Tuesday, December 31, 2002
McDonald's Opponents Jump On Anti-American Bandwagon
Far from McDonaldís being some evil giant, I think its opponents are much more dangerous.
It's Time To Do The Math
The federal government is in a fiscal mess that will only get worse if political plans now on the table come to fruition. The federal mess is compounded by disasters at the state and local level.
Tech & Science
E And Mc2: Equality, It Seems, Is Relative
Guided by ambiguous signals from the heavens, and by the beauty of their equations, a few brave ó or perhaps foolhardy ó physicists now say that relativity may have limits and will someday have to be revised.
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
Our Gregorian choice of the year 2003 appears to be nothing more than entrenched cultural prejudice in a truly multicultural world.
Can literature change the world? Or should it be above the concerns of society?
Robert Frost made his visit in November of 1960, just a week after the general election. It tells you something about our school that the prospect of his arrival cooked up more interest than the contest between Nixon and Kennedy, which for most of us was no contest at all.
Monday, December 30, 2002
A Few Final Words As Editor
Thoughts on running the only editorial page that sells newspapers.
Next Move For Transportation
We need an integrated network for trains, planes and automobiles.
Middle Earth Enchants A Returning Pilgrim
While re-reading Tolkien's trilogy, I found myself astonished by how integrally involved the plot is with the landscape.
The Great Novelists Not Fit For Duty In This War Of Words
According to the Pentagon, war — at least the impending war in Iraq ó- is Shakespeare, the 5th-century BC Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu and two modern bestsellers about heroism and wartime correspondence.
Getting To The Bottom Of 2002
Iraq flare dup and the economy teetered, but Dave Barry just wants to focus on his salad.
Sunday, December 29, 2002
A History Course For 2003
The relationship between the then and the now is more mysterious than either historians or journalists like to admit.
Daniel Pearl's murder does carry an important message.
States Of Alarm
There is something eerie, even a little unnerving, about the budget crises that continue to spread, like a contagious, crippling disease, to states and cities across the U.S.
Tech & Science
He predicted the internet, but will his notions about the post-human era be as exact?
Who Owns The Internet? You And I Do
Mr. Turow, a professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, studies how people use online technology and how that affects their lives. He has begun a small crusade to de-capitalize Internet ó and, by extension, to acknowledge a deep shift in the way that we think about the online world.
Playing With Billions
Who wants to be a millionaire? No one. That's so last millennium. Today, it's all about billions, whether we like it or not, in every aspect of our lives. But do we understand everything that a billion means? A portrait of the new big number.
Enron's Sherron Watkins doesn't deserve to be "man of the year."
Heart And Soles
American women and their love affair with unsensible shoes.
Claude Brown was fated, it seems, to narrate the story of his troubled generation of black men.
Nice? Nahhhh! Naughty!
When my editor approached me about doing a story that involved committing the Seven Deadly Sins — you know, get all your sinnin' out before the new year — my initial reaction was: Will this involve killing someone?
Rub A Dub Dub, Books For The Tub
Waterproof books, used mainly by skin divers and foul-weather hikers, are finding a new audience among people who simply enjoy a nice warm bath.
Saturday, December 28, 2002
President Bartlet, Please Take Me Back
There is a small, humorless segment of conservative society that is now convinced more than ever that NBC's "The West Wing" is a plot, a weekly Hollywood conspiracy to overturn the electoral outcome of 2000. I should know.
Golden State In A Golden Age
The artists, artisans and architects who built California.
How TV Is Changing Casinos
If you haven't strolled through a casino in last six years, you probably aren't aware of the revolution that began when the first Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy machines were placed alongside such time-tested one-armed bandits as Red, White and Blue and Double Diamond.
UCSB Professor Offers A New View Of WWII
American surrender demands created reason to drop bombs on Japan.
Gobble Up: Gluttony Is The Gift Of Civilisation
Moralists, dietitians, fashion advertisers and lifestyle journalists try to nag us into frugality. I doubt whether even so formidable a combination of forces can reverse evolution and history.
