Sunday, June 30, 2002
If the president won't lead the world, then the business community, the American people and their elected representatives in Congress must lead the president.
A Flightless Bird
Connie Chung's new show is a turkey.
Scientists and capitalistss dream of finding a drug that could boost female sexuality. There's one little problem...
The Young And The Restless
When it comes to teaching kids about sex, a little ambiguity makes a lot of sense.
Saturday, June 29, 2002
Tech & Science
Peering Over Einstein's Shoulders
Seeking still more complete descriptions of the workings of spacetime, scientists are testing the boundaries of the special theory of relativity.
On The Other Hand...
It seems what we think we know about lefties is not right at all.
The Plot Ripens
In D.C.'s multi-culti public gardens, food, beauty and friendship grow together.
Sweet Sorrows: Parting's Parties On Embassy Row
Old acquaintance not forgot, but it's never the same again.
Music Made With Soda Cans And Soggy Hamburger
By pulverizing the products sold by multinational corporations, Mr. Herbert is protesting global consumerism. He is also making music.
Textbook Publishers Learn To Avoid Messing With Texas
Textbook battles are legendary in Texas, and the latest round has involved a coalition of nine conservative organizations vetting more than 150 books.
Battlefields, Blues And Barbecue
A family trip from the Deep South to the Midwest, tracking the Mississippi, finds a lot of laid-back Americana.
Theater Company Swaps 'Hunchback' For 'Bellringer'
It did not want to upset people with scoliosis.
Friday, June 28, 2002
Winning The War On Crime — For The Moment
New York has become the most celebrated model of American policing. It still shows how crime can be reduced, but money is a problem.
Warhol's pioneering in art, fashion and other fields echoes in the style makers he influenced.
Our Secret Pledge
Removing the clause would by now threaten the meaning that Pledge recitation developed prior to 1954, when it didn't contain the phrase at all.
Rise! Shine! Give 'Under God' Your Glory!
In the Senate chamber, it's suddenly pledge week.
The Refining Of Religious Neutrality
The emotional reaction to the Pledge of Allegiance decision shows how polarized America can become over the issues of church and state.
Adjusting To A Shift Modern Art's Axis
Modernism as a category presents an array of multiple perspectives, cinematic montage and shifting vantage points. It embodies the concepts of relativity, subjective truth and the subconscious — ideas independently supported by the objective findings of science.
Fighting The Urge To Flee
Gripped by a welter of feelings — loyalty, guilt, financial pragmatism — most New Yorkers are learning to live with the anxiety in a city that experts agree will always be high on the list of terrorist targets.
An Education In Corruption
One of the hardest things about doing business in Asia, at least for this innocent American, is that bribery can be a way of life.
We are swimming underwater,
living our movie
with the soundtrack turned down.
Great balls of fire!
Thursday, June 27, 2002
Answers On An Empty Page
All these questions are answered on the blank pages.
Tech & Science
The Accounting Trick That's Killing WorldCom
It's probably only a matter of time before desperate executives use their alchemy to debase those pure elements and once again turn losses into profits.
Landmark's Second Wind
Golden Gate Park windmill will turn its sails once more.
Remember when Hollywood stars wanted to look rich?
America's Uberdecorator, Still Beautiful To The Fans
This is not the first time the woman they admire has been kicked around. They tend to believe Stewart is innocent, the victim of a post-Enron witch-hunt atmosphere, and perhaps her own ignorance — the victim, most of all, of Those Who Hate Martha.
Teenagers Playing Music, Not Tennis
Music moms' seasons are far longer than those of soccer moms. Their financial payoffs are far smaller and more elusive than those of tennis moms. But they are every bit as competitive, protective, ambitious and self-sacrificing.
Hard-Boiled And Still Hot
Five authors promoting the work of dead authors is not exactly a new way of making a publisher's backlist snap to attention yet again. But we are talking here about Philip Marlowe, private detective, one of the most astonishingly enduring characters in American fiction.
Not Just A Pretty Face
The BBC is looking for 'real people' to be science presenters.
The Scent Of Jasmine
I said goodbye to Tokyo on a chill spring evening, when faded pink cherry blossoms drifted through the sinuous alleys of the Old Town. The discordant traffic sounds and flashing neon faded behind me as I traveled deeper into the shadows.
