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Saturday, August 31, 2002


Sept 11, 2002: A Time To Speak Up
by Andrei Cherny, Washington Post
In a moment still crying out for context and guidance, our democratically elected officials have decided to turn to the ideas and words of the past.


Will The Price Be Right To Turn Around Fortunes?
by Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
With the recording industry in decline, retailers and labels hope they can revice sales through bigger discounts.

A Brave New Workspace, With A Human At Its Center
by Linda Hales, Washington Post
Designers have just come off a decade of wild experimentation.

Friday, August 30, 2002


Come On In
by The Economist
Ho wbad is American food? And whose fault is it?

Chasing Steinbeck... With Children
by Rachel F. Elson, Salon
Andromeda Romanao-Lax set out to retrace the writer's path to the Sea of Cortez. But while Steinbeck's book bears little mention of his wife, Romano-Lax's is driven by the presence of her family.

On Bubble Wrap
by John Powers, LA Weekly
The Nation vs. The Weekly Standard.

Thursday, August 29, 2002

Tech & Science

One Small Step For Man...
by Steven E. Landsburg, Slate
... and one giant leap for economists: How we figured out why people walk up staircases but not up escalators.

When Economics Shifts From Science To Engineering
by Hal R. Varian, New York Times
Economists are increasingly being called on to give advice on a variety of market and market-like mechanisms, making economics look more like engineering than it does pure science.


Cat People Vs. Dog People
by Laura Miller, Salon
Who is more annoying?

These Images Really Leap Off The Page
by Ginny Chien, Los Angeles Times
Who needs words in a book when menacing dinosaurs, funny bugs and Curious George spring forth from the pages?

'Lucky Jack' Aubrey's Latest Port: Hollywood
by Ken Ringle, Washington Post
Can Russell Crowe handle sea saga's great surprise?

Bloomberg News Humbled
by William Safire, New York Times
Let me see if I can write today's column without getting sued.

Wednesday, August 28, 2002


The Most Dangerous Institution
by Jack Kelly, American Heritage
For nearly a hundred years, the FBI has been fighting for America—with its discipline and professionalism often at odds with its shadowy, extralegal tactics.


The Word Factory
by Libby Brooks, The Guardian
Blockbuster novelist Iain Banks has surpassed himself. He usually spends three months working on a book — but his latest novel, Dead Air, took him just six weeks.

Mint Gives No Quarter On Commemorative Coins
by Linda Hales, Washington Post
It started out as a two-bit tussle out on the Great Plains. But now the design of the 2003 Missouri quarter has become a cause celebre on the sidewalk outside the Treasury Department.

The Information Age Processes A Tragedy
by Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
An outpouring of books analyzing, exorcising and merchandising the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are being published around or after the anniversary.


Shylock On The Neva
by Gary Shteyngart, New Yorker

by Cory Doctorow, Salon

The Polish Biographical Dictionary In A Library In Houston
by Adam Zagajewski, Slate

Tuesday, August 27, 2002


A World Without Water
by Ginger Adams Otis, The Village Voice
Faster than you can say Evian.


Do The Math
by Jay Mathews, Washington Post
At East L.A.'s Garfield High, an advanced placement program worth studying.

A Literary Alternative To Reading A Travel Guide
by John Schwartz, New York Times
You're packing for a business trip to a foreign city. Clothes? Check. Toothbrush? Check. The laptop? Check. The book? Grisham? Again?

Pouring It On
by Dina ElBoghdady, Washington Post
The Starbucks strategy? Locations, locations, locations.

Italics Effeminate? Hardly!
by Mario Garcia,
It is time to give italics a bit of credit.

Afghan's Thirst For Web Access
by Andrew Stroehlein, Online Journalism Review
Exiles became experts at online publishing but have returned to a devastated communications infrastructure.

'This Is Not A Biography'
by Jacqueline Rose, London Review of Books
How not to write a biographyof Sylvia Plath? We might put the question another way.

Monday, August 26, 2002

Tech & Science

What Really Makes You Fat?
by J. Madeleine Nash, Time
Should you count calories or carbs? The latest research may surprise you.


The Slow Lane
by John Seabrook, New Yorker
Can anyone solve the problem of traffic?

A Road Runs Through It
by Jonathan Glancey, The Guardian
How do you build a new office complex in a city already jammed full? Simple: wrap it around a motorway.

Why Not Put Off Till Tomorrow The Novel You Could Begin Today?
by Ann Patchett, New York Times
Life's activities can serve as a series of stalling techniques for beginning to write a new novel.

