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Tuesday, April 30, 2002

Tech & Science

"The Long Boom" Is Back!
by Katharine Mieszkowski, Salon
Recession? What recession? A coauthor of 1999's infamously optimistic screed says hte future is still bright.

Fads And Figures
by Robert Matthews, Telegraph
Scientific theories shouldn't be treated like last year's fashion.


Faith In America
by Jeffery L. Sheler, U.S. News
It's as important as ever, no matter what you believe.

The New Yorker: Add Hard News, Hold The Glitter
by David Carr, New York Times
Four years after he was plucked from the ranks of staff writers at the magazine by S. I. Newhouse Jr., owner of Advance Publications, Mr. Remnick is not only the man who edits The New Yorker, he sits more comfortably upon the throne, which only four other editors have ever occupied.

Monday, April 29, 2002

Tech & Science

Comforts Of Home Yield To Tyranny Of Digital Gizmos
by Katie Hafner, New York Times
Of all the forces that permeate daily life, perhaps nothing has become more of a tyranny than the bits and pieces of technology that are meant to help one get through the day more easily, but instead are a source of frustration.

The Invention Factory
by Evan I. Schwartz, Technology Review
nathan Myhrvold created Microsoft's research group and left with a vast fortune. Now he's created his own organization to keep innovation humming.


The Holiday Inn Sign
by Andrew Nelson, Salon
Exploding with color, optimism and razzle-dazzle, the now-extinct Holiday Inn "Great Sign" was a true design landmark of the American century.

A Vow Is Kept, A Void Is Left
by Blaine Harden, New York Times
Jack Loeffler remembers his friend Edward Abey who loved words, women, beer and the desert.

On Hanoi Menus, Spring Rolls And Profiteroles, Too
by Florence Fabricant, New York Times
Eating out goes on around the clock in Hanoi. And it's not just Vietnamese food.


Autobiography As Haiku
by Todd Kaufman, Washington Post
I'm the 60-minute dad.

Sunday, April 28, 2002


The 14-Year-Old Hit Man
by Eliza Griswold, New York Times
Tiny has always been just that. He's 14 years old and about four feet tall. That's one of the reasons Tiny — as his street name is translated — makes an effective assassin.


Can't Live With Them. Can't Live Without Them...
by Nick Compton, The Observer
It's official. There's never been a better time to be a single man. But do these men have it all, or are they simply commitment-phobic loners?

It's Time For The Truth About Golf — It's A Game, Not A Sport
by C.W. Nevius, San Francisco Chronicle
Clearly, golf is the dumbest game ever. It is pointless, time-consuming and infuriating. I try to play as often as possible.

Kissing Cousins
by Ann Patchett, New York Times
Popular mythology often takes the place of science.

'Star Wars' Fan Films Come Tumbling Back To Earth
by Amy Harmon, New York Times
The tension between Mr. Lucas and his filmmaking fans may underscore a digital-age conflict that transcends the letter of the law.

For Yo-Yo Ma, All The World's A Band
by Evan Eisenberg, New York Times
The earth is our mother, and her songs, whatever their dialect, belong to all of us. Such is the ideology of "world music."

Wittgenstein's Curse
by Jay Tolson, The Wilson Quarterly
Display the jargon — feminist, neo-Marxist, postcolonialist, deconstructionist, whatever — and you're in, you're one of us, we want you on our tenure track.

Saturday, April 27, 2002

Tech & Science

Spyware Vs. Anti-Spyware
by Damien Cave, Salon
The author of Ad-Aware, a program that removes sneaky software, explains what happened when his own program was zapped by the enemy.


From Weddings To Football, The Value Of Communal Activities
by Virginia Postrel, New York Times
The need for common knowledge means a wedding is more than exchange of vows by two individuals.

Walk Tall
by The Economist
If you want to be president of the United States, it is a good thing to grow up tall.

Erin Brockovich, The Brank
by Austin Bunn, New York Times
Two years after the release of Soderbergh's cinematic folk tale, the 41-year-old Brockovich has arrived on shelves, stage and the small screen.

Friday, April 26, 2002

Tech & Science

A Law To Protect Spyware
by Chris Wenham, Salon
Sen. Fritz Hollings is pushing a bill that supposedly safeguards online privacy — but actually gives intrusive marketers a green light.

The Next Generation
by Joel Garreau, Washington Post
Biotechnology may make superhero fantasy a reality.


Getting The Goods
by A.R. Torres, Salon
Eight months after Sept. 11, I thought I'd buried all of my husband. Finding more of him has meant granting Eddie one last wish.

The Filming Of Philip K. Dick
by Alexander Star, Slate
Dick has a great deal to offer the filmmaker, and Hollywood has responded by making a number of movies from his vast repetoire. But are these movies convincing?

Telling Complex Stories Simply
by Rick Lyman, New York Times
"God knows, this is a thin age for storytelling," said the director Barry Levinson, prompted to this melancholy assessment by a midafternoon screening of Elia Kazan's "On the Waterfront."