Wednesday, June 26, 2002
The Last Conglomerateur
Call them what you like—conglomerates don't work. What investors want now, post-Enron, is transparency, clarity, and security, and conglomerates offer the opposite.
The Poor's Best Hope
Removing trade barriers is not just a job for the rich. The poor must do the same in order to prosper.
Tech & Science
No New Dot-Com Job
Ex-tech workers are creating their own non-tech businesses.
How Music Is The Food Of Brain Cells
Medical scans found that instrumentalists and singers have 130 per cent more grey matter in a particular part of their brains compared with those who are unable to play a note.
In Japan, Cute Conquers All
What is it about the culture that young people — men as well as women — are so hooked on cuteness? The answer isn't simple.
Power Of The Penne
Ballplayers can be superstitious about food.
A Cook's Frontyard
Long hidden in the back, fruit and vegetable gardens are now on display all over the Southland.
Connie Chung, Dishing Up The Nightly News
Connie Chung has earned the right to do pretty much whatever she wants, and "Connie Chung Tonight" made a relatively smooth debut.
East Of Midtown, It's The Art Of The Meal
"That is food to one man may be fierce poison to others," wrote the Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius. He might as well have said the same of contemporary art — and of New York neighborhoods. This weekend, as the Museum of Modern Art opens in its new temporary location across the East River in Long Island City, Queens, visitors will have a chance to determine the validity of all three claims.
Beyond The Briefly Inflated Canon: Legacy Of The Mysterious 'W.S.'
A byline that read "W.S." on the poem "A Funeral Elegy" was the first piece of evidence that led scholars to suspect the author was Shakespeare, a theory they have now retracted.
Luxury Jet Outfitters Help Their Clients Live Large
Lufthansa Technik, a German company that specializes in luxury interiors for large private jets, has had its share of requests for Jacuzzis, dog kennels and even garages. But one of the features it is most proud of is the paper doors.
Can't Watch The Beheading Video
It's not seeing him dead that I can't handle. It's the idea of watching it happen.
Tuesday, June 25, 2002
Born To Be Wild?
The "wilderness" is burning, and environmentalists are to blame.
When States' Rights Get In The Way
What was once obvious is becoming painfully obvious again: The doctrine of states' rights, so often invoked as a principle, is almost always a pretext to deny the federal government authority to do things that conservatives dislike.
Tech & Science
The Wireless Arcade
They don't have fancy 3-D graphics, but video games for handheld devices stand poised to capture a huge U.S. market. Why? Because we all have to wait.
Japanese engineers are creating a race of obedient machines for the masses.
When you should buy a plasma TV.
What holds a young dancer back?
A Loss For Words
Ann Landers' syndicated column will cease soon, but her editors will carry on under a different title.
The authorities have decided that hauling around sacks of flour will teach middle schoolers not to get pregnant. My daughter and I think it's a half-baked idea.
If you think bestseller lists are based on solid facts, guess again. But a new technology is promising to improve the hot-book scorecard.
The Hunger: A Food Allergy Mystery
After being 'cured' by a test and treatment most allergists ignore or dismiss, the author went searching for an explanation.
Degrees Of Separation
Gender gap among college graduates has educators wondering where the men are.
When Brain Truma Is At The Other End Of The Thrill Ride
No one knows whether brain injuries suffered by people on thrill rides were caused by the rides themselves. But at least two studies are under way to see whether a cause-and-effect relationship exists.
Their Job Complete, Last Recovrery Crew Leaves Ground Zero
The city and the nation at large marked the end of the recovery effort at ground zero nearly a month ago. But it was only yesterday, as a crew of four firefighters carefully supervised the collection of the last bags of possible human remains from a bank building next door to the site of the towers, that the job was truly, and finally, complete.
Time Management, The Pickle Jar Theory
I strongly encourage everyone to use at least one Time Management System. It empowers you to actually do instead of scurrying about without any goals in sight.
What began as an innovative, amusing, thought-provoking idea has become a tired, predictable and boring program.
Groomed To Be All That
At Disney and Nick, youngsters are carefully scouted and prepped for stardom. They even take classes on how to deal with fans.
Free The Jackson Five! Affirmative Inaction
Would you pick up a magazine with me on the cover?
Scientist Or Storyteller?
