Tuesday, April 30, 2002
Tech & Science
"The Long Boom" Is Back!
Recession? What recession? A coauthor of 1999's infamously optimistic screed says hte future is still bright.
Fads And Figures
Scientific theories shouldn't be treated like last year's fashion.
Faith In America
It's as important as ever, no matter what you believe.
The New Yorker: Add Hard News, Hold The Glitter
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
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
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
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
Jack Loeffler remembers his friend Edward Abey who loved words, women, beer and the desert.
On Hanoi Menus, Spring Rolls And Profiteroles, Too
Eating out goes on around the clock in Hanoi. And it's not just Vietnamese food.
Autobiography As Haiku
I'm the 60-minute dad.
Sunday, April 28, 2002
The 14-Year-Old Hit Man
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...
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
Clearly, golf is the dumbest game ever. It is pointless, time-consuming and infuriating. I try to play as often as possible.
Popular mythology often takes the place of science.
'Star Wars' Fan Films Come Tumbling Back To Earth
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
The earth is our mother, and her songs, whatever their dialect, belong to all of us. Such is the ideology of "world music."
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
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
The need for common knowledge means a wedding is more than exchange of vows by two individuals.
If you want to be president of the United States, it is a good thing to grow up tall.
Erin Brockovich, The Brank
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
Sen. Fritz Hollings is pushing a bill that supposedly safeguards online privacy — but actually gives intrusive marketers a green light.
The Next Generation
Biotechnology may make superhero fantasy a reality.
Getting The Goods
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
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
"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
Nobody's facing the realities of an aging society.
Tech & Science
Can Computer Books Be Well Written?
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
Hand-held computers have many uses — but who would have thought they could take art home from a museum?
Banned In Dulles
From now on, alas, no discussion of European social democracy, however lascivious, will be mature enough to alarm AOL's algorithms.
And this is how I found myself unemployed and with a criminal record a month shy of my twenty-third birthday.
Art Of Destruction
Nostalgia, relief greet final stages of demolition for old de Young building.
The New York Sun's Not-So-Bright Debut
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
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
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
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
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
Local retailers are threatened, governments are worried, but foreign chains are taking over in Asia.
Can You Riverdance For Me, Honey?
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
For women, 'more family time' has a ring of truth.
Cooking In The Kitchen Of My Favorite Critic
My mother taught me some vital kitchen skills. Planning ahead wasn't one of them.
Musician To Napster Judge: Let My Music Go
A 1960s-era recording artist says he can't get Sony to pay royalties, so his psychedelic pop might as well be free.
Mating Toads, Not Mutants
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
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
Digital recording devices threaten its reign.
The Baby Panic
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
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
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
A study in counterprogramming.
Heard On The Fairway: The Whisper Of Shorter Hems
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
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
The role of mobile telecommunications in the 21st century.
Monday, April 22, 2002
Tech & Science
Building On Ambition
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
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
'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.
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.
The giant sundial in Ingleside Terrace is getting more accurate by the day.
Why Drug Tests Flunk
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
With digicam and laptop, 'independent' journalism rewrites the rules, if not its reporting.
In Paris And Moscow, A Novelist Finds His Time And Place
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
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
Crime and punishment at the mega discount warehouse store.
Mourning My Miscarriage
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
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
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
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
Something old wasn't necessarily outdated, used up, or overly familiar.
The Day The Music Died
Public radio sells out.
Man In Tights
The writer Andrew Sullivan does Shakespeare.
Coloring The News At CNN
An e-mail reveals a disturbing example of the way CNN views race in America.
In Milan, Beauty Is As Beauty Does
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!
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
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?
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?
"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?
PoliSci 101: Carving a grand theory about the war on terror.
Tech & Science
Battle.net Goes To War
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
On being kissed by a chipmunk and othe rperplexities of travel in Disney World.
The future of rock and roll, with the White Stripes, the Strokes, and the Hives.
Why Quitting Is Back
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
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
New book uses statistical methods to analyze avant-grade art.
Wednesday, April 17, 2002
My Man Pervez!
How Bush makes foreign policy too personal.
Broadcasting The War
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.
Yixing or Gaiwan? The right choice can make tea sipping an adventure.
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
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
Here in the San Gabriel Valley, northeast of downtown Los Angeles, more than 500 Chinese restaurant vie for your business.
Lost On 'Mulholland Drive'
We have finally met defeat. A film ahs resisted our efforts to pound it into submission.
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.
Tuesday, April 16, 2002
Tech & Science
Triumph Of The Mod
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
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
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
Egyptologists from Yale have discovered what scientists think is the earliest writing, perhaps earlier than Sumerian writing.
The Final Push
What a father does in the delivery room.
Australian Chefs Broaden London's Culinary Horizons
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
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
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
In Jerusalem's dance clubs, young Israelis party like there's no tomorrow.
Take The DNA Kits Off The Shelves
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
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
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
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
The hidden life and times of a Greenwich Village restaurant.
"Smells Like Teen Spirit"
Was Nirvana's angry, culture-shifting 1991 anthem really a revolution? Maybe not. But it changed my life.
Twisting Arms & Talking Heads
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
North of Sante Fe, an elegant inn sits amid dramatic rock formations that inspired Georgia O'Keeffe.
Celebrities With Sobering Stories To Tell
There are celebrated authors, and then there are authors who happen to be celebrities.
