiend and worry neurotically.

An Orchestra That Won't Give Up
by Stephen Kinzer, New York Times
When the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra faced a budget crunch in the summer of 2001, its members made an extraordinary decision — they voted themselves a pay cut.

This Is "Like" A Problem
by Alice B. Fishburn, Harvard Crimson
Despite my best efforts to avoid this affiction, I discovered that "like" is completely contagious.

The News About The News
by Leonard Downie Jr, and Robert G. kaiser, Washington Post
Is high-quality journalism an endangered species?

All Apologies
by Paul Rudnick, New Yorker
The latest rash of plagiarism.


Mother's Day Ghazal
by Gail Mazur, Slate
Sometimes a shift in tone is all you'd need to make you happy.
A shade, a shadow — but then you wonder, is this happiness?

Tuesday, March 19, 2002


Giving Reporters Guns
by Bo Crader, The Daily Standard
In the war on terrorism, journalists are often targets of the enemy. Should they arm themselves when they're in the field?

Tech & Science

Finally, Science Weighs In
by Marlene Cimons, Los Angeles Times
Many people swear by nontraditional therapies such as acupuncture and herbs. To determine the value of these alternatives to consumers, government researchers are testing unconventional medicine.


A Television Concept That Bears Repeating
by Paul Farhi, Washington Post
The Fox television series "24" has been a critical favorite, a ratings disappointment — and, just maybe, a glimpse of TV's future.

It's A Mad World Of Endorsements
by Roy Rivenburg, Los Angeles Times
Alfred E. Neuman, the grinning symbol of a satire magazine for which nothing is sacred, is the darling of some advertisers who consider him an irreverent icon for baby boomers.

Stephen King's New Book Is On The Beam, Literally
by Stuart Elliott, New York Times
A promotion for Steven King's new collection of short stories shows how far publishers will go to exploit nontraditional ways of stimulating demand for books.

The New Insecurity
by Rachel Hartigan Shea, U.S. News
Fewer and fewer professors actually get it, but tenure is still the coin of the academic realm.

A Subtle Interplay: Music And The Menu
by Leslee Komaiko, Los Angeles Times
Music can make a good meal better, often with the diner unaware of what's at work.

9-11 Changed Everything. For A Little While.
by Hanna Rosin, Washington Post
Sept. 11 was supposed to have changed America forever. But most Americans are back to their old routines — or getting there, with occasional flashbacks.

The Last Words
by Christopher Orlet, The Vocabula Review
Is it fair to expect deep insights into life's mysteries when the dying clearly have other things on their mind — hell, for instance, or unspeakable pain?


Teachers Proposing Book Ban In Russell
by Bill Estep, Lexington Herald-Leader
God revealed to the group that the presence of the books was one reason his "manifested presence" hadn't yet come to the school.

Monday, March 18, 2002


From The Foxhole To THe Boardroom
by Uwe Reinhardt, Wall Street Journal
America's soldiers live by a code of honor. So should its executives.


Get On The Bus
by Lynn Yaeger, New Yorker
Makiing an excursion to Ikea.

A Matter Of Degree
by Linton Weeks, Washington Post
What's as easy as ABC, only a little farther up the alphabet? A PhD.

Such Fuzzy Ideals, Comrades
by Sarah Lyall, New York Times
At 82, Doris Lessing is still just as interested in debating politics at train stations as she was 40 years ago.


by Joyce Carol Oates, New Yorker
"Had Ryan Voigt guessed that thirteen-year-old Sharon McGregor had a crush on him?"


The 101 Dumbest Moments In Business
by Tim Carvell, Adam Horowitz, thomas Mucha, Business 2.0
In a perfect world, a list like this would not exist.

Sunday, March 17, 2002

Tech & Science

A Lemon Law For Software?
by Economist
If Microsoft made cars instead of computer programs, product-liability suits might by now have driven it out of business. Should software makers be made more accountable for damage caused by faulty programs?


The Best Beach In The World?
by Susan Spano, Los Angeles Times
She says it's a seashore found in this Indian Ocean archipelago.

A City For The Senses
by Jonathan Kandell, Los Angeles Times
It's easy to indulge an addiction in the Asean capital of street food.

Ground Zero
by John J. Goldman, Los Angeles Times
Viewing-platform visitors are witnesses to history.

by Michelle Cottle, The New Republic
Why plastic surgery helps you get ahead.