Ennobled By Jazz
by Lucas E. Morel, Christianity Today
Raph Ellison and the music of American possibility.

Sunday, August 25, 2002

Tech & Science

'Redesigning Humans': Taking Charge Of Our Own Heredity
by Gina Maranto, New York Times
Gregory Stock advocates the wholesale adoption of genetic manipulations with the purpose of finally taking control of human evolution.


Venting On Venturing: A Few Things We Hate About Travel
by Susan Spano, San Francisco Chronicle
When I get grumpy like this, it means I need to travel.

Tiny-Book Publisher Is Losing Her Vision
by Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Age-related condition will force closure of Pennyweight Press, which has produced 530 miniature titles in 27 years.

Heartburn Hotel
by Steven Pearlstein, Washington Post
No one said it would be easy opening a trendy hotel in a 160-year-old abandoned government office building. But this was ridiculous.

Teaching The Teacher
by Megan J. Breslin, New York Times
I hadn't hesitated to bring politics into my classroom, until a mother taught me a thing or two about diplomacy.

Children Of The Night
by Seth Kugel, New York Times
Snug in bed? No. Like New York's adults, its kids are often up and about in the wee hours.

Tunnel Of Love: Riding The Singles Car
by Jacob Gershman, The New York Sun
In this lonely city of 8 million people, it happens all the time. You're minding your own business in the subway when you look up from the newspaper and notice the eyes of another rider — an attractive person, someone you'd like to meet.

Saturday, August 24, 2002

Tech & Science

Does The Universe Exist If We're Not Looking?
by Tim Folger, Discover
Eminent physicist John Wheeler says he has only enough time left to work on one idea: that human consciousness shapes not only the present but the past as well.


Time Running Out For The 30-Second Commercial
by John Billett, The Times
TV advertisers are losing their captive audience.

Home Decor Magazines Take The Gloss Off The Chic
by Linda Hales, Washington Post
Voyeurism is out. Getting is in. Just buy it.

How Far Away? Far Enough!
by Steven Erlanger, New York Times
The Seychelles, a nation of islands in the Indian Ocean, have dazzling scuba diving in waters that can wash away a world of troubles.


Penis Puppetry Show Opens In Los Angeles
by Gina Keating, Reuters
Some actors use their eyes. Other perform from the heart. David "Friendy" Friend and Simon Morley rely on an organ not previously known for its acting skills.

Friday, August 23, 2002


Bush's White Elephant
by Grover Norquist, Salon
The president's high approval ratings are a liability.

Tech & Science

Send In The Clones
by The Economist
Will a relaxed attitude to regulation make Singapore the stem-cell-research capital of the world?


The Outsider
by Hilary Burden, The Times
What is the point in having ties when society lets us down.

The Young And The Rested
by The Economist
One part of the American workforce is hurting badly—teenagers.

Viewer Discretion
by Carina Chocano, Salon
CNN's al-Qaida tapes were grisly and important, and offered a promising look at what a news channel could actually be.

Breakfast At Empathy's
by Virginia Heffernan, Slate
Sex and the City's bittersweet fifth season finally wins our woman over.

Uneasy Alliances
by The Phoenix
In US policy, some of us are more equal than others.

Hit Charade
by Mark Jenkins, Slate
The music industry's self-inflicted wounds.

A Nation Of Bloggers And Googling By E-Mail
by Pamela LiCalzi O'Connell, New York Times
The number of weblogs now tops a half-million, by most estimates. It's no surprise that some bloggers are craving some order out of chaos.

Thursday, August 22, 2002

Tech & Science

How U.S. Fears Hurt Business
by Murray Hiebert with Ben Dolven, Far Eastern Economic Review
American companies are crying 'Foul.' As they rush to sell more hi-tech goods to China, some have hit a wall thrown up by a U.S. government worried about national security and suspicious of Chinese intentions. And critics say the strategy isn't even working.

The IT Split
by Robert Shapiro, Slate
Why Japan's tech industry bombed while America's boomed.


Fat Chance
by Marion McGilvary, The Times
So Jamie Lee Curtis has given up the star struggle and become an ordinary fortysomething. Oh no, you don't.

Weblogs Of The Stars
by Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
Hollywood personalities share their innermost thoughts, interesting or not, on the Internet.

The Mysteries Of Life Inspire Michael Connelly
by Gary Dretzka, San Francisco Chronicle
'Blood Work' author studied his friend's reaction to receiving a heart transplant.

Whirl Of The Words
by Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Project Movilivre, on a cross-country tour, offers alternative, handmade publications.