Was Sigmund Freud a great medical scientist who uncovered important truths about human psychology, or was he something different - a gifted artist, a philosophical visionary who re-imagined human nature and helped us confront taboos, but whose theories, offered as science, fail under scrutiny?
Monday, June 24, 2002
How Hot Is Too Hot?
What is missing in most conversations in the U.S. about global warming is a sense of urgency.
Tech & Science
Little thumb, your time has come. Or perhaps it has always been.
Riders On The Storm
Apple is a pretty hip company... we use computers... Dammit! Why did Jim (Morrison) have to have such integrity?
The biggest book of the summer is about the end of the world. It's also a sign of our troubled times.
The Kids Are Alright
The garage band scene is alive and well for those who don't wanna sell out.
CNN's New Star Format Put To The Test
The network hopes Connie Chung, debuting tonight, will shore up the personality approach—and ratings.
No Way To Run A Railroad
A bailout won't solve Amtrak's fundamental problem.
Sunday, June 23, 2002
Ann Laners, Advice Giver To The Millions, Dies At 83
Eppie Lederer, who as the syndicated columnist Ann Landers was widely considered responsible for bringing the advice column innto the modern era, died Saturday at her home in Chicago.
To The Ends Of The Earth
Even in the age of satellite phones and global positioning systems, the route that brought East and West together is a world apart.
Ignoring The Booksellers' Conventions
Independent publishers make success by finding a niche.
The pilot process, traditionally an insular, closed-door drama involving television veterans, has lately become infiltrated by a surprising number of filmmakers.
Maybe the real curiosity is that so many of us would expect anything other than boredom from work.
A Novice Paddles To Her Heritage
Theoretically, it is possible to travel from one end of Canada to the other by canoe, with the longest detour on land a scant 12 miles.
Saturday, June 22, 2002
The Political Intolerance Of Academic Feminism
Academic feminists have yet to adequately address the issue: how to reach politically conservative yet "liberated" women.
Tech & Science
Science And Secrets
Lawmakers and universities seek a balance between academic freedom and security in the war on terror.
Music Piracy Not Hurting Recording Industry After All
The Grateful Dead were among the first to figure it out more than 30 years ago. What goes around comes around.
Watch This Airspace
Four disruptive technologies are emerging that promise to render not only the next wave of so-called 3G wireless networks irrelevant, but possibly even their 4G successors.
In a time of sliced-and-diced school budgets and shrinking extracurriculars, the Wagner Ranch Nature Area in Orinda seems like an impossible oasis, a mirage that is sure to vanish at any moment, frog pond and all.
Welcome To The World
In defeat, the U.S. soccer team won an epic victory: It brought America into the world of sports.
The new (and improved) theology of the SAT.
At The TV Anchor Desk, Let's Talk Man-To-Man
Perhaps someday, someone at one of the news stations in town will get hip to a radical, courageous and utterly old approach to presenting the local news: the all-guy anchor team.
Soccer Alive And Kicking On U.S. Playing Fields
Soccer is winning the battle for the hearts and minds of America's youngsters.
Big, Bigger, Biggest: The Supersize Suburb
The American house has been swelling for decades. It has swollen even though it stands on a smaller lot. It has swollen even though a smaller family lives in it.
Under A Clunker's Paint, A Masterpiece Emerges
A special exhibition, "Speed Sport Transport," has been organized to showcase a 1959 VW Beetle, a 1952 Jeep and a 2002 Smart Car at the Museum of Modern Art.
Robot On The Run
Scientists running a pioneering experiment with "living robots" which think for themselves said they were amazed to find one escaping from the centre where it "lives".
Friday, June 21, 2002
Tech & Science
It's The Final Reel For The VCR
Soon, you will no longer be able to buy movie videos at Circuit City. The nation's second-largest electronics retailer is phasing out sales of videotape movies as the chain makes way for the inevitability of DVD.
Perl Is Internet Yiddish
In other words: There's More Than One Way To Do It. Or, as Perl hackers often say, TMTOWTDI.
Airplanes Don't Get No Respect
The glamour of the jet age is gone, and that's a shame. It's time to bring back the wonder.
Why Sagwa's better than Sesame Street.
Washington As Seen In Hollywood's Crystal Ball
No matter what we really thought, no future would be acceptable if it got in the way of the chase scenes.