Thursday, April 25, 2002


United In Denial
by Robert J. Samuelson, Washington Post
Nobody's facing the realities of an aging society.

Tech & Science

Can Computer Books Be Well Written?
by David Pogue, New York Times
Thank heaven for Web sites like Amazon, where customers write reviews of books they've bought, warning you away from the turkeys and directing you toward the winners.

New 'Smart' Galleries, Wireless And Web Friendly
by Karen Jones, New York Times
Hand-held computers have many uses — but who would have thought they could take art home from a museum?

Banned In Dulles
by Mickey Kaus, Slate
From now on, alas, no discussion of European social democracy, however lascivious, will be mature enough to alarm AOL's algorithms.


Cone Head
by Stephen King, New Yorker
And this is how I found myself unemployed and with a criminal record a month shy of my twenty-third birthday.

Art Of Destruction
by Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle
Nostalgia, relief greet final stages of demolition for old de Young building.

The New York Sun's Not-So-Bright Debut
by Eric Boehlert, Salon
Its support for Israel is unwavering — but New York's just-launched paper is a little shakier when it comes to editorial fundamentals.

One Ring To Rule Them All
by Heather Havrilesky, Salon
From post-"Bridget" fiction to ABC's frightening "The Bachelor," the wedding porn genre mates emasculated Mr. Rights with soulless, life-size Barbies.

A Little Wisdom Goes A Long Way For Quote Collector
by Don Oldenburg, Washington Post
Forging famous people's words into little quote books, those miniature page-turners you see at every checkout counter, Criswell Freeman has spread the wisdom of Texas, Florida, California, New England, girlfriends, gardening, salesmen, cowboys, country music, teachers — and God.

A Muse Full Of Dormers
by Roland Merullo, New York Times
The best-selling author Anita Shreve says that a white clapboard mansard-roof house on the coast of Maine has inspired three of her novels.

Lawrence Summers And His Tough Questions
by Martin Van Der Werf, The Chronicle Of Higher Education
In taking on sacred cows, will Harvard's new president change the university and redefine higher-education leadership?

Wednesday, April 24, 2002


Attack Of The Superstore
by Jim Erickson, Time
Local retailers are threatened, governments are worried, but foreign chains are taking over in Asia.


Can You Riverdance For Me, Honey?
by Meera Atkinson, Salon
At New York's fetish salons, it's all about fantasy — some guys want to sniff you and others want to watch your feet move in clogs.

The Double-Standard Excuse
by Mark leibovich, Washington Post
For women, 'more family time' has a ring of truth.

Cooking In The Kitchen Of My Favorite Critic
by Eric Asimov, New York Times
My mother taught me some vital kitchen skills. Planning ahead wasn't one of them.

Musician To Napster Judge: Let My Music Go
by Damien Cave, Salon
A 1960s-era recording artist says he can't get Sony to pay royalties, so his psychedelic pop might as well be free.


When He Fell
by Carol Muske-Dukes, Slate


Mating Toads, Not Mutants
by Jeff Gould, Metrowest Daily News
Looks can be deceiving. It's as simple as that. To the untrained observer, two toads enjoying a romantic moment together could easily be mistaken for an exotic, two-headed mutant.

Tuesday, April 23, 2002


Ashcroft's Faith In Death
by Richard Cohen, Washington Post
Although ostensibly a conservative, and therefore determined to limit Washington's reach, Ashcroft has slowly been nationalizing the death penalty.

Tech & Science

Fast Forward To VCR's Future
by Benny Evangelista, San Francisco Chronicle
Digital recording devices threaten its reign.


The Baby Panic
by Joan Walsh, Salon
Sylvia Ann Hewlett says young women should start husband-hunting in their 20s if they don't want to end up childless and sad. But she's as clueless about balancing work and family as the career-first feminists she decries.

For Writer Ameen Rihani, A Postscript And An Introduction
by Philip Kennicott, Washington Post
They spent two days resurrecting, analyzing and praising the writings of a man they called "the father of Arab American literature." It was a love feast — but with political implications.

The Right Way To Read
by Barbara Kantrowitz, Newsweek
In the old days, preschoolers had no more pressing business than to learn how to play. New research shows that they benefit from instruction in words and sounds.

PBS Vs. The History Channel
by Virginia Heffernan, Slate
A study in counterprogramming.

Heard On The Fairway: The Whisper Of Shorter Hems
by Ginia Bellafante, New York Times
It is fair to suggest that golf's sex wars are being fought most visibly through fashion.

Reporter Follows Her Instincts And Scoops Local Media On Street Speech
by Lillian Swanson, Philadelphia Inquirer
In unguarded moments, reporters will tell you that the most coveted desk in a newsroom is behind a pillar, as far as possible from their editor's desk. Pity the newcomers.

Evolution, Alienation And Gossip
by Kate Fox, Social Issues Research Centre
The role of mobile telecommunications in the 21st century.

