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Thursday, July 31, 2003


Are We Safer Now?
by Eric Boehlert, Salon
The war on Saddam has made the U.S. less secure, say foreign-policy experts.

America Is A Religion
by Geroge Monbiot, Guardian
US leaders now see themselves as priests of a divine mission to rid the world of its demons.

Tech & Science

Nanotech: It's Not Easy Being Green
by Sarah Graham, Scientific American
Researchers and activists go to loggerheads over the science of small.


I'll Have Three Big Macs, Two Large Fries And A Lawyer
by David Shaw, Los Angeles Times
So, the misguided folks eager to cast the purveyors of fast food and snack food as the moral and legal equivalents of Big Tobacco seem to be gathering steam. Or is it just hot air?

Type Casting: Geek 'Star Wars' Is Full Of Characters
by Paul Farhi, Washington Post
Simon Jansen is the computer-age equivalent of the guy who builds a reproduction of the Taj Mahal out of toothpicks, or "The Last Supper" from wedges of cheese.

To: Mom And Dad Re: Homesickness
by Katie Hafner, New York Times
Digital technology has blazed a trail to summer camp, and with it have come misgivings.

The Politics Of Oxymoron
by Roger Sandall, New Criterion
For behind the claim that the modern world consists of "civilizations" (plural), and not just "civilization" (singular), a lot of linguistic mischief is afoot.

Wednesday, July 30, 2003


The Classified Truth
by Robert Scheer, Salon
Even the censored version of the 9/11 report makes it clear the U.S. focused on the wrong nation.


Breaking The Chinese Menu Code
by Russ Parsons, Los Angeles Times
To outsiders, authentic Chinese restaurants are like some maddening puzzle, equal parts tantalizing and frustrating. You know you want more than beef with broccoli, but how do you order that wonderful-looking stuff that guy is eating at the next table? And what the heck is it? Now along comes Carl Chu to the rescue.

Trading Places
by Carol Kino, Slate
Cultural property disputes are reshaping the art world — but how?

The Problem With FX
by Devin Gordon, Newsweek
Now that the bar on special effects has been raised so high, is it impossible to clear?


Quiet Night
by Robert Wrigley, Slate


Fifteen Ways To Leave Your Lover
by Simon Jeffery, Guardian
Following an Islamic court decision last week that allowed a Malaysian man to serve a divorce on his wife by text message, we review some of the strangest — and cruellest — ways to get shot of that special someone

Tuesday, July 29, 2003


In The Political Arena, The Gladiators Are Now Engaged In Total War
by Ronald Brownstein, Los Angeles Times
American political life has always required a tolerance for mud and expediency. But over the last generation, the level of combat in this endless battle has escalated to the point where the extreme has become the routine.

Foreign Currency
by Richard Just, Prospect
What Democrats can learn from Tony Blair's speech to Congress.

Tech & Science

A Bad Trip Down Memory Lane
by Bruce Grierson, New York Times
Though the term "false memory" is slippery and inadequate, there is now little doubt that the phenomenon exists.


Just Say Om
by Joel Stein, Time
Scientists study it. Doctors recommend it. Millions of Americans — many of whom don't even own crystals — practice it every day. Why? Because meditation works.

Bob Hope, Master Of One-Liners And Friend To G.I.'s, Dies At 100
by Vincent Canby, New York Times
There was nothing Bob Hope loved more than an audience, and audiences responded in kind, particularly soldiers facing combat who desperately needed a laugh.

City Lights Alter Rhythm Of Life On Long Island Sound
by Kirk Johnson, New York Times
Scientists say that night on the Sound no longer exists because the sky has been deeply altered by the advent of artificial light.


A Rich Man
by Edward P. Jones, New Yorker

Monday, July 28, 2003


Thanks For The Mammaries
by Collin Levey, Wall Street Journal
Feminists want women to control their bodies — except their breasts.

Tech & Science

As Clock Ticks For Hubble, Some Plead For A Reprieve
by Dennis Overbye, New York Times
On Thursday, astronomers will crowd into a hotel ballroom in Washington to discuss when and how NASA should put down one of its and astronomy's most spectacular successes, the Hubble Space Telescope.