Friday, December 27, 2002
A Fight For Freedom Of Speech
Dissent doesn't mean a lack of patriotism.
Tech & Science
Our Not-So-Distant Cousin
Comparing the genome of humans to that of mice gives us a glimpse into the history of both of our genomes over the 75 million years since we last shared a common ancestor, a species that was a small mammal.
Deep South, Deep Fried
The plantations along the Cane River Trail bring a steady stream of tourists to Natchitoches, La., but the best reason to visit is the meat pies.
White Christmas In The Dollhouse
We reached a quiet milestone in my house this Christmas. We bought my youngest daughter her first white doll. In truth, my husband bought it. I'm not sure I would have been able to actually lay down the cash, but my husband did so if not with my blessing, at least without my vehement opposition.
Hide And Seek On Saturday Is Out, But Pencil In Sunday For Tag
In our passion to perfect and protect our children, are we damaging something inside them?
Where The Trail Goes Cold
Travel literature has had three great periods, the last being the 1980s. Now it is finished.
Thursday, December 26, 2002
Tech & Science
Erasing The Blind Spot: A Driver's Aid Averts Traffic Jam
Some traffic theorists and engineers are offering a high-technology solution for traffic woes.
World Without War?
As a child growing up in the shadow of the atomic bomb, I used to pray every night, "Let there be no war," but no one seemed to be listening.
Authors Whose Audience Knows 'Em Like A Book
When it comes to publishing these days, it's all about the platform.
Where Authors Do More Than Autograph
The Housing Works Used Book Cafe opened in 1996, but in the last year or so it has become one of the hottest literary hubs in New York.
Wednesday, December 25, 2002
Tech & Science
Small Amount Of Fish In Diet Is Said To Yeild Big Benefits
Men who eat seafood as seldom as once a month may cut their risk of the most common kind of stroke by more than 40 percent, a new study by the Harvard School of Public Health has found.
The Year Of The Restaurant
Value is the key word as owners and chefs regroup, revamp.
He knows if you've been bad or good. That's why he makes the big bucks.
Tin Pan Alley's Gift
Sixty years ago, American soldiers facing their first holiday season overseas adopted an unlikely pop song as their wartime anthem.
Let's Get Real
The party pros have filled bookshelves with glossy impossibility. Don't buy into it. Here's how to have your party and enjoy it too.
Wine Prices Drop Sharply, A Good Reason For Cheer
While it has not been the best time to travel, invest in the stock market or indulge in truffles, there has never been a better time to buy and drink wine.
A Holiday Made For Believing
I think I finally understand the attraction of Christmas. Actually, my wife deserves the credit.
Eat, Drink, Be Merry
Guess who's plastering posters around the UK this Christmas with the words 'I wish the baby Jesus had never been born' on them? A Satanic group dreading another celebration of the Christ child's birth? Radical atheists who want to open our eyes to the futility of religion?
Tuesday, December 24, 2002
The Good Guys
The bravery of the whistle-blowers was real enough, but Time seems to be celebrating what should have been, not what was.
Tech & Science
The Origin Of Religions, From A Distinctly Darwinian View
Whereas evolutionary biologists traditionally view an adaptation as the outcome of a struggle between unevenly matched individuals, Dr. Wilson sees religion as the product of group selection at work.
Nigella Does Bite
The hot new chef is sexy, charming, and lazy.
Two Holiday Heavyweights Keep Fans In Their Corners
Once again, it's time to choose up sides. Pick your poison: Is it eggnog, that sweet, sticky beverage that has left many a regional sales rep floating face-up in the office punchbowl for the cleaning lady to find? Or fruitcake, a literally ancient dessert first eaten in the Roman Empire (which means that, technically, fruitcake predates the Christmas holiday itself)?
Debate Erupts Over Authors Of The Dead Sea Scrolls
Qumran itself went largely unexplored for the longest time. Even the results of the few initial excavations in the 1950's have remained mostly unpublished and unavailable for independent study.