Monday, April 22, 2002

Tech & Science

Building On Ambition
by Terence Chea, Washington Post
It is a remarkable project given that Human Genome Sciences Inc. has lost $520 million over the past decade, generates little revenue and will not have a product on the market for at least several years.

After An Age Of Digital Hubris, Wired's Editor Is Still A Believer
by David Carr, New York Times
Wired magazine is one of the digital revolution's most cherished tribal artifacts. But in the smoldering aftermath of that revolution, is it still necessary?


The Empire Bounces Back
by Devin Gordon, Newsweek
'The Phantom Menace' was a smash — and a mediocre buzz kill. For 'Attack of the Clones,' a wiser George Lucas has been wooing back fans and building a better blockbuster.

Dark Victory
by Richard Corliss and Jess Cagle, Time
An inside look at the new Star Wars episode: how the young Darth vader fell in love and George Lucas rediscovered the heart and soul of his epic series.

by Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle
The giant sundial in Ingleside Terrace is getting more accurate by the day.

Why Drug Tests Flunk
by Janelle Brown, Salon
If the Supreme Court rules in favor of drug testing in public schools, will students come clean? Kids at schools in Indiana, where durg tests rule, say no way.

I On The News
by David Montgomery, Washington Post
With digicam and laptop, 'independent' journalism rewrites the rules, if not its reporting.

In Paris And Moscow, A Novelist Finds His Time And Place
by Alan Furst, New York Times
A few months after I published my fourth book, I decided to become a writer. What mattered most of all was that I'd found something I wanted to write about.

Sunday, April 21, 2002


Japan Braces For A 'Designed In China' World
by James Brooke, New York Times
Spurring the moves are the low wages of Chinese engineers, a growing Chinese market for computer chips and the hope that China's entry into the World Trade Organization will bring protection for patents.


Peanut Butter And Justice
by Jeanne Marie Laskas, Washington Post
Crime and punishment at the mega discount warehouse store.

Mourning My Miscarriage
by Peggy Orenstein, New York Times
When the author's pregnancy ended in Japan, thousands of miles from home, she discovered a culture willing to acknowledge her loss.

Florida: America In Extremis
by Michael Paterniti, New York Times
Maybe the feng shui of the place is a little out of whack, recalling a time in the 60's and 70's when California was the site of our concen, with its odd crimes and laissez-faire lack of accountability.

Where Here Sees There
by George Packer, New York Times
In some ways, global satellite TV and Internet access have actually made the world a less understanding, less tolerant place.

Saturday, April 20, 2002

Tech & Science

How Does A Photo Decide Where To Go? That's The Quantum Mystery
by Peter Parnell (Excerpt), New York Times
Schoolbook physics! This is what they teach! But it's wrong! Well, not wrong. It's true, but it's not the whole truth!


Reading And Revelation
by Wendy Lesser, Chronicle Of Higher Education
Something old wasn't necessarily outdated, used up, or overly familiar.

The Day The Music Died
by James Bowman, Wall Street Journal
Public radio sells out.

Man In Tights
by Eric Konigsberg, New Yorker
The writer Andrew Sullivan does Shakespeare.

Coloring The News At CNN
by Stephen F. Hayes, The Weekly Standard
An e-mail reveals a disturbing example of the way CNN views race in America.

In Milan, Beauty Is As Beauty Does
by Linda Hales, Washington Post
Milan's design week revolves around the world's most influential furniture trade show. But furniture was not the only currency.

Friday, April 19, 2002


Yodeler Tells Yahoo: I'll Sue You-Hooo!
by Lisa Girion, Los Angeles Times
A cowboy-singer-poet from a town called Dusty is accusing Internet giant Yahoo Inc. in a lawsuit of rustling his signature vocalization in thousands of commercials.

Buying Into Hometown Style
by Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times
Veteran retailer Shauna Stein goes in search of local talent and is pleasantly surprised at some of what she finds.

Penthouse To Bite The Dust?
by Lee Quarnstrom, Salon
A former Hustler editor reminisces about the days when you could write about a man who "landed his throbbing 747 of lust in her velvet runway of love." Will Internet porn have writing like that?

What's So Bad About Good Sex?
by Amy Benfer, Salon
"Harmful to Minors" author Judith Levine talks about why American parents are afraid of their teenagers' sexuality, says kids know the difference between coercion and consent — and blasts critics who say she advocates pedophilia.

Thursday, April 18, 2002


What's The Big Idea?
by Eric Alterman, MSNBC
PoliSci 101: Carving a grand theory about the war on terror.

Tech & Science Goes To War
by Howard Wen, Salon
Is an open-source version of Blizzard Entertainment's online gaming service an illegal copyright violation, or just a good example of how the Internet works?


Lost In The Magic Kingdom
by Richard Todd, The Atlantic Monthly
On being kissed by a chipmunk and othe rperplexities of travel in Disney World.