Fox Populi
by Charles P. Pierce, Salon
What do the barking heads of Fox News Chanel and other Murdoch media have that CNN, Rather and Donahue don't? A true, virtuous, tabloid soul.

Why All TV Series Aren't Simply Set In Tempe, Ariz.
by Rick bentley, The Knoxville News-Sentinel
Action on a TV program must take place somewhere, and that means every television show is set in a real or fictional geographic location.

He's Not Moses, But He's Something Else
by Richard Dreyfuss, National Review
My tribute to Charlton Heston.


Jani And The Pigeon Man
by Bill Carrigan, Potpourri Magazine

Wednesday, August 21, 2002


Yankee Austerity
by Peter Du Pont, Wall Street Journal
In Vermont today even George Washington's first campaign woul dbe illegal.

Tech & Science

Adoring Nature, Till It Bites Us In The Back
by Natalie Angier, New York Times
Biophilia, humanity's tendency to be drawn toward nature, enfolds biophobia, a fear of being sucked down and overwhelmed by too much nature.

Forever Young
by Ronald Bailey, Reason
Th enew scientific search for immortality.


Such Delicious Extravagance
by Marc Ballon, Los Angeles Times
Have you noticed what's been happening to the hamburger?

Tax Revolt Takes Aim At A County's Libraries
by Timothy Egan, New York Times
A group of antitax crusaders are trying to shutter the libraries of Stevens County, in an effort that the American Library Association says may be the first aimed at dissolving an entire county library system by referendum.

Coming Up Next: Ambushed On "Donahue"!
by Henry Jenkins, Salon
More dangerous than Grand Theft Auto 3 — a defender of video games is given the trash talk-show treatment. Here's what he really wanted to say.

Newspaper Ads Are Down Again, Causing Worries
by Felicity Barringer, New York Times
Just a month ago, the newspaper industry was somewhat optimistic about the near future after a mildly encouraging ad-page performance in the second quarter. But now it is having second thoughts.


Fionn, Finnegas And The Salmon Of Wisdom
by Walker Brents, San Francisco Reader

Tuesday, August 20, 2002


Behind Economy's Dark Clouds, Here Are Some Silver Linings
by Dan Gillmor, San Jose Mercury News
Plenty of things are right with the world — or at least showing signs of progress. Consider these few examples.

Tech & Science

Real Time
by Gary Stix, Scientic American
The pace of living quickens continously, yet a full understanding of things temporal still eludes us.

The 19th-Century Internet
by Tom Standage, Context Magazine
A jaded editor once said, "There are no new stories, just new reporters."


The Talent Myth
by Malcolm Gladwell, The Times
Business wisdom decrees that the more talent you hire, the more successful your company. So why did Enron, epitome of that belief, collapse in disgrace?

Too Hot To Handle
by Eric Boehlert, Salon
The New York Fire Department suffered a communications breakdown on Sept. 11, and hundreds of firefighters died. Why are so many jouralists ignorning the story?

In Florence, Michelangelo Has His Moment
by Alan Riding, New York Times
Three Italian exhibitions explore how the master influenced art and the notion of beauty.

Old CD-ROMs Never Die, They Just Become Unreadable
by Scott Rosenberg
What's depressing to realize today is that most of these old discs are not only not terribly interesting but, today, actually inaccessible.

Some Magazines Are Publishing Biggest September Issues Ever
by David Carr and Allison Fass, New York Times
The September results of some magazines are so noteworthy.

Abolish The New York Times Wedding Pages!
by Timothy Noah, Slate
Including same-sex unions is a halfway measure toward equality.

The Joy Of Living Dangerously
by Richard Dawkins, The Guardian
Forget exams and league tables. Real education, exemplified by a maverick headmaster almost 100 years ago, is about the power of knowledge and the thrill of discovery.


Best Laid Plans
by Bess Kemp, (this) poetry site

Monday, August 19, 2002


Democracy's Quiet Victory
by Joshua Muravchik, New York Times
A remarkable chain of events in recent months suggests that democracy is completing its triumph as a global norm, endangering the remaining pockets of authoritarianism.


The Cooking Game
by Adam Gopnik, New Yorker
Six chefs, nine ingredients, seven days.

Masterpiece: 12 Monkeys
by Virginia Vitzthum, Salon
Combining time-travel thriller and experimental film, Terry Gilliam's 1995 oddball classic steals a tale of doomed love and cruel fate from Hitchcock — then pays back the debt.