Way Too Much Fantasy With That Dream House
During the past decade, there have been an unprecedented number of assaults on the whole concept of sexual boundaries (with Lingerie Barbie only of the more egregious examples), typically without so much as a peep from the adult world. Maybe we've just been too busy or too overwhelmed to notice, or perhaps we've become so adjusted to the ever-quickening pace of cultural change that the change itself is simply harder and harder to perceive.
In Search Of Mr. Right
Odds are that the pulled-together young woman you encounter riding up in the elevator, emerging from the gym, or riding the subway wearing sleek professional attire but no wedding ring is struggling to meet someone to spend her life with.
Monday, December 23, 2002
Betraying Hong Kong's Trust
The Hong Kong government's biggest problem is on eof credibility.
The Trouble With Saving The World
When President Bush says he wants to spread peace and democracy around the globe, he deserves to be taken seriously. One cautionary note: we've been here before.
Time 2002 Persons Of The Year: Cynthia Cooper, Coleen Rowley And Sherron Watkins
They took huge professional and personal risks to blow the whistle on what went wrong at WorldCom, Enron and the FBIóand in so doing helped remind us what American courage and American values are all about.
Resigned To Quit
In the aftermath of this flood of lachrymose leave-taking, this tsunami of tsoris, observers of cultural phenomena are obliged to judge the art of quitting. How do the major quitters in this wave of resignation rate on the Way to Go?
Tech & Science
Farmers Grow A Field Of Dilemma
The biotechnology industry is in turmoil because errors by a small biotech company have called into question the whole idea of growing drugs in food crops.
A Stone Box, Christ And History
Science can't ignore Jesus.
The Power Option
An obscure contract clause is becoming a major force in Hollywood.
Miami: A Literary Loop
You've read the books, now see the city.
Propping Up McDonald's Fallen Arches
Yes, McDonald's serves Buffalo wings now. Maybe that's the problem — a crisis of identity and purpose. Or maybe it's the sodium and the fat — finally America has had enough? Or it's a sudden and massive loss of business acumen, like the recent decision to tie in Happy Meals with that Disney turkey "Treasure Planet." Or maybe it's the refusal to get hip and roll out a veggie burger nationwide, as Burger King has done.
When The Going Gets Tough, Learn From A Book
Many a book is marketed as a recipe for success or a formula for inspirational change. But, it appears, some recipes for success and wellsprings of life-altering change are found in unlikely literary sources.
A Paryer Before Dying
The astonishing story of a doctor who subjected faith to the rigors of science — and then became a test subject herself.
Sunday, December 22, 2002
The Fall (And Potential Rise) Of Liberalism
Democrats are now faced with two options: They can seek to redraw the political landscape and invent a new rhetorical dichotomy.
The Media Bias Myth
Liberal? Conservative? It's not about ideology. The real battle is over the proper role of journalism.
The Consequences Of Ambition
Washington is nothing if not an arena of ambition. This has always been so, but never more than now.
Paging Dr. Perfect
How could the president not finish him off, when the hapless Mississippi senator not only supported Strom Thurmond over Thomas Dewey in '48, but Jack Kemp over George Bush pËre in '88?
Tech & Science
More Encounters Between Bears And Humans At Yosemite
The black bears here are acting up again, popping out car windows and ransacking campsites, and park officials are struggling to understand why.
Translating Sony Into English
Mark Hanson and his marketing group sit on Sony's border between Japan and the United States. The big question: What to do when that border becomes a gap.
Full Moon Effect On Behavior Minimal, Studies Say
"The case for full moon effects has not been made."
Face Time: Danny Murtagh
Seventeen thousand white lights outline the Embarcadero Center, and Danny Murtagh has to make sure they all burn bright.
Buying Gifts, We Traverse Afar
Anticipatory holiday shopping fever abroad actually has several advantages.
I have always thought of chestnuts as being indigenous to France, because that's where I discovered them, in my impressionable 20's. Here, we generally associated them with Christmas and roasting, thanks in no small part to Mel Torme's song about Jack Frost nipping at your nose. But in French hands they become a marvel of subtlety.