Habeas Corpses
by Dahlia Lithwick, Slate
What are the rights of dead people?

Bigger Is Better
by Jim Naughton, Washington Post
Northern Virginia's new elite aren't content with yesterday's mansions. Which is where Penny Yerks comes in.

Aria Of The Lesbian Dwarf Diaper Fetishist
by Marshall Sella, New York Times
Opera used to embrace vulgar melodrama — and audiences loved it. So why not an opera based on America's most lurid talk show?

Thursday, March 14, 2002

Tech & Science

Piracy, Or Innovation? It's Hollywood Vs. High Tech
by Amy Harmon, New York Times
Leaders of two of the nation's most prominent industries have begun publicly sniping at each other.


At Airport Gate, A Cyborg Unplugged
by Lisa Guernsey, New York Times
How a traveler will fare once wearable computing devices are such fixture on the body that a person will not be able to part with them.

Behind The Search For The "Afghan Girl"
by David Braun, National Geographic News
She was one of the world's most famous faces, yet no one knew who she was.

Made For The Medium: Photojournalism At
by Brian Storm, Digital Journalist
At we live in a unique world where TV, radio, print and Web techniques work in tandem, often creating more depth than an individual medium could alone.

Wednesday, March 13, 2002


Ridge Against The Machine
by Steven Brill, Newsweek
He came to Washington with a target on his back, lacking the power to dent the bureaucracy. But Tom Ridge and his Homeland Security team are quietly making things happen in a hurry.

Tech & Science

The Universe, In Need Of A Good Decorator
by Paul Richard, Wasghinton Post
Science has determined, or rather re-determined, the color of the universe, and it turns out to be beige. Beige?


Sex Tips For Victorians
by Roy Edroso, Salon
Dr Becklard's 1845 self-help book is amazingly sex-positive, but probably should not be consulted regarding contraception (it involves trotting a horse).

A Leading Lady
by Tim Page, Washington Post
Irene Worth was a woman of many parts.

In Philadelphia, A New Taste Of Freedom
by Regina Schrambling, New York Times
Philadelphia appears to be the one city in the Northeast rebounding with real energy lately, particularly in the culinary world.


O My People
by James Reiss, Slate


Teacher Seeks Ban On Guinness Books
by Amy Hetzner, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Waukesha grade school boys too interested in record bikini, she says.

Tuesday, March 12, 2002

Tech & Science

Tiny Technologies Slip Unseen Into Daily Life
by Barnaby J. Feder, New York Times
NanoOpto has joined a diverse group of down-to-earth businesses that are already making commercial use of nanotechnology.

21st-Century Plumbing For New York City's Leaky Old Water Tunnel
by Andrew C. Revkin, New York Times
Leaks in the Delaware Aqueduct now amount to 36 million gallons of water a day, something that has taken on new urgency with impending drought emergencies.


"Tribute In Light" Explained
by Gustavo Bonevardi, Slate
A designer of the WTC memorial says it's too early for a permanent one.

'Do I Remember? Try Every Day'
by Michael Powell, Washington Post
Two shafts of light rose into a periwinkle evening sky, two towers of memory rendered ghostly across this city.

'9/11' Benefits CBS And Nextel
by Simon Romero and Bill Carter, New York Times
The CBS broadcast of the documentary "9/11" on Sunday evening drew the largest audience of any nonsports telecast this television season.


Masturbation Message Spelled With 407 Books
by Andrew Fickes, Observer Online
"It was very creative."

Monday, March 11, 2002


Lawmakers Put Cronies In Plum Jobs
by William Carlsen, San Francisco Chronicle
Big pay, few hours on 3 state panels.

Tech & Science

The Poster-Child Who Grew Up
by Economist
Marc Andreessen's journey from Netscape to Loudcloud shows how much the Internet has changed.


A Brilliant Tribute
by Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times
A powerful temporary memorial to Sept. 11 offers lessons for those planning a permanent marker.

The Tourists That Ate Florida
by Elizabeth Randall, Salon
Before Sept. 11, residents loved to gripe at the out-of-state visitors clogging Orlando. But then they were gone.

Oh Behave!
by Mickey Butts, Salon
Why do we buy more when we have less to spend? Behavioral economists can explain.

Hollywood's Dirty War
by Sharon Waxman, Washington Post
With Oscar just around the corner, the gutters are starting to fill up.

A Path Taken, With All THe Certainty Of Youth
by Margaret Atwood, New York Times
How is it that I become a writer? It simply happened, suddenly, in 1956, while I was crossing the football field on the way home from school.