Rock Solid
by Ben Greenman, New Yorker
The future of rock and roll, with the White Stripes, the Strokes, and the Hives.

Why Quitting Is Back
by Rob Walker, Slate
Employee disloyalty is back — or that it never went away. The most important reason is that in the last 15 years or so we've all learned how great it is to quit.

The Fine Art Of Packaging
by Martin Arnold, New York Times
Why are first literary novels — the hardest sell in book publishing — afforded the most expensive hardcover start? Because so many book reviewers are snobbish about things literary and get nervous about reviewing even trade paperbacks, a format they tend not to take seriously.

Of Canvases And Coefficients
by Scott McLemee, The Chronicle Of Higher Education
New book uses statistical methods to analyze avant-grade art.


Who The Meek Are Not
by Mary Karr, The Atlantic Monthly

August Walk
by Rosanna Warren, The Atlantic Monthly

Wednesday, April 17, 2002


My Man Pervez!
by Walter Shapiro, Slate
How Bush makes foreign policy too personal.

Broadcasting The War
by Max Rodenbeck, New York Times
The new power and reach of the Arab media has taken the graphic imagery of Israel's reinvasion of the West Bank into millions of Arab households.


Magic Pots
by C. Thi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times
Yixing or Gaiwan? The right choice can make tea sipping an adventure.

Sexy Specs
by Charles Taylor, Salon
Glasses, like small breasts, seem to be one of those things that women automatically assume men find unattractive.

Sweathing Through Spring's Mercurial Mood Swings
by Phil McCombs, Washington Post
A couple nights there last week you wanted the heat on, and Tuesday it was a record 92 degrees on the Mall and kids were having to eat their ice cream, like, really FAST.

An Asian Odyssey In Los Angeles, Seconds From The Freeway
by R. W. Apple Jr., New York Times
Here in the San Gabriel Valley, northeast of downtown Los Angeles, more than 500 Chinese restaurant vie for your business.

Lost On 'Mulholland Drive'
by Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
We have finally met defeat. A film ahs resisted our efforts to pound it into submission.


The Performance
by Arthur Miller, New Yorker
Harold May would have been about thirty-five when I met him. With his blondish hair parted in the exact middle, and his horn-rimmed glasses and remarkably round boyish eyes, he resembled Harold Lloyd, the famous bespectacled movie comic with the surprised look.

The Famous Poet Lives Secretly Next Door
by Bryan Narendorf, Slate

Tuesday, April 16, 2002

Tech & Science

Triumph Of The Mod
by Wagner James Au, Salon
Player-created additions to computer games aren't a hobby anymore — they're the lifeblood of the industry.

Laser Scanner Takes Measure Of Miss Liberty
by Kenneth Chang, New York Times
To document the precise shape of the statue's exterior copper skin, the Naitonal Park Service has enlisted researchers at Texas Tech University and a high-tech laser instrument.

Anomalies Hint At Magnetic Pole Flip
by New Scientist
If the anomalies continue to grow at the same rate, the Earth's dipole will disappear within just two millennia.

Of Early Writing And A King Of Legend
by John Noble Wilford, New York Times
Egyptologists from Yale have discovered what scientists think is the earliest writing, perhaps earlier than Sumerian writing.


The Final Push
by Michael Lewis, Slate
What a father does in the delivery room.

Australian Chefs Broaden London's Culinary Horizons
by Nina Simonds, New York Times
A group of chefs from Australia and New Zealand have imported their refreshingly open-minded philosophy of using local ingredients and interweaving elements of East and West to create their own unique style of cooking (but please don't call it fusion).

Jeff Bezos' Open Letter On Used Book Sales
by Tim O'Reilly, O'Reilly Network
Anyone who cares about books and authors hsould be applauding Amazon's expansion into the used book market, which is a real boon for consumers, and frankly, even for authors.

The Art In The Popular
by Paul A. Cantor, The Wilson Quarterly
I can hear the howls of protest: "You're comparing a TV critic talking about Gilligan's Island to Socrates discussing the Iliad and the Odyssey: Shame on you!"

Monday, April 15, 2002


Seize The Night
by Richard Leiby, Washington Post
In Jerusalem's dance clubs, young Israelis party like there's no tomorrow.

Take The DNA Kits Off The Shelves
by Bob Herbert, New York Times
There is now an effort in Congress to bring a greater degree of professionalism, order and efficiency to the collection and processing of DNA evidence in rape cases.

Tech & Science

In Defense Of Copyright
by Damien Cave, Salon
A top intellectual property lawyer argues that the Supreme Court's decision to review the Sonny Bono Copyright Extension Act is plain wrong.

Guys And Digital Dolls
by Bob Thompson, Washington Post
What's not to like about an ingenious computer game that tries to imitate real life? A skeptical parent's guide to The Sims.

Tue Futristic Segway Scooter Is A Publicity Success
by Teresa Riordan, New York Times
The importance of "It" may have as much to do with the scooter's future engine as with the scooter itself.