Free Speech — Virtually
Since many bloggers have no background in publishing, they often come to the medium unaware of the rules that apply, and complaints are becoming more common.
Friday, December 20, 2002
Thong Or Bikini, Sir?
How to go lingerie shopping for your woman without feeling as though you're 16 and sneaking a peek at Playboy with your Sunday-school teacher standing next to you.
Rediscovering And Celebrating The Vertical Life
In our hype-drenched era, a critic will have to risk raising cynical eyebrows with superlatives adequate to the occasion. Let them rise. Let them arch into furious knots. The architects have risen to the occasion. So should we.
Thursday, December 19, 2002
Foie Gras In The Freezer? Just Don't Tell Anyone!
The French, like household chefs nearly everywhere, have steadily cut in half the time they spend in the kitchen. In recent years, with varying degrees of passion and stealth, they hae embraced frozen foods, too.
Too-Tall Christmas Tree Makes OVer The Top Sight Gag
Forget about keeping up with the Joneses, the Chisholm family has set the bar one notch higher after mom finally approved dad's wacky holiday wish — a Christmas tree poking from the roof rafters.
Can't Judge A Book By Its Owner
Now I know why he has been nice to me. He is consumed by guilt, as he should be. Let me explain.
Wednesday, December 18, 2002
Punching Our Ticket
In just three pictures, a Louis Vuitton ad captures the luxurious eroticism of train travel.
Pop Gets Crackle, Snap Back
In the high-tech world of pure digital sound, some recording artists evoke the scratchy past by adding in noises from the vinyl era.
After 30 Years, Cozy Bookstore Gets To The End
The Madison Avenue Bookshop, the cramped little bookstore that for nearly 30 years has been a literary destination for the carriage trade and for the writers of the Upper East Side, will close on Jan. 10.
Hudson Shipwrecks Found, But No Loose Lips
Centuries of maritime history would be up for grabs by salvagers and collectors before the state — which claims ownership over everything on the river's bottom — could even know what was at risk.
How To Get What You Really Want
The plan is simple yet effective.
Doing The Continental
I am grandly excited by the idea of a confederal Europe, gradually and tentatively defining itself, and at last giving even an offshore visitor a genuine sense of membership.
Tuesday, December 17, 2002
Tech & Science
New Premise In Science: Get The Word Out Quickly, Online
A group of prominent scientists is mounting an electronic challenge to the leading scientific journals, accusing them of holding back the progress of science by restricting online access to their articles so they can reap higher profits.
Testing The First AIDS Vaccine
Medical establishment, government, and Genentech be damned - Don Francis has never stopped believing. Now he's about to finish testing the first human AIDS vaccine.
Love and success at America's finest universities.
The Gift Of Virus
In the spirit of the holiday season, a tale of one man who clicked too soon but discovered that missent e-mail can still lead to a wonderful life.
What I've Learned
I had a car accident when I was twenty-seven in which I was nearly killed. I had a vivid near-death experience that involved a voice asking, "Do you want to continue leading Garry Shandling's life?" Without thinking, I said, "Yes." Since then, I've been stuck living in the physical world while knowing, without a doubt, that there's something much more meaningful within it all. That realization is what drives my life and work.
What Dr. Seuss really taught us.
The Trials Of Finch
Finch had three friends: Claire, Karen, and Jemima. These were tall, lucky, professional Englishwomen in their early forties who had been ever so kind to Finch, and who felt, with some reason, that they had saved her.
Monday, December 16, 2002
The "Axis Of Evil" In Action
Was Bush right when he made Iraq, Iran and North Korea a loathsome trio?
How To Ruin American Enterprise
We're well on our way to squelching what gives this country an edge. What would it take to kill innovation altogether?
Tech & Science
Scientists Exposed As Sloppy Reporters
A cunning statistical study has exposed scientists as sloppy reporters. When they write up their work and cite other people's papers, most do not bother to read the original.
I'm Dreaming Of A Green Christmas
What's wrong with commercialization? Nothing.