Missing The Point Of Soccer
The sport's fans bemoan Americans' obsession with scoring.
In California Gold Country, A New Rush For Old Wine
The region starting around the town of Sonora north through Calaveras County, Amador County and El Dorado County has seen a boomlet in small wineries that is drawing vintners in increasing numbers to the rolling, oak-studded foothills along Highway 49.
In Manhattan, A Lust For Large
Like their suburban brethren, New Yorkers have been struck by the urge for big, with sales of larger apartments surging, even as prices continue to rise.
Thursday, June 20, 2002
Tech & Science
Through The Looking Glass
Subtle signs point to a marked transformation, a disruptive technology on the horizon.
Poets Prove Gardening Anything But Boring
Life, the hymn reminds us, although it can be explained in biology lessons, remains, in some essential way, beyond our comprehension. Perhaps it's magic.
A Writer Intent On Rallying The Spirit Of Survival
Poet June Jordan cast a penetrating eye on issues both political and personal.
Lizzy Borden, whose ultraviolent films feature women being beaten, raped and doused in vomit, insists that she is a gender pioneer whose repellent movies are morality tales.
The Battle For Indie Radio
After seven years of bitter infighting, the dissidents have retaken control of Pacifica, the venerable left-wing radio network. Now comes the hard part.
Wednesday, June 19, 2002
Tech & Science
Satellite Radio To The Rescue
Corporate dreck dominates the FM airwaves like never before, but hope for music lovers may finally have arrived.
Why Software Is So Bad...
... and what's being done to fix it.
World Cup In Spanish Joyful
TV isnot radio. It has pictures to go with the talking. The pictures should matter.
The Taste Business
What foreigners love to hate about America is also what they love to buy.
Television And The Trouble With History
Academics may shudder but history on the small screen works.
They're Out Stalking Heads
Competition for booking guests is fierce as Chung and Donahue enter the fray.
The in-flight magazine on a trip to nowhere.
"Why Smart People Can Be So Stupid," By Robert J. Sternberg
Scholars finally tackle the question that has plagued humanity since time immemorial.
Flag On The Field
Soccer, the last acceptable form of nationalism.
Stress Management For Kindergartners
Childhood has become more stressful than ever, although not for the reasons most people think.
The Importance Of Expectations Built Into A Brand Name
As hotel companies have gobbled up competitors over the last decade, creating giant corporate umbrellas over a hodgepodge of names, it has become more important than ever to distinguish one name from another.
An Astonishment Of Riches In A Tiny English Town
Only 9,000 people live in this charming market town near the Welsh border, surrounded by lush and rolling hills. Just 9,000, but Ludlow has no fewer than three Michelin-starred restaurants — the greatest concentration anywhere in Britain outside London.
Tuesday, June 18, 2002
When Conservatives Sue Conservatives
When the the job is finished, when all our freedoms are gone, we'll finally be safe. The bad guys will no longer have reason to hate us.
Bush's bioethics czar Leon Kass wants to criminalize lifesaving medical research as violating the natural order of things. Would he have opposed wiping out smallpox?
Tech & Science
Cat Food For Aardvarks, And Other Zoo Diets
As zoos strive to keep visitors happy and animals healthy in environments close to their natural habitats, zookeepers are making surprising discoveries on their animals' optimal diets.
Strategy Letter V
Most of the companies spending big money to develop open source software are doing it because it's a good business strategy for them, not because they suddenly stopped believing in capitalism and fell in love with freedom-as-in-speech.
Michael Jordan's Brief For Hanes
Is there anything fresh to be said about a mostly white, and mostly naked, group of guys looking from Michael Jordan to their own nether regions with an air of wistfulness and inferiority?
When Khaki Meets Chichi
Lands' End makes some alternations to its conservative image.
How To Get A Kick Out Of Soccer
When the World Cup soccer tournament began, I ran out and bought every soccer magazine I could find on the newsstands. Now, after studying them assiduously for many hours, I have come to a shocking conclusion: Soccer is not dull.
In Rome, Doing As Few Romans Do
A harpist at teatime and a terrace with a view are among the pleasures of staying at Rome's luxury hotels.
Monday, June 17, 2002
Wanted: A Better List
On the FBI's Web site, a glaring symbol of unseriousness.