Bob Hope, Legendary Entertainer, Dies At 100
by Associated Press
Bob Hope, ski-nosed master of the one-liner and favorite comedian of servicemen and presidents alike, has died, less than two months after turning 100.

It's Not R Town
by Lorenza Munoz, Los Angeles Times
Some small-town theaters choose to live without 'restricted' films.

Dont' Wanna Grow Up Cuz Puberty Isn't Funny
by Ned Martel, New York Times
No matter how many laughs a television show can squeeze from an impish boy, cracking wise and bugging out his eyes at various oppressors, a sudden end to the laughter looms. The comedy often stops when puberty starts.
by Johnny Diaz, Boston Globe
To look at her, you wouldn't know this 22-year-old has no home. Or that she's a writer, with a devoted Internet following.

Feminism, The Body, And The Machine
by Wendell Berry, Cross Currents
Without exception, the feminist letters accuse me of exploiting my wife, and they do not scruple to allow the most insulting implications of their indictment to fall upon my wife. They fail entirely to see that my essay does not give any support to their accusation — or if they see it, they do not care.

Sunday, July 27, 2003


Democrats In Search Of A Hero
by Economist
As the Democrats struggle to find a credible challenger to President Bush in next year's election, they also risk losing America's largest state: Governor Gray Davis of California will face a "recall" vote in which he may be up against one of Hollywood's most popular figures: Arnold Schwarzenegger, alias, the "Terminator".

How Not To Stop The Next 9/11
by Fred Kaplan, Slate
Congress' pointless plan for preventing terrorism.

Message To Beijing
by Martin C.M. Lee, Washington Post
The only thing more dangerous than democracy in Hong Kong is a continuation of its autocratic government.


Vroom! With A View
by Vince Beiser, Los Angeles Times
As you drive around L.A., ever wonder why someone would choose to live by the freeway?

The New Nun
by Neil Swidey, Boston Globe
A 32-year-old woman is letting go of what she calls the "image of success for a Medford girl" — marriage, big house, adorable kids, and a part-time law practice. Her reason: Because God has something else in mind.

Now Taking The Field: Bold Stadium Designs
by Christopher Hawthrone, New York Times
New sports stadiums have generally been staid and faux-historical. So will fans embrace an architectural trip to left field?

Prime Numbers: What Science And Crime Have In Common
by Nicholas Wade, New York Times
If Caesar had only known that his desire to emulate Alexander — his spectacular conquest of Gaul, his renowned oratory, his elegant military histories, his provident reform of the calendar — stemmed from an unconscious drive to bed more women, would he not have wept all the more?

Los Angeles' Lost River
by Hilary kaplan, The Next American City
For 120 years, the freshwater mecca served as L.A.'s hub and main water source, so people more or less paid attention to the river's health. But they were also sucking it dry.


'Sesame Street' For Grown-Ups Teachers Life Skills
by Greg Toppo, USA Today
Literacy advocates hope it will reach a few of the estimated 90 million grown-ups who, though solid on their ABCs and 1-2-3s, could use a little help with W-2s and GEDs.

Saturday, July 26, 2003


When Security Becomes Apartheid
by Ferry Biedermann, Salon
To stop suicide bombers, Israel is erecting a 26-foot-high barrier to wall off the occupied territories. But the wall is causing daily hardship — and annoying President Bush.


Playbooks For The War Of The Sexes
by Mimi Avins, Los Angeles Times
Maxim's spoof on stripping offers insight into how the other half reads.

The Secret Of The Black Paintings
by Arthur Lubow, New York Times
Who painted Goya's most celebrated work? According to a provocative new study, it may not have been Goya.

Chinatown: Eat, Drink And Speak Cantonese
by Diasann McLane, New York Times
When I order food in Cantonese in Chinatown as a non-Asian, it is as if a door swings open and I'm invited into the house to meet the family.