Today's High? So Hot It Has An Unlisted Number
by Joel Garreau, Washington Post
Why would any normal person, sitting on the porch, two-thirds of the day into a six-pack, care what the dew point is?

In Three Dimensions, Words Take Flight. Literally.
by Matthew Mirapaul, New York Times
Science fiction? Science with fiction, really.

Sunday, August 18, 2002


Camps For Citizens: Ashcroft's Hellish Vision
by Jonathan Turley, Los Angeles Times
Attorney general shows himself as a menace to liberty.

Tech & Science

NASA Plans To Read Terrorist's Minds At Airports
by Frank J. Murray, Washington Times
Airport security screeners may soon try to read the minds of travelers to identify terrorists.


The XXX Files
by Victoria Coren and Charlie Skelton, The Observer
Their plan was to make the best porn movie ever, so how did Victoria Coren and Charlie Skelton end up in Amsterdam with a frozen chicken, a camp exotic dancer and an actress who'd lost her underwear?

Queer As Folk
by David Hajdu, New York Times
How did an earnest voice and an acoustic guitar become the sound of lesbian culture?

In The Backbone Of The World
by Barry Est Abrook, New York Times
Among the peaks, pinnacles and valleys of Glacier National Park in Montana, it is easy to find yourself eye to eye with wildlife.

Troubled Airlines Face Reality: Those Cheap Fares Have A Price
by David Leonhardt with Micheline Maynard, New York Times
Now, suffering their worst financial losses ever, the nation's biggest carriers plan to start bringing service more closely in line with their fares.

Cabby, Take Me To The Esplanade
by Suhaila Sulaiman, Straits Times
Do you say Espla-NARD? Or Espla-NAID?

Saturday, August 17, 2002


Watching You Watch Them: A Visit To The Bronx Zoo
by Douglas Martin, New York Times
A safari to the Bronx Zoo reveals that each animal represents an advertisement for the well-being of its brothers and sisters, as well as its habitat.

The King Of Schlock
by Adam Buckman, New York Post
If a network wants to celebrate the life of Elvis Presley, the last thing it should do is present one of his God-awful movies.

Friday, August 16, 2002

Tech & Science

Hacking Las Vegas
by Ben Mezrich, Wired
The inside story of the MKIT blackjack team's conquest of the casinos.

Why Johny Can't Program
by Dan Bricklin
How the author constructs instructions to a computer, and how they can correctly anticipate the results, can affect acceptance of a system.


10 Tips On Writing The Living Web
by Mark Bernstein, A List Apart
If th ewords are dull, nobody will read them, and nobody will come back. If the words are wrong, people will be misled, disappointed, infuriated. If the words aren't there, people will shake their heads and lament your untimely demise.


On The Death Of Werner Aspenstrom
by Robin Fulton, Sherasman

Thursday, August 15, 2002

Tech & Science

Language Gene Is Traced To Emergence Of Humans
by Nicholas Wade, New York Times
A study of the genomes of people and chimpanzees has yielded a deep insight into the origin of language, one of the most distinctive human attributes and a critical step in human evolution.


The Domestic Male
by Julian Barnes, New Yorker
Oh, yes, and I need praise. All late-onset cooks do.

A Midtown Skyscraper Quietly Addds Armor
by James Glanz and Eric Lipton, New York Times
The owner of the Citigroup building has undertaken a secretive project to strengthen the building's structure in case catastrophe strikes.

Will Kinsley's Slate Get Wiped?
by Staci D. Kramer, Online Journalism Review
Pioneering is seldom easy and online magazine Slate has taken its share of knocks.


The Improbable Piano
by Robert Pranzatelli, Fictive

Wednesday, August 14, 2002


The Answer To Hate-America TV
by David Hoffman, Washington Post
Overseas broadcasting is the wrong answer to the wrong question.

The Fog Of Newspapering
by Jack Shafer, Slate
In which the New York Times pretends ignorance over who is leaking the Iraq war plans.

Homeland Insecurity
by Charles C. Mann, The Atlantic
A top expert says America's approach to protecting itself will only make matters worse. Forget "foolproof" technology—we need systems designed to fail smartly.

Tech & Science

Kirsten Nygaard, Built Framework For Modern Computer Languages, Dies
by John Markoff, New York Times
Kirsten Nygaard laid the groundwork for modern computer programming languages and helped Scandinavian workers influence the design of labor-saving computer technologies.

Most Deadly Of The Natural Disasters: The Heat Wave
by Tara Bahrampour, New York Times
Heat waves come on subtly, raising summer temperatures just a little higher than normal and then receding. But they kill more people in the United States than all other natural disasters combined.