Restoring The Imperial Presidency
The Bush administration rivals the Nixon White House when it comes to secrecy and unchecked power, with John Ashcroft as our modern-day John Mitchell.
Tech & Science
The Conservation Bomb
There will be 10 billion people on Earth by 2010—and all of them can live comfortably if advances in energy-saving technology continue.
The Great Awakening
With a pill called Modafinil, you can go 40 hours without sleep — and see into the future.
Ripped, Mixed-Up And Burned
This new versatility, however, came along with a new title: criminal.
Philip K. Dick: His Dark Vision Of The Future Is Now
What's missing? The philosophy he dreamed of.
Even A Daughter Can Want To Be Just Like Dad
I've always — OK, almost always — had a great relationship with my dad, but until I was 18 or so I felt more like "Daddy's little boy" than his little girl — more like his second son than his third daughter.
Far, Far Away
Why is the new "Star Wars" so bad? Its creator has lost touch with reality.
"How To Lose Friends And Alienate People" By Toby Young
A would-be member of the media elite describes his hilarious misadventures trying to succeed in the shallow, celebrity-obsessed world of glossy magazines.
With its canary-yellow Everyblob hero, its masterfully simple design and its abstract realm where even death was a cheerful event, Pac-Man brought video gaming out of the bars and into the malls.
Just One Word: Plastic
Why we owe our souls to Wilmington, Delaware.
The Perfect Store
Sunday, June 16, 2002
Tech & Science
What's So New In A Newfangled Science?
Science is a cumulative, fairly collegial venture. But every so often a maverick, working in self-imposed solitude, bursts forth with a book that aims to set straight the world with a new idea.
The Knockout Paunch
This Father's Day, let us praise Dad by celebrating that ever-expanding, much-maligned monument to the good life that he always carries close to his heart — his paunch, his shelf, his spare tire, his front porch, his Buddha, his bay window, his beer gut, his potbelly.
Amtrak Must Die
Amtrak is nearly bankrupt, and just threatened to shut down the whole system in July. What should be done? A train lover's lament.
Recently, some scientific evidence has come to light suggesting that male fertility may not be as ageless as we thought.
Does A Painter With A Camera Cheat?
People fret about painters using "crutches" like lenses, cameras and photographers. But that misses the point. What artists make of these tools is the issue.
A Critical Difference
The larger issue for all female music critics — akin to that faced by female conductors — is how to find and assume the kind of authority they need to help their statements be heard.
Saturday, June 15, 2002
Plus: Homeland ain't no American word.
Tech & Science
Too many patents are just as bad for society as too few.
Twins graduate while helping raise twin brothers.
A Cat Person Gets A Dog
It doesn't purr. It doesn't clean itself. It eats bras.
Talk About Your Lost And Found!
There's nothing better than watching a World Cup game unless it's watching two at the same time.
Artist's Fame Is Fleeting, But Dog Pocker Is Forever
If it were a dog's world, Cassius Marcellus Coolidge would be more famous than he is, which is pretty much not at all.
The Emperor Of Greed
With the help of his bankers, Gary Winnick treated GLobal Crossing as his personal cash cow — until the company went bankrupt.
The Pleasures Of Cooking
The greatest cost of not cooking is that many people don't know what good food is anymore.
The Invisibility Of Asian-American Scholars
Asian-Americans cannot wait for an invitation. We must stand up and speak out. We will surprise ourselves as much as we do others.
Friday, June 14, 2002
Stop Blaming The Weather
The world grows enough food. What the hungry need is economic growth.
The Truman Show
Bush's Department of Homeland Security plan is modeled on Truman's 1947 national security reorganization. Here's why Harry got wrong.
Hoping For A Rebound
Tourism is down everywhere, but in 2001, S.F. fell from top of the charts to 12th in the nation.
In A Family Way
There's a transformation taking place in art museums. These temples of conemplation that once catered mostly to adults now offer a full menu of programs aimed at families — not to mention school groups, singles, teenagers, seniors or any other demographic group willing to walk through the front door.
Postcards From The Cutting Edge
This summer, 60,000 Americans are expected to visit Switzerland, and not just to commune with their inner Heidis. Instead, they will be strolling around for lakeside towns near the French border and gawking at the kind of architecture that is more brave-new-world than yodel-ready chalets.