Can't Beat The Buffet
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
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
Six determined women make it to the bottom and back on a beginner's trek that fulfills dreams — and punishes bodies.
Escape From Sugarland
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
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
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
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
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
On Jerusalem's vulnerable buses, fear rides along.
Horrors! Girls With Gavels!
What a difference a day makes. And if the boys stay home — well, there's a lesson there, too.
Concern From The Ground Up
Guidelines for developing the trade center site play it safe. What's needed? A desire to break rules.
Power In Your Hand
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.
How to watch the Masters like a pro.
On Death's Trail, A Detective Larger Than Life
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
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?
Steps that increase security once a plane is in the air may create their own saftey risks.
Neo Is The One
Singapore's biggest movie star has it all: he's breaking the box office and goofing on the government.
Black-Tie Pot Pies
Here's what happens when three Southern Califronia chefs dress up an American classic.
Checking Out The Checkpoints
The curious irrationality of airport security.
Farmer In A Cell?
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
Previous U.S. negotiators describe thankless role of the go-between.
Leaping The Abyss
Stephen Hawking on black holes, unified field theory, and Mariyln Monroe.
Re-creating old-style broadcast dramas allow kids' imaginations to take flight.
Back In The Saddle
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
How fiction's best friend ran out of stuff to read.
Relaunching Governors Island
Governors Island can play an important role in the rebirth of Lower Manhattan.
Unloading His Books, But Not His Conscience
Amazon did well, and I've got money in my checking account. It's the authors I'm worried about.
The rise of the "nobody" memoir.
Wednesday, April 10, 2002
Test Scores Don't Say It All
U.S. students are taught early to work with technology and in diversity.
The Last Gerontocracy
Why the anchors are so ancient.
Louis Rukeyser's Stock On The Rise With CNBC Deal
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
Authors are rebelling against new efforts by Amazon.com 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
In a scant few years, Clinton Street on Manhattan's Lower East Side has undergone the equivalent of a whole body transformation.
Tuesday, April 9, 2002
Why Suicide Bombing Is Now All The Rage
Among Palestinians, dying to kill has become a noble calling. Here's how the practice went from extreme to mainstream.
End Of Their Rope
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
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
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
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.
Calling them rice balls is missing the point. These Japanese snacks are full of surprises.
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
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
Hikes in the mountainous Caribbean island of Dominica lead through emerald forests up to the roiling waters of Boiling Lake.
How 'hard sf' keeps the science in science fiction.
The Shoes Fit, But Feet Grow Rare
Company caters to dwindling numbers of elderly women whose feet were bound.
Monday, April 8, 2002
Tech & Science
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
Despite gaming's enormous popularity, most media coverage of computer games has focused on their reputation for gruesome violence.
Handhelds Of Tomorrow
Think thumb keyboards and protable hard drives — not the overhyped notions of cell phone Web browsers and "pen-based computing."
How do we deal with the ugly furies of motherhood?
My Life For Poetry
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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!
Musings on the written word, as spoken by its author.
The Test Mess
The prospect is for an increasingly stiff dose of testing; and yet the politics of the situation are by no means obvious.
Air travel offers every kind of frustration and revulsion and gnashing of teeth — but the new security apparatus is the least of it.
The pork chop has returned to its former gustatory glory.
In Java, The Wayangs Still Hold Sway
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'
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
Why would Israeli troops program porn?
Tech & Science
Realism May Be Taking The Fun Out Of Games
In games, reality can seem beside the point.
The Wall Street Journal's Smear Campaign
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
With his factually challenged bestseller, Michael Moore becomes an unfortunate poster boy for dissent.
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?
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
A 'Stalinist' theme park in the North is bringing together people from both sides of the divided peninsula.
Bush's "Nuclear Offensive" For Peace?
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
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
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
Models, as tigers, get bare. Oh my.
Identical twin modesl Jaclyn and Kristy Hunt stand out in a crowd, even in Paris.
Of Mystery There Is No End
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
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
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
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
A tour explores some of L.A.'s historic districts, which offer respite from tear-down mania.
Unearth Bitter History Of Washington's Slaves
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
You have to wonder why we tolerate — condone even — this kind of destructive B.S. from coddled, affluent suburban kids.
The Hard News Smackdown
The recent coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict suggests that the network newscasts remain important by default.
Off Off Bourbon Street, A Jubilant Revival
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
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'
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
"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
Vogue's pathetic attempt at body-type diversity.
When PBS Looks Like CBS, I'm Worried
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
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?
As he leaves Harvard for Princeton, K. Anthony Appiah's scholarship takes a new direction.
Tuesday, April 2, 2002
The Other War Room
President Bush doesn't believe in polling — just ask his pollsters.
Bogus Bias At MIT
Gender equity has replaced scientific merit as the value administrators will be judged by.
The Music Is The Message
Leila Steinberg, an unlikely ambassador of hip-hop, informs and inspires at high schools, detention centers and foster homes.
Has Harvey Lost His Way?
How a wandering mogul took Miramax off course and plans to get it back on track.
Code Free Or Die
A new biography of Richard Stallman looks at how the free software mastermind got to be so single-mindedly stubborn.
Ladies Of The Night
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
Pet-sitting businesses fill a howling need for owners.
Wyoming Scenery, African Memories
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
What the Sun will be rising from is the dead.
Auditioning For That Writing Credit
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
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
Hiring freezes are freezing out a generation.