America Yawns At Foreign Fiction
by Stephen Kinzer, New York Times
Writers, publishers and cultural critics have long lamented the difficulty of interesting American readers in translated literature, and now some say the market for these books is smaller than it has been in generations.

Thursday, July 24, 2003


'Blogs' Shake The Political Discourse
by Joanna Weiss, Boston Globe
Whether this is a useful addition to the political process is subject to question. But the most fervent blog proponents have been talking like apostles. Blogs, they predict, are harbingers of a new, interactive culture that will change the way democracy works, turning voters into active participants rather than passive consumers, limiting the traditional media's role as gatekeeper, and giving the rank-and-file voter unparalleled influence.


Take It From An Iowan: You Can Never Have Too Much Of A Good Thing
by Renee Schettler, Washington Post
For all the differences between Washingtonians and Iowans, there is but a single, fundamental distinction that matters to me. And it has everything to do with corn.

For Young German Writers, All Is Ich
by Nora Fitzgerald, New York Times
World War II and the Holocaust are no longer the dominant themes in these existential tales by the young writers. Instead, they are writing about the role of the artist after the fall of the wall, the life of the immigrant and, obsessively it seems, about the elusive nature of happiness.

Hidden In Every Brain There Lurks A Poet
by Brad Evenson, National Post
Dissecting creativity is 'the last frontier of the last frontier.'

For The 15th Time, Look It Up
by Peter Monaghan, Chronicle Of Higher Education
'The Chicago Manual of Style' enters the 21st century.


by Ellen Wehle, Slate

Wednesday, July 23, 2003


The Cuban Missile Tape Crisis
by David Greenberg, Slate
Just how helpful are the White House recordings?

At War For Freedom
by James Woolsey, The Observer
The former Director of the CIA says that America should make no apology for its robust response in the "war on terrorism". And if that makes other states nervous, so much the better .

Tech & Science

The New Science Of Dyslexia
by Chrstine Gorman, Time
Why some children struggle so much with reading used to be a mystery. Now researchers know what's wrong — and what to do about it.

Yips, The Curse Of Golfers, Are Put To The Test
by Monica Davey, New York Times
Yips are the sudden jerks, clenches, twitches or spasms that can send an easy two-foot putt right off the green.

The Lost City Of Venice
by Josh McHugh, Wired
For centuries, St. Mark's Square has been slowly slipping closer to Atlantis. Here's how a massive system of floodgates could turn the tide.


The Me-Moir: Publishing's Vanity Project
by Linton Weeks, Washington Post
I am in My Summer of Memoirs. The story you are reading, ostensibly an exploration of storytelling genres, is really all about me. And about what it's like to be me.

Tuesday, July 22, 2003


Who's Unpatriotic Now?
by Paul Krugman, New York Times
By cooking intelligence to promote a war that wasn't urgent, the administration has squandered our military strength.

Tech & Science

The Power Of The Moon
by Nigel Holloway, Forbes
The tides are as predictable as night and day, and they're powerful, too. Now there's a way of using their kinetic energy to produce electricity.


Cash. Fame. Pressure. And Garlic.
by William Grimes, New York Times
"The Restaurant," despite its manipulations, opens a window that even professional food writers rarely get to look through. It makes clear, whether consciously or unconsciously, the unholy alliance of creativity, money and public relations that dominates New York's restaurant economy.

Monday, July 21, 2003


France And Us
by Richard Brookhiser, American Heritage
The French helped us win our Revolution. A few years later we were at war with Napoleon's navy. The two countries have been falling in and out of love eve rsince. Why?


After Blair Fiasco, Times Considers Ombudded Journalism
by Howard Kurtz, Washington Post
The icy opposition to hiring an ombudsman at the New York Times appears to be melting.

What's In A Name? In This Case, Fancy Sandwiches
by Sarah Lyall, New York Times
"Trading on one's family name is not derogatory anymore, at least not in my view."

There's No Tiptoeing Past Shoe Policy
by Susan Stellin, New York Times
Until recently, the Transportation Security Administration has been tight-lipped about its apparent shoe fetish, but on July 10, the agency finally clarified its policy.