Sea Urchin
by Chang-Rae Lee, New Yorker
I've always liked food, but now I'm bent on trying everything.

Playing Against Type
by Hwee Hwee Tan, Time
A promising new novelist fuss political allegory with mystical realism to get under Singapore's skin.

Orwell's Dirty Secret
by DJ Taylor, The Guardian
What happens when biographers discover something loathsome about their subject?

Could You Please Avert Your Eyes?
by Jon Carroll, San Francisco Chronicle
What if God were one of us, just a slob like one of us? On the other hand, what if God were the guy in the booth at the Sutter-Stockton Parking Garage? Wouldn't that at least improve your manners in the parking garage? It might even make you grateful for cat columns.

Sushi Cooks Are Rolling Their Own
by Matt Lee and Ted Lee, New York Times
From New York to Iowa to Los Angeles, amateur sushi-ists are taking over the kitchen.

Lawyers, Tiggers & Bears, Oh My!
by Amy Wallace, LA Magazine
An 80-year-old grandmother's lawsuit has threatened to yank Winnie-the-Pooh out of Disney's Magic Kingdom. It's a Doozy of a case, full of Bluster and Hullabaloo—the kind that comes of liking money so much.

The Road To Hell
by Milton Glaser, Metropolis Magazine
Bending the truth can be a slippery slope for graphic designers.

Shredded Ideals At Business Ethics
by Peter Carlson, Washington Post
A black pall of deep despair has settled over the good people who put out Business Ethics, one of the world's thinnest magazines.

The Red And The White
by Calvin Trillin, New Yorker
Is it possible that wine connoisseurs can't tell them apart?


For The Number 7 And The Larger Number 2
by Timothy Patton, Melic Review

Tuesday, August 13, 2002

Tech & Science

Smart Tools For The Elderly
by John Harney, Technology Review
Automated navigation and monitoring technology keeps seniors living better—and longer.


Tough But SO Exhilarating
by Julie Welch, The Times
Although many people undoubtedly take a walk when they need inspiration or — luck them — simply to soak up the scenery, thousands see walking as a means of escaping from the claustrophobic atmosphere of the city, or as a way to better physical and mental health.

The Secret Garden
by Loren Stein, Metroactive
How Palo Alto creagted a park all its own—and you can't go there—nyah! nyah! nyah!

Red, White And Blue And Gray
by Ken Ringle, Washington Post
An ex-army man makes a name for himself with civil war novels.

A Shameful Gap On The Mall
by Richard Cohen, Washington Post
The shame of the nation's capital is that it lacs a museum dedicated to the African American experience.

Busman's Holiday
by Linton Weeks, Washington Post
Newsman and novelist Jim Lehrer likes to be in the driver's seat.

Hard Covers, Hard Work: Building Careers By The Book
by New York Times
Despite its dusty connotations, bookbinding is a relatively young program at an unusual trade school in Boston that specializes in promoting Old World crafts.

We Don't Need Your Language Lesson, Ambassador
by Philip Hensher, The Independent
Go into a London pub and you'll be surprised by the linguistic competence, from Urdu to Xhosa.


by Stanley Plumly, The Atlantic


Godzilla Attacks Harmless Blogger
by Thomas C Greene, The Register
The Davezilla blog site is under threat from humorless owners of the Godzilla trademark, Toho Ltd.

Monday, August 12, 2002


A Tale Of Two Chinas
by Bei Ling, New York Times
Taiwan should lead by example and encourage mainland China to become a nation where freedom of the press and democratic, fair elections are the norm.

Tech & Science

Do We Need Geeks In Government?
by Declan McCullagh, ZDNet
There's a lot for a politically aware geek to be alarmed about nowadays.

Toilet Paper Algorithms
by Donald A. Norman
I didn't know you had to be a computer scientist to use toilet paper.


Pullman Lays Down Moral Challenge For Writers
by Angelique Chrisafis, The Guardian
Literature risks becoming petty and worthless, warns Whitbread book prize winner.

Collaborating With Nature
by Paul Goldberger, Metropolis Magazine
When architecture and the natural world combine, both are transformed.

Sugar Babies
by Nora Ephron, New Yorker
The sight of all those doughnuts marching solemnly to their fate makes me proud to be an American.

Deforsted Dinners
by Lillian Ross, New Yorker
None of this nonsense of everybody at the table eating the same thing.