Even 6 Months Later, 'Get Over It' Just Isn't An Option
by Sarah Kershaw, New York Times
Mental health professionals across the country say the psychological fallout from Sept 11 is still strikingly pervasive.


Pentagon To Receive Novel Toilet Paper
by Claudia H. Deutsch, New York Times
Two hundreds rolls of it, each imprinted with Osama bin Laden's face and the all-too-easy pun, "Wipe Out Terrorism."

Sunday, March 10, 2002

Tech & Science

Changing Hearts
by Abraham Verghese, New York Times
Can some high-profile transplants, one onscreen, another in prison, revise our feelings about health care?

Accidental Genius
by Mark Robinson, Wired
What turns a good idea into the next insanely great thing? Inspiration, perspiration, and the law of unintended consequences.


Ruthless People
by Sandy Asirvatham, City Paper
Whenever some dreamer tries to sell me the theory about how the world would be a much nicer place if women ran it, I laugh.

With Smoke Cleared, East And West Coasts Try To Find Their Way
by Kevin Fagan and Zachary Coile, San Francisco Chronicle
The farther away you are from the carnage of that terrible day, the less the impact is felt — and that is true to some extent even in New York City.

Saturday, March 9, 2002


Thomas Friedman
by David Plotz, Slate
What makes the Times man a great columnist? Not that peace proposal.


I'd Like To Buy The World A Shelf-Stable Children's Lactic Drink
by Seth Stevenson, New York Times
So mighty Coca-Cola, the ultimate global brand, has finally been reduced to this: inventing hundreds of faddish new drinks and gimmicks to sell them.

Noosa: Surf With A Side Of Latte
by Susan Gough Henly, New York Times
Flanked by two national parks, a Queensland resort balances development and preservation.

Six Months Later, Reality Sets In For A New Jersey Town
by Andrew Jacobs, New York Times
If anything, the surviving family members say, the daily struggles with sadness and anger have become more debilitating.

The Dark Side Of Dave
by Alex Beam, Boston Globe
What's eating David Letterman?

Prime-Time Porn
by R.D. Heldenfels, Beacon Journal
Popular sows are using X-rated references as liberally as canned laugher. It's not funny.

Environmental Stoicism And Place Machismo
by Michael Benedikt, Harvard Design Magazine
When environmental stoicism wanes, when place machismo has had its day and architects begin to address the gamut of human needs with all their goodwill and intelligence, place sensitivity will emerge and flourish.

Friday, March 8, 2002

Tech & Science

The Mouse That Ate The Public Domain
by Chris Sprigman, FindLaw's Writ
Disney, the copyright term extension act, and eldred v. Ashcroft.

Why Does It Take So Long To Mend An Escalator?
by Peter Campbell, London Review of Books
To start with the escalator itself. Just how complicated is it?

Shrinking And Rethinking The Old Vertical Antenna
by David F. Gallagher, New York Times
A new material may allow antennas for today's tiniest new phones and other devices to become both obvious and invisible at the same time.


Chinatown's New Fortunes
by Andrew Bender, Los Angeles Times
Avant-garde art and classic dining enliven this corner of downtown L.A.

Equality At The Airport
by Michael Kinsley, Slate
Are shorter lines for special fliers fair?

Seven On 11
by Caroline Kettlewell, Washington Post
You never know what unusual, unexpected and engaging attractions you might find along Route 11 through the Shenandoah Valley.

Good Things For Maxim Writer Who Waited
by David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times
"Whether you get published or not, write anyway."

Thursday, March 7, 2002

Tech & Science

Sneaking Peeks At The Porn Clowns
by Daniel Terdiman, Salon
Even flaming exhibitionists agree: Digital cameras and the Internet make invading a person's privacy much too easy.

Uncertainty About The Uncertainty Principle
by Jim Holt, Slate
Can't anybody get Heisenberg's big idea right?


Berkeley Now — And Then
by Peter Y. Hong, Los Angeles Times
A few funky holdovers keep the '60s alive amid upscale shops and eateries.

Reading Rainbox
by Kate Taylor, Slate
What book would you force on your neighbors?

America In The Abstract
by Kimberley A. Strassel, Wall Street Journal
A by-the-numbers look at the nation.

There's No Time Like The Past: Geezers Will Always Tell You About The Golden Age That Was
by Robert Fulford, National Post
Just about everyone believes in the idea of the Golden Age, but no one has ever announced that we are right now living through one.