View From A Headlock
by Jonathan Lethem, New Yorker
"Let me see it for a minute." Let me see it: you saw a basketball or a pack of baseball cards or a plastic water gun by taking it into your hands, and what happened after that was in doubt. Ownership depended mostly on not letting anyone see anything. If you let a kid see a bottle of Yoo-hoo for a minute, he'd drink what was left of it.

Sunday, July 20, 2003


Why Liberals Are No Fun
by Frank Rich, New York Times
How can Democrats be so ineffectual in the media in which they would seem to have a home-court cultural advantage?


The Writing Life
by Lily Tuck, Washington Post
Liars and novelists have this in common: They need to sustain the lie.

Question Reality
by Liza Mundy, Washington Post
'Survivor' gave Colleen Haskell fame she didn't enjoy, fans she'd rather avoid and a movie career she didn't want. So she escaped to an ordinary life and an ordinary job... making a reality TV show.

How Much Did Your Seat Cost?
by David Leonhardt, New York Times
Now the purchase of a theater ticket has come to resemble the purchase of an airline ticket. For complete control — the ability to choose your seat and the date you sit there — you will probably pay top dollar. In most other cases, you can make a deal.

Over 90, And Still On The Road
by Hila Colman, New York Times
For many people my age, just getting out for something as simple as an ice cream cone can make a big difference in your quality of life. If we can't get there in our own cars or afford to hire a driver, we need better public transportation or the help of younger people who don't mind the company of someone who's been around the block a couple of times.

3-D Rides Back To Save The Day
by Rick Lyman, New York Times
Always frantic to revive the sense of magic that greeted the first motion pictures, Hollywood is taking yet another chance on one of the movies' most enduring challenges: 3-D.

Saturday, July 19, 2003


10 Things We Can Do To Perpetuate Homelessness
by Joel John Roberts, Los Angeles Times
To many people, the world today is upside down. Look at the problem of homelessness, for example. We are the rishest and most powerful nation in the world, and yet there are still thousands and thousands of people who sleep on our streets each night.


Options Abound For Text Chat Services On Macs
by Glenn Fleishman, Seattle Times
Withour data lives split up in many locations, and often our only access a machine with a Web browser, .Mac has become a more compelling option for frequent travelers — even ifyou're traveling among home, office and coffee shop.

Trust Me, I'm British
by Tim Burt, Financial Times
Whatever Downing Street's view, the BBC has become a valued news source for liberal America.

The Economist Takes The High Road To Global Success
by David Shaw, Los Angeles Times
One of the hottest-selling magazines in America doesn't publish celebrity covers or photos of scantily clad young woemn, doesn't traffic in gossip or diet tips and doesn't cater to a niche audience obsessed with cars, coins, cooking or collectibles. Moreover, it doesn't call itself a magaine, and it isn't published in America.

Friday, July 18, 2003


Falling Hook, Line And Sinker
by Sandra Leong, Straits Times
With the Disney/Pixar animation movie such a hit at cinemas, adults and children alike have been flocking to aquariums to buy a clown fish.

They Should Know Better
by Robert Fulford, National Post
Humanities scholars spend lots of time reading, so why can't they write?

Barbie, Starbucks And Freedom
by Farhad Manjoo, Salon
If Public Enemy, which has the resources to fight egregious copyright claims, doesn't make music like it used to because it's just too much trouble, think of how many other people there must be who are holding their tongues — because to say anything new and interesting would simply cost too much.

Thursday, July 17, 2003


Seeking Nirvana In A Dusty Bookshelf
by James Verini, Los Angeles Times
They may look sleepy, but many used-book stores are thriving.

Hate Is A Useless Emotion
by Bella English, Boston Globe
Experts confirm what many victims feel: Forgiveness can have the power to heal.

Free Press
by Jack Shafer, Slate
The Washington Post's grand plans to give it away.