Don't Mention It
by Calvin Trillin, New Yorker
The hidden life and times of a Greenwich Village restaurant.

"Smells Like Teen Spirit"
by Jamie Allen, Salon
Was Nirvana's angry, culture-shifting 1991 anthem really a revolution? Maybe not. But it changed my life.

Twisting Arms & Talking Heads
by Howard Kurtz, Washington Post
Every week, the White House plots strategy for dealing with the Middle East, Afghanistan and the Sunday talk shows.

Comforts In New Mexico's Rugged Landscape
by Kathryn Jones, New York Times
North of Sante Fe, an elegant inn sits amid dramatic rock formations that inspired Georgia O'Keeffe.

Celebrities With Sobering Stories To Tell
by Janet Maslin, New York Times
There are celebrated authors, and then there are authors who happen to be celebrities.

Can't Beat The Buffet
by Jon Filson and Jennifer Bain, Toronto Star
There's an old joke — "The food is bad, but at least there were lots of it" — that pretty much sums up every buffet that ever was.

Sunday, April 14, 2002

Tech & Science

Silicon Valley's Spy Game
by Jeffrey Rosen, New York Times
The post-boom high-tech industry has found a new backer — the Office of Homeland Security. The mission is to help the government track its citizens the way Amazon tracks its customers.


Conquering The Grand Canyon
by Susan Spano, Los Angeles Times
Six determined women make it to the bottom and back on a beginner's trek that fulfills dreams — and punishes bodies.

Escape From Sugarland
by Carol Morello, Washington Post
For most families, five servings of fruits and vegetables per day is the impossible dream. Now meet the Gersons.

The Light At The End Of The Chunnel
by Peter Landesman, New York Times
What was built as a high-speed link for rcih Europeans has become an underground railroad for refugees desperate to make it to England — no matter how dangerous the journey.

Your Life: The Highlights
by Matt Richtel, New York Times
Technology, which has long been used to improve our productivity at work, is now helping us make our leisure time more efficient.

Literary Stories And All-Out Screamers From Stephen King
by Walter Kirn, New York Times
The publication of a new book of stories, "Everything's Eventual," which includes four that appeared in The New Yorker, invites one to reconsider Stephen King.

If It's A Musical, It Was Probably A Movie
by Peter Marks, New York Times
More and more, Broadway musicals are being adapted from popular movies as producers try to make a risky venture safer.

Saturday, April 13, 2002


Route To Terror
by Richard Leiby, Washington Post
On Jerusalem's vulnerable buses, fear rides along.


Horrors! Girls With Gavels!
by Anna Quindlen, Newsweek
What a difference a day makes. And if the boys stay home — well, there's a lesson there, too.

Concern From The Ground Up
by Nicolai Ouroussoff, Los Angeles Times
Guidelines for developing the trade center site play it safe. What's needed? A desire to break rules.

Power In Your Hand
by Sophie Pedder, The Economist
The digital era is supposed to revolutionise television. The way people use it will change, but television will remain mainly a vehicle for mass entertainment.

Seeing Greens
by Alex Heard, Slate
How to watch the Masters like a pro.

On Death's Trail, A Detective Larger Than Life
by Seth Mydans, New York Times
Dr. Pornthip Rojanasunand, perhaps the strangest looking pathologist in the world, is a leading voice for social change in Thailand.

Friday, April 12, 2002


The White Stuff
by Paul Krugman, New York Times
The Bush administration has appointed a recorded number of corporation executives to high-level positions, often regulating or doing business with their former employers.

Tech & Science

Can Technology Foil Hijackers?
by Matthew L. Wald, New York Times
Steps that increase security once a plane is in the air may create their own saftey risks.


Neo Is The One
by Bryan Walsh, Time
Singapore's biggest movie star has it all: he's breaking the box office and goofing on the government.

Black-Tie Pot Pies
by Russ Parsons, Los Angeles Times
Here's what happens when three Southern Califronia chefs dress up an American classic.

Checking Out The Checkpoints
by Malcolm Gladwell, Slate
The curious irrationality of airport security.

Farmer In A Cell?
by Garance Franke-Ruta, The American Prospect
Who Jose Bove, the anti-McDonalds vandal and sometime Palestinian liberator, really is.

Thursday, April 11, 2002


In The Mideast Peace Theater, Well-Rehearsed Exits
by Mark Leibovich, Washington Post
Previous U.S. negotiators describe thankless role of the go-between.


Leaping The Abyss
by Gregory Benford, Reason
Stephen Hawking on black holes, unified field theory, and Mariyln Monroe.

Radio Fliers
by Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Re-creating old-style broadcast dramas allow kids' imaginations to take flight.

Back In The Saddle
by P. Smith, Salon
These days, because I am an airline pilot, people want to know if I'm scared. Of course I'm scared. I would be nervious flying with a pilot who wasn't.

Oprah's Book Fatigue
by Chris Lehmann, Slate
How fiction's best friend ran out of stuff to read.