He Hacks By Day, Squats By Night
by Noah Shachtman, Wired News
Adrian Lamo is gaining recognition in the hacking world for surreptitiously slipping into computer networks. The fact that he's homeless only adds to his reputation.


A Case Of Strange Book-Keeping
by Linton Weeks, Washington Post
Author Vise bought thousands of copies of his own work.

Wednesday, March 6, 2002


Experiencing 9/11, From The Inside
by Caryn James, New York Times
The two-hour documentary "9/11," to be broadcast on CBS on Sunday night, has such immediacy that it brings back how unimaginable the events of the day once seemed.

Tech & Science

The New Craft Of Intelligence
by Robert David Steele, Time
Making the most of open private sector knowledge.


Gouda Man
by Emily Green, Los Angeles Times
One of the best Dutch cheeses in the world is made in Riverside County.

At ABC, A Shaken News Dynasty
by Howard Kurtz, Washington Post
In just six days, one of television's most respected news divisions has been plunged into disarray.

A Story The Movies Can't Get Right
by Stephen Kinzer, New York Times
It is apparently difficult to make good movies about foreign correspondents, especially war correspondents.

Toujours Alabama: A Chef Comes Home
by R. W. Apple Jr., New York Times
Like Paul Bocuse and other French big-leaguers, Birmingham's Frank Stitt III has an undying passion for rustic, commonplace ingredients and for traditional techniques.

Hollywood Bound? Good Luck, Divas
by Nick Madigan, New York Times
As Mariah Carey's disastrous experience with "Glitter" proved last year, the road to Hollywood is littered with the carcasses of unwatched pop-star movies.

A Journey Of Countless Steps: Once A 'Lost Boy Of Sudan,' Santion Lual Is Standing Tall In Seattle
by Paula Bock, Seattle Times
All told, you have walked 1,000 miles. Across the desert, twice. Barefoot.

The Re-vision Thing
by Kathryn Hughes, The Observer
Why are contemporary biographers and historians so afraid of footnotes?


The Little Whip
by Joyce Carol Oates, Slate


Slate Gets Duped
by Jack Shafer, Slate
This week's Diary by an "automotive CEO" proves to be a hoax.

Tuesday, March 5, 2002


All Thought Out?
by Jay Tolson, U.S. News
The intellectuals are dead! Long live the intellectuals!

Tech & Science

One Lifetime Is Not Enough For A Trip To Distant Stars
by Natalie Angier, New York Times
Experts on space travel are starting to talk about journeys to distant stars and galaxies, which could take generations.

Wal-Mart Trumps Moore's Law
by Michael Schrage, Technology Review
Information technology matters — when it delivers "everyday low prices."


Brothel Or Wedding Gown: Putting It On Company Tab
by Mary McNamara and Martin Miller, Los Angeles Times
In the corporate world, expense-account tales are as common, and as epic, as the fish story.

Can The Real Robin Still Stand Up?
by Terry McCarthy, Time
Robin Williams got hooked on sappy roles. Now he's getting help, by doing improv and acting out.

Six Months After, A Memorial Built On Beams Of Light
by Lynne Duke, Washington Post
Ethereal towers of light, visible for miles around, will pierce the Lower Manhattan skyline starting Monday evening.

Looking Grim At The Grammys
by Lorraine Ali and David gates, Newsweek
Ralph Stanley's performanc eof 'O Death' wasn't the only ominous note. This may have been the swan song for the music industry as we know it. But does anybody care?


Digital Domesday Book Lasts 15 Years Not 1000
by Robin McKie and Vanessa Thorpe, The Observer
By contrast, the original Domesday Book — compiled in 1086 — is in fine condition in the Public Record Office.

Monday, March 4, 2002


Legislating Against Stupidity
by Anthony York, Salon
Congressional efforts to prevent future Enron-style 401K blowouts will hurt more than they help.

Tech & Science

The Internet Amenity
by Simson Garfinkel, Technology Review
For big organizations hoarding wireless bandwidth costs more than giving it away. Smell a free lunch?


For Real Singles, Chastity Is Hardly The Tough Part
by Chrstine Frey, Los Angeles Times
Hollywood has it all wrong. Abstinence is easy because finding the right person isn't.

Basic Black
by Robin Givhan, Washington Post
After a decent interval of nice and pretty, it's time to dress like a vampire again.