And I'm Watching It All From My Window
by Chinaka Hodge, Newsweek
I've always been taught that there's life beyond West Oakland. But I shouldn't be unique.

A Kinder, Gentler Koran
by David Van Biema, Time
A university wanted to teach a post-9/11 lesson in understanding. Critics say it's a whitewash.

Past Prime Time
by Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
Once-dominant TV guide, now in its 50th year, scrambles in a shifting market.


Ziff Davis Wards Off Bankruuptcy
by Reuters
Privately held magazine company Ziff Davis Media said MOnday that most of its bondholders had approved its financial restructuring, enabling the embattled publisher to avoid filing for bankruptcy.

Sunday, August 11, 2002


A White House In Search Of A Policy
by Martin Indyk, New York Times
Does the Bush administration know what it's doing in the Middle East?

Tech & Science

Crunch Time
by Preston Lerner, Los Angeles Times
No one has ever seen a gravitational wave, but Caltech's Kip Thorne and other scientists are convinced they exist. Now they're weeks away from a huge experiment that could prove them right—or wrong.

The Mathematics Of... Auctions
by Michael Abrams, Discover
By the time an auctioneer shouts "Sold!" most bidders have already gone too far.


The Human Bond
by Matthew Gilbert, Boston Globe
There is nothing to match paper's tactile variations. It offers a special sensual pleasure that is nonexistent online.

The Genius Of Idiotism
by Daniel Finkelstein, The Times
Totally unmoved by label politics.

The Odds Of That
by Lisa Belkin, New York Times
In paranoid times like these, people see connections where there aren't any. Why the complex science of coincidence is a conspiracy theorist's worst nightmare.

Rustic Romance
by A.O. Scott, New York Times
Vacations are more and more about seeking the simple authenticity we ruin by showing up.

A Fat Nation
by Amanda Spake, U.S. News
America's 'supersize' diet is fattier and sweeter—and deadlier.

The Ancient Art Of Haranguing Has Moved To The Internet
by Emily Eakin, New York Times
If Orwell had lived to surf the Internet, he might have been cheered to discover a flourishing new breed of paphleteer: the blogger.

Saturday, August 10, 2002


The Death Of Sushi?
by Velisarios Kattoulas, Far Eastern Economic Review
Japan's passion for sushi is fuelling a huge trade in illegally caught seafood that's endangering fish stocks and enriching organized crime.

Coasting British Columbia
by Margo Pfeiff, Los Angeles Times
On a road trip along Canada's "Sunshine Coast," two sisters enjoy breathtaking beauty, quirky villages, native totems and sibling companionship—but little luck catching fish.

A Slightly Immodest Proposal
by Alastair Gordon, New York Times
Standing naked in the open air as the sun glistens through a veil of water: to anyone who still relishes the simplicity of country life, that is the essence of summer.

Center This Headline?
by Mario Garcia, Poynter
How one aligns headlines does have an overall effect on the look of the page.


The Treatment
by Roxana Robinson, The Atlantic

Friday, August 9, 2002


Raw Talent
by Clea Simon, Boston Globe
Finding therapy in uncooked food.

Nice Shirt, But Leave It In Your Luggage
by Stephen Collins, The Times
The urge to go shopping while abroad is infectious. But be warned: sunbaked chic rarely makes the journey home without losing its appeal.

Mourning In America
by Michael Anft, City Paper
"Paying respect," on many levels, is the issue.

Over 60 And Overlooked
by The Economist
Everyone knows the world is ageing. So why is business doing so little about it?

Roaring Into Town And Saying, 'Excuse Me'
by Neal Karlen, New York Times
Almost half a million bikers will take over Sturgis, S.D., for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, looking for psychic relief or status by acting out fading romantic images.

Rain Or Shine, Residing Outdoors
by Holland Cotter, New York Times
Public sculpture in New York is a summertime thing.

Thursday, August 8, 2002

Tech & Science

Book Biz Takes On
by Charles Mandel, Wired News's Canadian operation is under fire from Canada's book industry, which has applied for a judicial review in federal court.


Novel Marks A New Chapter In Actor's Life
by David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
What's the difference between Jonathan Franzen and Ethan Hawke? For one thing, Franzen probably didn't have a winsome blonde rush the stage, rock- fan-style, the last time he gave a reading in San Francisco.

Perfection, With A Twist Of Lime
by Emily Green, Los Angeles Times
It's almost embarrassing. But to my mind, the greatest of all cocktails is the gin and tonic.


by Chris Semansky, Mudlark

Wednesday, August 7, 2002

Tech & Science

U.S. Rule On Stem Cell Studies Lets Researchers Use New Lines
by Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times
The administrator told federaly financed researchers they could go beyond the president's strictures — as long as they did so with private money.