Relaunching Governors Island
by Robert Yaro and Robert Pirani, New York Times
Governors Island can play an important role in the rebirth of Lower Manhattan.

Unloading His Books, But Not His Conscience
by Fred Bernstein, New York Times
Amazon did well, and I've got money in my checking account. It's the authors I'm worried about.

Almost Famous
by Lorraine Adams, Washington Monthly
The rise of the "nobody" memoir.

Wednesday, April 10, 2002


Test Scores Don't Say It All
by Michael Elliott, Time
U.S. students are taught early to work with technology and in diversity.

The Last Gerontocracy
by Kurt Andersen, Slate
Why the anchors are so ancient.

Louis Rukeyser's Stock On The Rise With CNBC Deal
by Lisa de Moraes, Washington Post
Enterprising Louis Rukeyser has found a way to keep doing his financial investment program and stick it to PBS at the same time.

Online Sales Of Used Books Draw Protest
by David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times
Authors are rebelling against new efforts by to spur sales of used books, a practice that has become a major source of revenue for Amazon but pays nothing to writers or publishers.

And To Think That I Ate It On Clinton Street
by Eric Asimov, New York Times
In a scant few years, Clinton Street on Manhattan's Lower East Side has undergone the equivalent of a whole body transformation.


Tony Takitani
by Haruki Murakami, New Yorker
Tony Takitani's real name was really that: Tony Takitani.

Sierra Gentians
by Jim Powell, Slate

Tuesday, April 9, 2002


Why Suicide Bombing Is Now All The Rage
by Amanda Ripley, Time
Among Palestinians, dying to kill has become a noble calling. Here's how the practice went from extreme to mainstream.

End Of Their Rope
by Steven Brill, Newsweek
If pretrial hearings and the court papers exchanged so far are any indication, "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh seems destined to join a long roster of infamous defendants in famous cases who prove that the American legal system often won't give the bad guys the punishment most people think they deserve.

The Peril Of Too Much Power
by Timothy Garton Ash, New York Times
The fundamental problem is that America today has too much power for anyone's good, including its own.

Tech & Science

ID Cards For 'Trusted Travelers' Run Into Some Thorny Questions
by Matthew L. Wald, New York Times
It is proving extraordinarily difficult to figure out who would qualify for a card that would work as advertised.

Getting Used To Life, Long Life, With Cancer
by Natalie Angier, New York Times
The stigma of cancer and the inevitable sense of doom may be gone, yet the disease still kills and its status in society remains complex.


by Andrew Bender, Los Angeles Times
Calling them rice balls is missing the point. These Japanese snacks are full of surprises.

Lights Out
by Paul Goldberger, New Yorker
The lights have given people the first chance since September 11th to feel that going to the neighborhood of the World Trade Center can be uplifting, not disquieting.

Pathways, Offering Inner Peace At $10 Off
by Peter Carlson, Washington Post
Pathways celebrates a different variety of Washington-area hustlers — aura photographers, shamanic healers, spiritual belly dancers, past-life regression therapists and at least one middle-aged woman who bills himself as an "individual sex coach."

The Steaming Waters Of Dominica's Boiling Lake
by Wayne Curtis, New York Times
Hikes in the mountainous Caribbean island of Dominica lead through emerald forests up to the roiling waters of Boiling Lake.

High-Tech Futures
by Charles Sheffield, Washington Post
How 'hard sf' keeps the science in science fiction.

The Shoes Fit, But Feet Grow Rare
by Henry CFhu, Los Angeles Times
Company caters to dwindling numbers of elderly women whose feet were bound.

Monday, April 8, 2002

Tech & Science

Mastering Memory
by Benedict Carey, Los Angeles Times
It's normal to grow more forgetful as we age, but research suggests that the brain can stay surprisingly retentive if it's kept stimulated.

Games People Play On Computers
by Steven Johnson, New York Times
Despite gaming's enormous popularity, most media coverage of computer games has focused on their reputation for gruesome violence.

Handhelds Of Tomorrow
by Claire Tristram, Technology Review
Think thumb keyboards and protable hard drives — not the overhyped notions of cell phone Web browsers and "pen-based computing."


Raging Mom
by Dayna Macy, Salon
How do we deal with the ugly furies of motherhood?

My Life For Poetry
by Michael Kinsley, Washington Post
Friends of the Earth and friends cannot avoid moral responsibility for wrecking people's lives, as they attempt to do, by calling for a "moratorium" on therapeutic cloning rather than an outright ban.

Footprints Of Greatness On Your Turf
by Frank Conroy, New York Times
Most writers are aware, or become aware, that writing is a curious business, involving odd currents running every which way under the surface.

'60 Minutes' And Its Icon Plan For Shift In Generations
by Jim Rutenberg, New York Times
The withdrawal of Mr. Wallace, the face of the program since it began, effectively begins a slow and deliberate change of leadership at "60 Minutes" — the first in its 34-year history.