Behind Letterman Turmoil, An Icy Clash With His Boss
by Bill Carter, New York Times
In a sense, history is repeating itself.

Buddy, Can You Spare A Tie?
by David Sedaris, Esquire
The five cardinal rules of personal style. (From a man who doesn't have any.)

Why Economists Should Study Biology
by Donald Cox, Library of Economics and Liberty
Understanding human behavior requires more knowledge about the utility function.

Sunday, March 3, 2002


Has The US Lost Its Way?
by Paul Kennedy, The Observer
Does everybody hate America? Maybe the world is just concerned at the lack of visionary from such a powerful nation.

John Kamm's Third Way
by Tina Rosenberg, New York Times
In China, American business has always assumed that human rights and corporate profits are mututally exclusive. Does this have to be the case?

Wall Of Ideas
by Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times
Dividing America from the Arab-Muslim world is a wall that was built by both sides and can be taken down only by both.

Tech & Science

You May Be Downsized, But You Can Stay In The Loop
by Melinda Ligos, New York Times
Agilent Technologies may have lost some of its finest employees when it cut its work force. But it make sure that it didn't lose contact with all of them.


A Man's Tome Is His Castle
by Joseph Epstein, Wall Street Journal
I'll read whatever books I please, thank you very much.

The Last-Chance Saloon
by Louise France, The Observer
Inside the therapy room as three couples try to save their marriage.

Murals To Come Tumbling Down
by Marsha Ginsburg, San Francisco Chronicle
It never occurred to Christopher Lane that one day his work could be bulldozed.

by Mimi Harrison, Washington Post
Being umemployed isn't a disgrace, it's a way of life.

Responding To Crisis, Art Must Look Beyond It
by Anne Midgette, New York Times
The assumption that art should respond rapidly to crisis is common currency today. But that goes against the nature of artistic inspiration.

In Dallas, A Taste (And A Sweet) For Every Palate
by Mark Bittman, New York Times
You can find just about anything you're hoping to eat in Big D, from plain local treasures to Asian-influenced cooking. Be sure to save room for dessert.

Four Novices, One Grand Canyon
by Ted Rose, New York Times
When a few city slickers hike down to the Colorado River, they head out with some nonchalance, a salami, deodorant and a stern warning.

Saturday, March 2, 2002


Bunkers For All Occasions
by David Plotz, Slate
Preserving the American way of life.


Mystery Man
by Gavin McNett, Salon
A new documentary revives an old controversy: Was actor and landowner Willisam Shakespeare merely a front man for Christopher Marlowe, the flamboyant gay genius and shadowy Elizabethan spy?

A Passing Fancy Leaves An Indelible Impression
by Philip Kennicott, Washington Post
Lost in many of the tributes to New York has been New York itself, the pre-9-11 New York that was still, despite the efforts of Rudolph Giuliani, a difficult city filled with difficult people.

Damning (Yet Desiring) Mickey And The Big Mac
by Edward Rothstein, New York Times
It isn't imperialism but freedom that makes pop culture so appealing, even among American's enemies.

A Boy Genius? Maybe Not, Mother Admits
by Erica Goode, New York Times
Elizabeth Chapman, the mother of a celebrated boy genius, admitted that records attesting to her son's superior intelligence were a sham.

Friday, March 1, 2002


The Broadband Militia
by Washington Monthly, Michael Behar
A new breed of underground Internet entrepreneurs could end the recession. If only Washington would let them.

The Clintonista Candidates
by David Plotz, Slate
Gov. Janet Reno? Sen. Erskine Bowles? Rep. Rahm Emanuel?

Tech & Science

by Chrstina Wood, Popular Science
Shrinking chips and other new technologies are spreading computer power all over the body and then out to the network.


Extreme Fashion Needs No Censor
by Valli Herman-Cohen, Los Angeles Times
Musicians show their funs ide at the Grammy Awards but avoid the skin-baring shockers of ceremonies past.

Death And The Maiden
by Jonathon Keats, Salon
Far from an article of bondage, the corset has been an instrument of liberation.

Thoroughly Modern Monarch
by Ann Gerhart, Washington Post
Jordan's Queen Rania never expected a crown, but she wears it well.

How Cowboys And Cowwgirls Get Into Step
by Robin Pogrebin, New York Times
The choreographer Susan Stroman's exuberant leaps and do-sidos for "Oklahoma!" appear to be the perfect spring antidote to this country's trying autumn.

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