The Golden Age Of Eastwood
by Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Clint Eastwood looks more like Clint Eastwood than ever. The furnace of time has burned away everything that is not essential.

An Attractive Propsect
by Mary Ann Sieghart, The Times
Apart from traffic jams, how little experience we have these days of frustration, impotence and delayed gratification.

The Teenage Way To Enjoy Ab Fab Sex
by Amelia Hill, The Observer
The real Edina's daughter has written a sex manual. Just what would Saffy make of it?

A Day In The Life, At 90
by Russ Parsons, Los Angeles Times
Keeping up with Julia Child, who has a new home, a new book deal and a balky oven.

The Empire Stirkes Back
by Eric Boehlert, Salon
As the music industry's "pay-for-play" scandal deepens, the big five record labels try to crush the expanding power of the dreaded indie promoters.

Nachman's Knack
by Tunku Varadarajan, Wall Street Journal
The latest on talk TV: Comment, analysis, a feel for words.

Fluff Jews
by Cynthia Cotts, The Village Voice
Jennifer Bleyer, the 26-year-old editor of Heeb, a magazine aimed at young Jewish hipsters, once boasted that it's easy to come up with story iteas for her editorial mix—because she can find a Jewish connection to almost anything.


Wasps In August
by Andrew Hudgins, Slate

Tuesday, August 6, 2002

Tech & Science

Asia's Killer Diet Pills
by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, Time
The region's weight-obsessed are taking untested, largely unregulated slimming drugs from China. What they don't know might kill them.

Would-Be Math Teacher Ended Up Educating A Computer Revolution
by Steve Lohr, New York Times
Frances E. Allen had intended to be a math teacher, but she was introduced to computing and got sidetracked, 45 years ago.

'Clean' Human Stem Cells Grown
by Rachel Nowak, New Scientist
Embryonic stem cells that are free from the risk of animal pathogens have been grown by scientists in Singapore.

The Virtues Of Promiscuity
by Sally Lehrman, AlterNet
"Slutty" behavior is good for the species. That is the conclusion of a new wave of research on the evolutionary drives behind sexuality and parenting.


What Would Madonna Do?
by Simon Dumenco, Folio
With too many maagzines taking a butcher shop approach to writing—editing and re-editing manuscripts way too many times—maybe it'd be helpful to take a Material Girl approach to staffing.

A Dying Voice
by Howard Kurtz, Washington Post
Newspaper columnists are finding it harder and harde rto reach — and stir — the city.

Stop The Presses... For A Day
by Bill Janz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
I want a day in which journalism is banned. I want a day of peace.

Monday, August 5, 2002


They Had A Plan
by Michael Elliott, Time
Long before 9/11, the White House debated taking the fight to al-Qaeda. By the time they decided, it was too late. The saga of a lost chance.

Negatives Add Up In Mideast Coverage
by Howard Kurtz, Washington Post
Has network news, as many partisans charge, been taking sides in the Middle East?

Tech & Science

West Nile: On The Move
by Alice Park, Time
The disease is migrating quickly and in a surprising direction.


It All Sound Greek To Me
by Marion McGilvary, The Times
If only there were evening classes in menu-speak, we could order what we want.

What's A 'Bubble' Anyway?
by Robert L. Bartley, Wall Street Journal
Don't use terminology in lieu of analysis.

Of Life And Depth
by Linton Week, Washington Post
For mystery writer Walter Mosley, Easy Rawlins is just the beginning of the intrigue.

New Public Art Uses The Internet For A Personal Touch
by Matthew Mirapaul, New York Times
Two new works of Internet art are really out there. No, out there, in public, where anyone can see them.


It's A Mad, Mad, Mad Magazine
by Randy Dotinga, Wired News
Before Bart Simpson and before David Letterman, there was Alfred E. Neuman, the creation of a respected 62-year-old portrait artist who responded to an ad in The New York Times only to find that the magazine that wanted him was Mad.

Sunday, August 4, 2002

Tech & Science

From Helpmate To New Woman
by Drew Gilpin Faust, New York Times
Malvina Shanklin Harlan, a 19th-century Supreme Court justice's wife, was a witness to history.


Comics Draw Fine Line Between Humor, Issues
by Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle
What do early '70s conceptual art and '90s artists' comics have in common? Both demand great stretches of reading time.