Wednesday, July 16, 2003


Tour Of Duty Or Deplorable Deployment?
by Jeff Danziger, Los Angeles Times
This is a hideous mistake. There are no short-timers' calendars, no end of this assignment to look forward to. Nothing you can promise the folks back home. Or yourself, for that matter.

It's Hong Kong V China: Who'll Crack?
by Oliver August, The Times
Six years after the handover to China, Hong Kong's residents are so angry at the collapse of their once vibrant economy and property market that they are prepared to challenge the might of Beijing.

Tech & Science

The New Sex Scorecard
by Hara Marano, Psychology Today
It's safe to talk about sex differences again.


He Knows The Flow Must Go On
by John Balzar, Los Angeles Times
For a collector and businessman, nothing that modern technology offers these days can replace the magic of writing with a fountain pen.

New Tarantino Film To Be Released In 2 Parts
by Laura M. Holson, New York Times
Miramax Films will take the unusual and potentially risky move of releasing "Kill Bill," the much-anticipated Quentin Tarantino martial arts action-adventure film, as two movies, the first to open in the fall.

People's Poet
by Martin Wainwright, Guardian
For years he worked with down-and-outs, drug addicts and burglars. Now Ian Duhig has been shortlisted for one of Britain's most prestigious poetry prizes.


Leaflet On Wooing
by Lucie Brock-Broido, Slate

Tuesday, July 15, 2003


Should Howard Dean Be A Little Afraid Of The Internet?
by Chris Sullentrop, Slate
By encouraging so much spontaneous organization, Dean has — knowingly or unknowingly — ceded a lot of control to these unofficial groups. It's a gamble that may pay off, but it's still a gamble.

Black Thursday For Bush
by David S. Broder, Washington Post
If President Bush is not reelected, we may look back on last Thursday, July 10, 2003, as the day the shadow of defeat first crossed his political horizon.

The Bright Stuff
by Daniel C. Dennett, New York Times
We are, in fact, the moral backbone of the nation: brights take their civic duties seriously precisely because they don't trust God to save humanity from its follies.

Tech & Science

Early Voices: The Leap To Language
by Nichoals Wade, New York Times
New research is eroding the idea that the origins of language are hopelesly lost in the mists of time. New clues have started to emerge from archaeology, genetics and human behvaioral ecology, and even linguists have grudgingly begun to join in the discussion before other specialists eat their lunch.


Sound, Fury And Cellphone Users
by Elizabeth Olson, New York Times
Feelings of rage and seething are not uncommon when it comes to cellphones, where the "against" line up passionately against the "for."

Question For 'David' At 500: Is He Ready For Makeover?
by Alan Riding, New York Times
There is no shortage of passion in the arguments brandished by Ms. Parronchi and Ms. Falletti and their respective supporters, arguments in which science and experience have been marshaled for partisan purposes.

The Devil Highway's Number Is Finally Up
by Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
After 77 years, U.S. 666 will soon be renamed and, some locals say, maybe even reborn.

Monday, July 14, 2003


20 Lies About The War
by Glen Rangwala and Raymond Whitaker, Independent
Falsehoods ranging from exaggeration to plain untruth were used to make the case for war. More lies are being used in the aftermath.


Harry Potter And The Internet Pirates
by Amy Harmon, New York Times
JC, a 36-year-old Harry Potter fanin Kansas City, Mo., decided he was too old to go chasing after the fifth book in the pouplar series when it came out last month. Instead, he downloaded the book.

Sunday, July 13, 2003


The American Vacation Does A Disappearing Act
by Jane Engle, Los Angeles Times
Employee fear and guilt, an 'overwork ethic' and recession keep workers from taking time off.

Using Their Bean
by David Gritten, Los Angeles Times
The men behind the Rowan Atkinson comedy "Johnny English" don't need U.S. audiences to help make their film a hit. It already is.

Ground Zero Or Bust
by Frank Rich, New York Times
In post-9/11 New York, it's not those tried 20th-century battles about pornography and blasphemy that draw blood. The new culture wars often spring from 9/11 itself, starting with the future, aesthetic and otherwise, of ground zero.