Some People Can Get Very Possessive About Apostrophe's
That's it. I'm at the end of my rope. Or, more appropriately, my rope's end — because that's the thing that's got me so worked up: the growing misuse of that puny piece of punctuation called the apostrophe.
A Hundred-Candle Story And How To Blow It
When Trent Lott priased the 1948 segregationist candidacy of Strom Thrumond, most of the mainstream press was, rather embarrassingly, caught napping.
A Surprise Second Helping For Drooling Barbecue Fans
If barbecue is a religion, and many populist gourmands will tell you it is, then the barbecue shack is its temple.
Carried From The Couch On The Wings Of Enchantment
What I try to do in writing is to pay homage to philosophy and fiction, the forms of enchantment that took hold of me at such an early age.
Saturday, December 14, 2002
The Big Fat Case Against Big Macs
If people have their share of personal responsibility for what they eat, is it really frivolous to expect some responsibility on the part of corporations for what and how they market?
NPR Serves Up Breakfast Serial
The most unusual aspect of the NPR production may be when it will air.
Friday, December 13, 2002
Tech & Science
Why You Can't Get That Tune Out Of Your Head
The many thousands of tunes most of us know, from arias to singles and jingles, are locked in a shifting pattern of neural circuits in a region just behind our foreheads, scientists say.
A Quest For The Best Cookies
When I married, my husband came with a sleep sofa, a tacky dining room set, some great record albums, and — by far the most valuable — a family molasses cookie recipe.
Gaudy Or Nice?
What is this silly pressure to dress like a Christmas tree, mrs. Kringle or Bing Crosby?
Thursday, December 12, 2002
America's Weapons Of Mass Destruction
If weapons inspectors were to look at the United States, what would they find?
Tech & Science
Butterflies' Flights Disclose Free Spirits
Nothing is quite so delicate as the dance of butterflies on the breeze, and, as new research suggests, nothing is quite so humbling to flight engineers.
United's ESOP Fable
Did employee stock ownership drive the airline into bankruptcy?
The Wall Street Journal Takes A Jab At Free Online Rivals
A cheeky new campaign from The Wall Street Journal Online, one of the few news Web sites to charge users for access, mocks its free counterparts as uninformed, simplistic and unreliable.
Why Does Everyone Think Good Writing Is So Easy?
The skill and ability involved in writing sentences is generally underrated, and asusmed to be a much more universal capacity than it really is.
Bermuda Triangle: Behind The Intrigue
"The region is highly traveled and has been a busy crossroads since the early days of European exploration. To say quite a few ships and airplanes have gone down there is like saying there are an awful lot of car accidents on the New Jersey Turnpike—surprise, surprise."
Treetop Blogging Protests Logging
Unlike most people her age, 27-year-old "Remedy" hasn't checked her e-mail in over eight months. That's because she's been living in a 200-foot-tall redwood since March 21, when she climbed the tree to protest timber harvesting by Pacific Lumber Company.
Wednesday, December 11, 2002
Trying To Buy Our Way Out Of Trouble
As we embrace brisk sales as an answer to economic ills, the ties between mass consumption and inequality should be noted.
'Kill Kurds, Not Mumia'
Having fun at Seattle peaceniks' expense.
Fluent In French, With A West Coast Accent
After decades on the culinary frontier, defining a new American cuisine on a foundation of local foods and seasonal cooking, San Francisco has shifted into reverse, with more than a dozen new bistros settling in neighborhoods from Potrero Hill to the Financial District to the East Bay.
Tuesday, December 10, 2002
Military courts are stacked to convict—but not the brass. The Pentagon insists everything's just fine.
The Quiet Power Of Condi Rice
Born in 'Bombingham,' the enigmatic adviser has become the 'Warrior Princess'—Bush's secret White House weapon.
Tech & Science
At Genetic Frontier, The House Mouse Serves Humanity
Now that the mouse's genome has been decoded, revealing just as many genes as its host, the 25 million mice that work in laboratories throughtout the world may be demanding a lot more respect.