In A Snob-Free Zone
Is there a place where one is outside all snobbish concerns—neither wanting to get in anywhere, nor needing to keep anyone else out?
Thursday, June 13, 2002
Not Going By The Book
Stemps, art papers and other handmade details transform the staid yearbook at a Santa Monica school.
Sacre Bleu! Dios Mio! It's The Bizarro World Cup!
Fracne fades into Sartrean nothingness, Argentina dances the tango of despair and the United States and Japan, titans of world baseball — sorry, I mean soccer — rise up.
Neglecting The Baby
The first rule of fatherhood is that if you don't see what the problem is, you are the problem.
Step By Step, A New Dad Joins The Family
Since 1993, Father's Day has taken on new meaning for me. Now I think not only of fathers, but of many stepfathers who deserve pats on the back for moving into an important and difficult role they inherited when they fell in love with a single mother.
Young Readers, Harsh Reality
Responding to criticism that books with disturbing subject matter are being aimed at young adults, publishers say that what they are doing is ennobling and educating.
If That Big Mac Leaves A Little Hole
In a city that has always appreciated its doughnuts, the emergence of a new place to buy fresh-made ones hardly seems surprising. But these are McDonuts.
Monday, June 3, 2002
What Really Happened At No Gun Ri?
An Army major says the Associated Press' Pulitzer-winning story of American soldiers massacring Korean civilians is grossly exaggerated and dishonest.
Tech & Science
Giving Your Television A Brain
I haven't met any people who love their VCR, but I know quite a few who express an inappropriate amount of affection for the TiVo box they bought to replace it.
The Elderly Man And The Sea? Test Sanitizes Literary Texts
Ms Heifetz inspected 10 high school English exams from the past three years and discovered that the vast majority of the passages — drawn from the works of Isaac Bashevis Singer, Anton Chekhov and William Maxwell, among others — had been sanitized of virtually any reference to race, religion, ethnicity, sex, nudity, alcohol, even the mildest profanity and just about anything that might offend someone for some reason.
What you've got here is a novice company running up against one of the msot competitive and technologically demanding industries in America.
Quebec's Quiet Isles
In the remote Magdalens, settled by castaways, wild isolation is tempered by comfortable inns, art and execptional food.
Nothing To Wear
From the classroom to the mall, girls' fashions are long on skin, short on modesty.
The Spray, The Leap, The Splash Of Waterfalls
The White Mountains of New Hampshire are blessed with their share of waterfalls, or "cascades" as they were called in the 1800's , when the first mountain tourists, very much under the influence of Wordsworth and the Romantics, tramped from sight to sight in eager search for the "sublime."
A Phantom Menance?
Mike J. Nicholas' unauthorized reedit of "Star Wars: Episode I" burns up the Internet, demonstrating technology's new capabilities. The film empire is watching.
Sunday, June 2, 2002
They're online and underage. And they'll trade you a peek if you fulfill their Wish Lists.
In this story of survival, honey's only the half of it.
Monuments And Mortals
Washington, D.C., is, first and foremost, an idea. This makes it different from most cities, which are, above all, places — places where lots of people happen to live.
So What Would You Call It? Toilettown?
So it was to be "Urinetown" then and forever, a kind of combination badge of honor and thumb in the eye.
Saturday, June 1, 2002
When A Parking Battle Devolves Into A Coin Toss
Today, let's examine how human motives affect daily interactions. Let's examine the thinking that separates us from the animals.
The September 11 X—Files
September 11 was so traumatic, so large, that there will always be people who look to color it—or exploit it—by adding more drama and intrigue, who seek to discern hidden meanings, who desire to make more sense of the awful act. And there will be people who want to believe them.
With The World Band In Your Hands
While shortwave may conjure up images of bulky metal boxes filled with vacuum tubes, manufacturers have co-opted microelectronics to greatly improve how their radios operate while reducing size.
Hong Kong Reignites Fire Of China's Regional Cuisines
Hong Kong's bounty of regional Chinese restaurants is one of the chief lures of this great eating city.
Creative Cities And Their New Elite
Should Pittsburgh recruit gay people to jump-start its economy? Should Buffalo — another fiscally flat-lining city — give tax breaks to bohemians?
This Is Not The Borders I Love
What customers want from brick and mortar bookstores like Borders is the browsing experience.