Saturday, July 12, 2003


Parental Guidance Required
by Donald J. Michugh Jr., New York Times
No governmental programs or police intervention can substitute for loving parental supervision.


Atlantic Turns To The Pacific
by Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles' bright galaxy of stars is about to increase by three.

2 Fast 4 Safety?
by Walter Kirn, New York Times
Our speed limits don't necessarily make us all safer, just more regulated.

Friday, July 11, 2003


Bush's Bad Science
by J. W. Anderson, Washington Post
Uncertainty is no reason for the U.S. to dodge its responsibility to act on global climate change.

Big Brother Gets A Brain
by Noah Shachtman, Village Voice
The Pentagon's plan for tracking everything that moves.


A Message From Roger
by Lane DeGregory, St. Petersburg Times
Standing on Clearwater's Pier 60, a little boy put a note in a bottle: "To whoever finds this, please write me a letter and let me know." Nineteen years went by. Roger, we got your note.

The Anti-Pleasure Principle
by Jacob Sullum, Reason
The "food police" and the pseudoscience of self-denial.


When E = Sex Appeal2
by Toby Moore, The Times


Bush Gets An Eyeful On African Safari
by Dana Milbank, Washington Post
Elephants put on R-rated performance for first family.

Thursday, July 10, 2003

Tech & Science

To Kill An Avatar
by Dan Hunter and F. Gregory Lastowka, Legal Affairs
Norrath, the online world created by Sony, has more residents than Miami and a bigger GNP than Bulgaria. Who will make its laws?


'Bling-Bling' In The Oxford Dictionary? That's Phat
by Renne Tawa, Los Angeles Times
The popular hip-hop phrase has a shot at being included in the paes of the highly respected tome.

A Wine Award That Seems Easy To Come By
by Amanda Hesser, New York Times
For wine drinkers around the country, finding a restaurant with a Wine Spectator award has become a reassuring sign. It has come to mean that the restaurant's wine list, wine service and wine storage have been held up to the discerning light of one of some of hte nation's most well-respected wine critics, and that it has triumphed. Or has it?


Paradise Seed
by Kathleen Raine

Wednesday, July 9, 2003


A Nation Of Scared Sheep
by Louise Witt, Salon
Why don't Americans care that Bush may have lied to them about Iraq? The answer lies deep in our reptilian brains.


Iran Twins Die Trying To Live Separate Lives
by Wayne Arnold and Denise Grady, New York Times
They wanted to see each other face to face, they said, and to pursue independent lives. And so Ladan and Laleh Bijani, 29-year-old Iranian twins who were born joined at the head, asked doctors to go ahead with a risky operation to separate them. Neither survived.

Kathleen Raine
by Janet Watts, The Guardian
Singular poet who stood as a witness to spiritual values in an age that rejected them.


by Patricia Traxler, Slate

Tuesday, July 8, 2003


In Blair We Trust
by Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times
One of the saddest results of our war in Iraq is that it may finish off Tony Blair before Saddam Hussein.

Tech & Science

Search For Life Out There Gains Respect, Bit By Bit
by Dennis Overbye, New York TImes
Years after Congress ordered NASA to pull the plug on a survey looking for alien radio signals from the stars, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or SETI, as it is known to aficionados, seems to have gradually achieved a modicum of respect in the halls of Washington.

How Language Stunts Creativity
by Brad Evenson, National Post
As the brain dies, new artistry is born.


Gertrude Stein Rocks
by Jim Lewis, Slate
Should great poems be seen and not heard?

Sequels Are Fish Food
by Patrick Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
Much-hypted retreads, lacking individuality, are in the box-office tank, gobbled up by the clever "Finding Nemo" and other inventive films.

Opposites Attract? Not In Real Life
by Natalie Angier, New York Times
As a new report demonstrates with the no-nonsense zing of the phrase "I do," humans often seek in a spouse the sort of person they know best: themselves.

Same Old Story: Awful Or Odd
by Sarah Johnson, The Times
Once upon a time, elderly people in children's books were either evil or eccentric, and not much has changed.