Limping Off The Shelves
Publishers and booksellers are scratching their heads and wondering why readers aren't reaching — with the same eagerness they once did — for the latest offerings by popular writers.
With Video Games, Researchers Link Guns To Stereotypes
Unconscious biases, possibly instilled by the news media, advertising or other cultural influences, can shape behavior, even when people do not consciously endorse such biases.
The Bare Manuscript
Carol Mundt lay on the desk, propped up on her elbows, reading a cooking article in You. She was six feet tall and a hundred and sixty pounds of muscle, bone, and sinew, with only a slightly bulging belly. In Saskatchewan she had not stood out for her size, but here in New York it was a different story.
Monday, December 9, 2002
Indian casinos have fallen far short of benefiting the wider Native American population.
I'm A Better Mother Since I Left My Child
My decision cost me my friends, but staying would have cost me the chance to grow up.
Wanted: A New Personality For MSNBC
MSNBC, the cable news network, has repeatedly failed to reinvigorate itself. The job now falls to Neal Shapiro, the NBC News president.
Sunday, December 8, 2002
The Liberal Quandary Over Iraq
Why there is no organized liberal opposition to the war? The answer involves an interesting history, and it sheds light on the difficulties now confronting American liberals.
Tech & Science
Survival Of The Slickest
How anti-evolutionists are mutating their message.
Defending Foie, Or How Not To Ruin A Duck Liver In Record Time
For many of us, there is nothing more frightening than having a duck liver as big as a football sitting on the kitchen counter.
The Decline Of Reuters
The precipitous fall of this famous information provider has no simple explanation. The challenge, though, is to find the right way out of the crisis.
Our hunger for 'authentic' Los Angeles is nothing more than a sneeze at what we truly are.
Stop The Music!
Because in these hectic times, when everybody must remember an ATM code and 143 computer passwords, nobody has the brain capacity to remember what my true love gave to me.
Bring Back Recess
School districts do not deliberately enact blanket policies forbidding fun — it just quietly vanishes.
The Game Is Afoot On A London Stroll
A guided walking tour with Original London Walks follows the steps of the Beatles, Dickens, Wilde and others.
Saturday, December 7, 2002
Not Fit To Print?
The editorial board at the Times is certainly entitled to its opinion — as wrong as it may be. But so is Anderson.
A New Agenda For A New Economic Team
This reconsideration comes at a pivotal time — for the United States and for the world.
Is China's Economic Boom A Myth?
Look closely at the Chinese economy, and you'll find a far less rosy situation than that portrayed in most of the business press.
Tech & Science
How To Slice The Pi Very, Very Thin
Researchers have calculated the value of pi to 1.24 trillion places, six times the number of places recognized now, one researcher said today.
China's Newspaper Scene Starts To Loosen Up
For a taste of communism, read the People's Daily. But to know what citizens in communist China really think, flip open the Global Times.
What Does It Take To Make A Great Editor?
The trusth about editorship, of course, is that it is hard to agree on a single standard of excellence.
U.S. Writers Do Cultural Battle Around The Globe
The Bush administration has recruited prominent American writers to contribute to a State Department anthology and give readings around the globe in a campaign started after 9/11 to use culture to further American diplomatic interests.
Friday, December 6, 2002
Violence And Islam
Is Islam an inherently violent religion?
The Intellectual Origins Of America-Bashing
Above all it is the America that is responsible for the evils of the rest of the world.
Tech & Science
Mathematics Unrvels Optimum Way Of Shoe Lacing
The knotty problem of choosing the optimum way of lacing up shoes has been solved by a new mathematical proof.
A Day To Melt Cares Away
We are all children for the first snow of the year.
It Takes More Than Crayfish To Make A Cajun Wiggle
In Acadiana, as a rule, the more rudimentary the surroundings, the more genuine the grub.
In Book Publishing World, Some Reasons For Optimism
More book titles than ever ar ebeing published these days. So why do publishers complain?
Thursday, December 5, 2002
Can The Supreme Court Change Its Mind?