Take These Mottoes, Please
by David Martin, Los Angeles Times
When it comes to state mottoes, it's time for a change. Some are old. Some are boring. Some are even in Latin.

Sunday, April 7, 2002

Tech & Science

Lessig's Doomsday Look At Cyberspace
by Knowledge@Wharton
The hype is deserved: Lawrence Lessig's "The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World" offers a devastating analysis of how the freedom and creativity originally built into the Intenret are now being built out of it by corporationgs and lawyers with a vested interest in controlling what people do online and deciding who has access to what.


Press Play To Access The Future
by Richard Natale, Los Angeles Times
The DVD format has opened up new ways for audiences and future filmmakers to experience movies — some intended and some quite definitely not.

A Retail Spying Spree
by Marc Ballon, Los Angeles Times
Known as mystery shoppers and gaining use, they act like typical customers. But what they find can bring a worker praise — or dismissal.

The Last Tsar
by Annie Gowen, Washington Post
For a quarter century, James Biedron made his Russian language and history classes the stuff of high school legend. Now that he's retiring, his regime is being tossed on the dustbin of history.

Reinventing Trinity
by Amy Argetsinger, Washington Post
After years spent struggling as a Catholic women's college, Trinity has been transformed by the students in its own back yard.

Decoding The Meaning In The Bush Message
by Mark Leibovich, Washington Post
Bush might not have been conscious of any of this — his clothes, his mannerisms, his setting. But they were still potent signifiers that were embedded in his speech Thursday.

Writers Of The World Recite!
by Toby Cecchini, New York Times
Musings on the written word, as spoken by its author.

The Test Mess
by James Traub, New York Times
The prospect is for an increasingly stiff dose of testing; and yet the politics of the situation are by no means obvious.

Search Me
by Michael Berube, New York Times
Air travel offers every kind of frustration and revulsion and gnashing of teeth — but the new security apparatus is the least of it.

Belly Up
by Jonathan Reynolds, New York Times
The pork chop has returned to its former gustatory glory.

In Java, The Wayangs Still Hold Sway
by Derwin Pereira, Straits Times
For the Javanese villager, the art of the wayang is not simply entertainment. Many stories and wayang figures have a special mystical function.

Saturday, April 6, 2002


'Enough Is Enough'
by Jim Hoagland, Washington Post
George W. Bush put the credibility of the American presidency on the line in the Middle East yesterday in a high-risk, high-stakes play that he msut now see through.

Porn And Politics In Palestine
by Charles Paul Freund, Reason
Why would Israeli troops program porn?

Tech & Science

Realism May Be Taking The Fun Out Of Games
by Edward Rothstein, New York Times
In games, reality can seem beside the point.


The Wall Street Journal's Smear Campaign
by Eric Boehlert, Salon
The paper's Op-Ed pages have long been a platform for political assassination. But their latest target is a rival paper that is competing for a Pultizer Prize.

One Moore Stupid White Man
by Ben Fritz, Spinsanity
With his factually challenged bestseller, Michael Moore becomes an unfortunate poster boy for dissent.

Trail Mix
by Scott Berg, Washington Post
There's more to Shenandoah National Park than inching along Skyline Drive; park your car and stay awhile.

Rethinking Reagan: Was He A Man Of Ideas After All?
by Adam Clymer, New York Times
Ronald Reagan has been out of office for 13 years, and American academics, one group that steadfastly resisted his political charms, are beginning to re-evalaute him.

Friday, April 5, 2002


Resort That Kindles Korean Relationship
by Andrew Ward, Financial Times
A 'Stalinist' theme park in the North is bringing together people from both sides of the divided peninsula.

Bush's "Nuclear Offensive" For Peace?
by David Corn, AlterNet
Will someone please buy George W. Bush a dictionary? It's not that he needs to expand his vocabulary, but his administration has been misusing common words and, in the process, perverting political discourse.

Tech & Science

Science Fiction
by Chris Mooney, Washington Monthly
After spending half a billion taxpayer dollars, alternative medicine gurus still can't prove their methods work — how convenient.

Few Risks Seen To The Children Of 1st Cousins
by Denise Grady, New York Times
Contrary to widely held beliefs and longstanding taboos in America, first cousins can have children together without a great risk of birth defects or genetic disease.


Tigers In Times Square
by Ben McGrath, New Yorker
Models, as tigers, get bare. Oh my.

Double Exposure
by Valli Herman-Cohen, Los Angeles Times
Identical twin modesl Jaclyn and Kristy Hunt stand out in a crowd, even in Paris.


Of Mystery There Is No End
by Leonard Michaels, New Yorker
Traffic might move at any moment. He might still get to the dentist on time, but Nachman was pessimistic and he assumed that he would miss his appointment.

Thursday, April 4, 2002

Tech & Science

The Inner Savant
by Douglas S. Fox, Discover
Are you capable of multiplying 147,631,789 by 23,674 in your head, instantly? Physicist Allan Synder says you probably can, based on his new theory about the origin of the extraordinary skills of autistic savants.