Subway Cars' Last Stop: Under Sea, Not Ground
by Robert Hanley, New York Times
An old New York City subway car was pushed into the ocean Thursday off Cape May, N.J. A total of 50 cars were added to an artificial reef.

He And She: What's The Real Difference?
by Clive Thompson, Boston Globe
According to a team of computer scientists, we give away our gender in our writing style.

Textbook Writing 101
by M. Garrett Bauman, Chronicle Of Higher Education
Most professors think you need a grat idea for a textbook to put your stamp on the discipline — a sparkling, cutting-edge theme. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Monday, July 7, 2003


Hong Kong To Delay Anti-Subversion Bill
by Philip P.Pan, Washington Post
Though the residents cannot elect their chief executive, or even a majority of their lawmakers, they had forced the government to back down simply by marching through the streets.


Harry Potter And The Childish Adult
by A.S. Byatt, New York Times
What is the secret of the explosive and worldwide success of the Harry Potter books? Why do they satisfy children and — a much harder question — why do so many adults read them?

Capturing The Cultural Revolution
by Alan Riding, New York Times
A photographer who documented the cultural revolution in China is for the first time making public his remarkable visual testimony of that violet era.

In Search Of The Perfect Cup, The Old Coffee Pot Is PassÈ
by Deborah Baldwin, New York Times
Not long ago, coffee fanatics were thrilled to be within walking distance of fresh cappuccino. But soon that did not cut it.


The Benefit Of The Doubt
by Tobias Wolff, New Yorker

Sunday, July 6, 2003


A Genealogy Of Anti-Americanism
by James W. Ceaser, Public Interest
A genuine dialogue between America and Europe will become possible only when Europeans start the long and arduous process of freeing themselves from the grip of anti-Americanism.


Big-City Hall Marks
by Paul Lieberman, Los Angeles Times
Conceived in the Eisenhower era, the Los Angeles Music Center, Washington's Kennedy Center and New York's Lincoln Center — are forced to face some modern realities.

Is Less More? Broadway's Naked Truths
by Jesse Green, New York Times
There's currently a bumper corp of flesh on Broadway, both subtly achieved and blatantly revealed.

Up, Up And Away
by Cathy Horyn, New York Times
Apparently for many women, exposing four inches of bare belly is easier to accept than the last inch of leg.

It's Hard, Being A Chinese DJ
by Hector Mackenzie, Wired News
Welcome to the resourceful world of the Chinese DJ.

Saturday, July 5, 2003


Throngs Return For Mall Fourth
by Carol Morello, Washington Post
A dazzling fireworks show sprayed light across the Washington sky last night, viewed by throngs of visitors on the Mall who celebrated Independence Day against a backdrop of American troops under fire abroad and vigilance against terrorism at home.

Abolish Marriage
by Michael Kinsley, Slate
Let's really get the government out of our bedrooms.

Tech & Science

Trying To Clear The Static On Using Electronics Aloft
by Jane Engle, Los Angeles Times
Is it safe to use cell-phones, pagers and such in flight? Maybe yes — but we aren't sure yet.


Where Have All The Lisas Gone?
by Peggy Orenstein, New York Times
Why did I recently receive birth announcements from three couples who had never met, who lived as distant from one another as Maine, Minnesota and California, yet who had all named their sons Leo?

In The Face Of Death
by Alex Kotlowitz, New York Times
They had already found Jeremy Gross guilty of a brutal murder. How did 12 pro-death-penalty jurors come to spare his life?

Barry White, Disco-Era Crooner, Dies At 58
by Jon Pareles, New York Times
Barry White, whose deep voice and lushly orchestrated songs added up to soundtracks for seduction, died yesterday in Los Angeles. He was 58.

Pawn Brokers
by Steven Poole, The Guardian
The deepest and most inexhaustible of western games, chess, has exerted a peculiar fascination for artists.

Friday, July 4, 2003


The Powerful Pull Of Freedom
by Dinesh D'Souza, Los Angeles Times
It's not just material abundance that lures immigrants to the U.S. It's also the opportunity to be the architect of one's own life.