The Decline And Fall Of Seattle
by Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
The Emerald City is in distress, with dot-coms and Boeing leading the way. At least you can still get great coffee—to sip while sitting in traffic jams or reading the help wanted ads.

Rise, Shine And Root
by Charles McGrath, New York Times
Sports on morning TV? It's not just fun — it's eye-opening in many ways.

A Breather For Parents And Kids
by Suzanne Berne, New York Times
The Tyler Place Family Rsort in Vermont lets the generations go their separate ways for a while.

Saturday, August 3, 2002

Tech & Science

Asimo: Honda's New Compact Comes In Peace
by Bret Schulte, Washington Post
The future is not now. Not quite. But it is walking this way.


Oh, Temptation
by The Economist
If only fast food were truly addictive.

Don't Believe The Monthly Hype
by Jack Shafer, Slate
It's time for the Washington Monthly to update its in-house ad.

The Instinct To Preserve
by Ellen Goodman, Washington Post
Is that how we will be seen by our children? As people with an outrageous appetitie for excess?

A Folk Festival's Idol Returns
by George Wein, New York Times
Bob Dylan returns to the Newport Folk Festival today after 37 years. The question is what will he do?

In The Dells, Where Youth And Nostalgia Ski Side By Side
by Sara Rimer, New York Times
For 50 years, impossibly good-looking, nimble young athletes have performed a tight choreographed water-skiing show on the choppy waters of Lake Delton, in northern Wisconsin.

If Only We Couldn't Understand Them
by Joan Houlihan, Del Sol
How contemporary American poets are denaturing the poem.


by Kim Addonizio, San Francisco Reader

Friday, August 2, 2002


Dubya's Double Dip?
by Paul Krugman, New York Times
On the surface, the sharp drop in the economy's growth is disheartening. Under the surface, it's quite a lot worse.


The One That Didn't Quite Get Away
by Felix Soh, Straits Times
In the end, the man who won fame and fortune for being the one who got away did not get away after all.

Circular Logic
by Vanessa E. Jones, Boston Globe
Crop formations may be shrouded in mystery, but the media are betting they'll make sense at the cash register.

Boutique Surfing
by Valli Herman-Cohen, Los Angeles Times
Malibu's smart shops reflect the luxury and leisure of the beachfront life.

It's Not A Loan, It's A Venture
by Art Buckwald, Washington Post
"We don't make loans. We arrange for people to use the money we give them so nobody can make heads or tails of it."

Copyright As Cudgel
by Siva Vaidhyanathan, The Chronicle Of Higher Education
Today, due process is a lot harder to pursue, and the burden of proof increasingly is on those accused of copyright infringement.

The Death And Life Of America's Cities
by Fred Siegel, The Public Interest
Giuliani's ascent to the status of a national hero, "America's mayor," has eclipsed not only his own accomplishments but the mixed if hopeful condition of big-city America.


by Alice Munro, New Yorker


How Much Starbucks Is Too Much?
by Business 2.0
Perhaps it means something that in San Francisco, there are now more Starbucks outlets than publicly traded Internet companies.

Thursday, August 1, 2002

Tech & Science

Bootleg Culture
by Pete Rojas, Salon
Powerful computers and easy-to-use editing software are challenging our conceptions of authorship and creativity. As usual, the entertainment industry doesn't like this one bit.

Tablet PC Makers Embrace A Dying Art: Handwriting
by Michel Marriott, New York Times
At a time when handwriting is in such decline, the computer industry is making a new push to embrace it.


Is F*** OK?
by Giles Whittell, The Times
It is no longer what you say, but the way you express it that matters.

A Mystery Begins In The Backyard...
by Charles Perry, Los Angeles Times
Barbecue sauce, ketchup, steak sauce—where do they come from?

Citi Of Fear
by Tim Carvell, Slate
What are Citigroup's weird ads really saing?

Where Summer Just Isn't What It Used To Be
by Dan Barry, New York Times
In the mountains of New York's Greene County, the less-familiar Catskills, the once-booming ethnic resorts only offer an echo of their past.

PBS Defies Reason
by Tim Goodman, San Francisco Chronicle
It should have been easy to figure out. Follow the money.

Jim Wood — A Giant In Bay Area Journalism
by Patricia Yollin, San Francisco Chronicle
"Having covered so much of San Francisco history, Jim became one of the better parts of that history."

French Intellectuals Don't Age Well
by Robert Fulford, National Post
Today, in universities across the West, Michel Foucault exemplifies the bad French idea at its most brilliant and its mos tpoisonous.

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