How does the United States Supreme Court correct its mistakes?
Tech & Science
When video games look as good as action films, commercials are more fun than cartoons, and everything screams "Buy!" it's easy to lose your bearings.
A Celebrity In The Kitchen
Top-tier chefs are moving in to catering, and you might be surprised to see who's doing your cooking.
The Unbiased Truth About Media Objectivity
The reporting of the news is supposed to be objective, a dispassionate recitation of the facts. But of course it never is and never has been. What's more, it never will or could be.
The 3-year-old dream of the Electric Maid is to be a community living room — with heat.
Poetry Of Praise For New York City
The Poetry Society of America on Tuesday presented "The Words of My City," and anthology of New Yorkers reading New York poems.
Wednesday, December 4, 2002
Islam's Outdated Domination Theology
Only when Muslims accept religious pluralism will peace have a chance.
Teacher Dilemma: Sued If You Do, Sued If You Don't
Perhaps all of us, parents and teachers, need to reclaim our rights to oversee the behavior of children, even those who can vote or join the Army.
A Perfectionist Does It His Way
Perfecting recipes and cooking techniques in the most obsessive ways possible is pretty much Mr. Steingarten's job description. He goes somewhere in the world, watches someone do something, then comes home and tries it 50 different ways himself.
Another Berkeley Daily Bites The Dust
Blame advertising or editing or bad design or the lack of home delivery for the demise of daily city journalism in Berkeley. But don't forget to throw in the readers.
Singapore Offers An Architectural Symbol For The Arts
Singapore has cast the Esplanade complex, which includes shops and restaurants, as part of a plan to regain its luster.
Rusty, twisted: scrounge one from a scrap-heap plank.
How long did you say you've been down on your luck?
Tuesday, December 3, 2002
Can Global Warming Be Studied Too Much?
Many climate experts say talking about more research will simply delay decisions that need to be made now to avert serious harm from global warming.
Tech & Science
The Inner Einstein
The more we see that image, the less we seem to know about the real Einstein and the work that made him famous.
Why Do Book Cost So Much?
Thirty bucks for a new hardcover! How book prices got so out of hand, who's responsible and what it will take to make reading more affordable in the future.
From Fat To Phat: An Author's Happy Ending
In a world that rewards the aility to make folks stare, transfixed,w hen their every inclination ahd been to turn away, LaValle is the lick.
Monday, December 2, 2002
Air Fright: Why Nov. 28 Will Prove Scarier In The Long Run For Airline Passengers Than Sept. 11
Whatever it means can't be good. For the moment the point is: Something important has just occurred.
Risk Aversion In The Corner Office
The economy won't grow again until CEOs start taking chances.
Making Philosophy Matter To Politics
It is thanks to John Rawls that philosophy has continued to animate politics.
No Man's Land
The idea of a city disappears.
Fish Oil And Toenails
Eating fish is good for hearts. Mercury may be bad. Which matters more?
Finding A Heart: The L.A. River
Rome, one of the West's oldest cities, and Los Angeles, one of its youngest major cities, share a lost opportunity. Neither has capitalized on the enormous potential of the rivers that run through them, but both now realize that reconnecting their rivers and cities can bring enormous benefits.
Bring Out The Latkes, Savor The Tradition
Hanukkah, or the Festival of Lights, has always been one of my favorite holidays and the one that I most associate with my late mother, Niuta. And with her latkes — the Yiddish word and the only one she used for the potato pancakes that are one of the fried-in-oil foods that are traditional to and an intricate part of the celebration that begins this evening.
Sunday, December 1, 2002
My Life's Not FDA-Approved
Why do I have to die for the sake of government rules?
AIDS Is Not A Death Sentence
Too many countries are still in denial about the scope of the problem and what has to be done about it.
AIDS A Century From Now
Without intervention, a billion could die amid many wrecked economies.
The Curse Of Tom Wolfe
What went wrong for the magazine story? And how, for the sake of readers, editors, and bookkeepers, might magazine swin back their storyteller's swagger?