French Student Visitors Get The Cold Shoulder
by Alison Leigh Cowan, New York Times
First it was French wines. Then French fries. Now it's French exchange students who are getting the cold shoulder from American families still smarting over France's opposition to the war in Iraq.

Tech & Science

Wrinkle Cream For Old Movies
by Bill Desowitz, Los Angeles Times
Modern technology can make classic films look even better than new. But is that really a good idea?

Similar Solar System Found Only 90 Light Years Away
by Dennis Overbye, New York Times
A team of British, Australian and American astronomers announced yesterday that they had found a hint of home 90 light years away in the constellation Puppis.


Frozen Rite
by Scott Martelle, Los Angeles Times
The suburbs they are a-changin', but for some the ice cream man still cometh, with a familiar ring of nostalgia.

A Novelist's Mental Architecture
by Marcelle Clements, New York Times
One of the exquisite pleasures of writing a novel is creating a home for the characters — and therefore for yourself, too, as their invisible but bossy guest.

Coffee Snobs Unite
by Joshua Kurlantzick, Washington Monthly
How Americans' bad taste in coffee is putting Juan Valdez out of business.


Uncle Grossman
by John Skoyles, The Atlantic

Thursday, July 3, 2003


Blogland's Man Of The People
by Farhad Manjoo, Salon
The Web has found its candidate for president, and his name is Howard Dean.

Let Their People Come
by Brendan Miniter, Wall Street Journal
The Founders understood the importance of free immigration.

How To Learn To Love Sodomy
by Mark Morford, San Francisco Chronicle
This just in: GOP atremble, love & sex rejoice, revolution imminent. Can you feel it?


Film's Not Dead, Damn It!
by Stephanie Zacharek, Salon
Interviews with some of today's leading cinematographers — the real magic-makers of the movies — suggest that George Lucas' overhyped "digital revolution" is mostly marketing buzz.

Stars And Stripes Forever: Smithsonian Preserves That Flag
by Elizabeth Olson, New York Times
A three-year effort to preserve the 190-year-old flag, which inspired what became the national anthem, is nearing completion.

Remembering Hepburn, Floppy Pants And All
by Lilllian Ross, New York Times
To me, how she lived was pretty classy, and it should put all the pety, catty, would-be diminishers around us in their place.

The Green-Eyed Monster
by Joseph Epstein, Washington Monthly
Of the seven deadly sins, only envy is no fun at all.


The Norwegian Grandson
by Robert Bly, The Atlantic

My Father On A Bicycle
by Patricia Clark, The Atlantic

Wednesday, July 2, 2003


by Peter Hessler, New Yorker
The Yangtze swallows the past.

Who Lost The WMD?
by Massimo Calabresi and Timothy J. Burger, Time
As the weapons hunt intensifies, so does the finger pointing. A preview of the coming battle.


At Bedtime, Is A Book All You Want?
by Erica Wagner, The Times
The success of several new books shows that erotic writing is becoming bolder and more mainstream, but sex works best in the mind, not on the page.

Salads That Declare Their Independence
by Mark Bittman, New York Times
Meat is not only the centerpiece of most barbecues, but also the simplest part. Intensely flavorful to begin with, it is easily made more so with rubs, sauces and smoke. It's the salads that can be tricky.


Strange State, Wrong Highway, Cold Night
by J. Allyn Rosser, Slate

The Walk With Elizanne
by John Updike, New Yorker

Tuesday, July 1, 2003

Tech & Science

Monkey See, Monkey Speak: Facial Expressions As A Guide To Speech
by Henry Fountain, New York Times
Humans, even infants who cannot yet speak, pick up visual cues from the movement of the lips and other parts of the face to help understand what it is they are hearing. Now there is evidence that this ability may go back a long way.

The Mystery Of Itch, The Joy Of Scratch
by Abigail Zuger, New York Times
An itch demands a scratch, but science has barely begun to scratch the surface of why an itch itches, and how to make it stop.

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