Living On Internet Time, In Another Age
by John Schwartz, New York Times
Thomas Alva Edison's labs at the Edison National Historic Site in West Orange, N.N., have never stopped innovating. But then, as now, innovation involves starts and stops.


Small Screen Downplays Big Rents
by Steve Kerch, CBS Marketwatch
The apartments in New York ought to be considered for an Emmy award. Their performance in a number of popular television shows overshadow a lot of the work by actors int he series themselves.

The Quest For A Sense Of Place
by Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
A tour explores some of L.A.'s historic districts, which offer respite from tear-down mania.

Unearth Bitter History Of Washington's Slaves
by Acel Moore, Philadelphia Inquirer
The U.S. Park Service should not be allowed to cover over the glaring contradictions - call them acts of hypocrisy - by this nation's first president.

Terps And Perps
by Michelle Cottle, The New Republic
You have to wonder why we tolerate — condone even — this kind of destructive B.S. from coddled, affluent suburban kids.

The Hard News Smackdown
by Caryn James, New York Times
The recent coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict suggests that the network newscasts remain important by default.

Off Off Bourbon Street, A Jubilant Revival
by William Grimes, New York Times
In New Orleans, a city that loves to be entertained, the dining slump is over.

Wednesday, April 3, 2002


Independent Media Centers: Cyber-Subersion And The Alternative Press
by Gene Hyde, First Monday
While criticism of corporate media has been growing, Independent Media Centers have actively covered alternative viewpoints, and have successfully used the Web to broadcast news.

Tech & Science

A Dim View Of A 'Posthuman Future'
by Nicholas Wade, New York Times
Francis Fukuyama, the political theorist, warns in a new book that biotechnologists may someday alter human nature.


The Catholic Man With The Sign: Suddenly People Are On His Side
by Alan Cooperman, Washington Post
"Pedophilia: Catholic Clergy's Sordid 'Professional Secret,'" reads the latest version, which he shakes back and forth to catch a driver's fleeting attention, then flips over to deliver a second punch: "Gross and So True."

A La Mode
by Emily Nussbaum, Slate
Vogue's pathetic attempt at body-type diversity.

When PBS Looks Like CBS, I'm Worried
by Joanne Weintraub, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Faced with its smallest audience in 23 years and growing competition from cable, PBS has come to look more and more like the commercial networks to which it's supposed to offer an alternative.

Cutting Off Oscar
by Tad Friend, New Yorker
The test of any technology is the extreme case. For TiVo, the digital video-recording device, it is capturing the wily and elusive Academy Awards broadcast.

Is Race Real? How Does Identity Matter?
by Danny Postel, Chronicle Of Higher Education
As he leaves Harvard for Princeton, K. Anthony Appiah's scholarship takes a new direction.


Cell 7: The Mocking Of Christ
by Angie Estes, Slate

Tuesday, April 2, 2002


The Other War Room
by Joshua Green, Washington Monthly
President Bush doesn't believe in polling — just ask his pollsters.


Bogus Bias At MIT
by John Leo, U.S. News
Gender equity has replaced scientific merit as the value administrators will be judged by.

The Music Is The Message
by Bronwyn Garrity, Los Angeles Times
Leila Steinberg, an unlikely ambassador of hip-hop, informs and inspires at high schools, detention centers and foster homes.

Has Harvey Lost His Way?
by Jess Cagle with Jeffrey Ressner, Time
How a wandering mogul took Miramax off course and plans to get it back on track.

Code Free Or Die
by Andrew Leonard, Salon
A new biography of Richard Stallman looks at how the free software mastermind got to be so single-mindedly stubborn.

Ladies Of The Night
by Susannah Meadows, Newsweek
For most of its 27 years, 'Saturday Night Live' has been comedy's premier boys' club. But not anymore.

Doggy Day Care: It's Barking Up The Right Tree
by Andrea Rouda, Washington Post
Pet-sitting businesses fill a howling need for owners.

Wyoming Scenery, African Memories
by Blaine Harden, New York Times
Surrounded by elk and moose in her handsome home near Jackson Hole, Alexandra Fuller wrote an unblinking memoir about growing up during the war over minority rule in Rhodesia.

Monday, April 1, 2002


by Hendrik Hertzberg, New Yorker
What the Sun will be rising from is the dead.

Auditioning For That Writing Credit
by Michael T. Jarvis, Los Angeles Times
The highlight of "Hollywood Pitch Market: A Screenwriters Conference" is a pitch-a-thon where writers get five minutes to present ideas to movie executives before moving to the next table.

Jasper Fforde: A Novelist Who Writes For Himself
by Mervyn Rothstein, New York Times
The British novelist Jasper Fforde wrote during time off from his work as an assistant cameraman.

Young People Feel A Chill In Japan's Hiring Season
by James Brooke, New York Times
Hiring freezes are freezing out a generation.

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