Tuesday, September 30, 2003
Where's Schwarzenegger's Self-Respect?
As role models, the current stars are a total failure.
Monday, September 29, 2003
Why Hillary Should Run
If the Democratic Party's only true star genuinely wants to be president, her time is now. By 2008, it may well be too late.
Last summer, a man in California shot his 27-year-old autistic son to death and then shot himself. I understand why.
The Role Of The Delete Key In Blog
Is a blog still a blog if someone else edits it?
Sunday, September 28, 2003
The intimacy of a collection in your home.
A Classical Move
How a string quartet binds an urban community.
Method Actin Not A Good Fit When Bland Rules
There are still method actors around, and they are still capable of bringing performances to the screen that practically throb with the suggestion of experience not contained by the camera's gaze. Just don't call them method actors.
Driver Walks Free After Using Mobile On The Hoof
An Australian judge has thrown out a case against a man caught using a mobile phone while driving a horse and carriage, saying police who brought the charges "look a bit silly".
Saturday, September 27, 2003
Why is there no such things as good, low-priced California wine?
I Cook, Therefore I Am
The celebrity chef has gone sage, and now cookbooks aren't about cooking.
Foie Gras Fracas: Haute Cuisine Meets The Duck Liberators
Here in the zone of good feeling, where eating and drinking well is considered high art, the foie gras brouhaha has become a flashpoint in the political battles over food.
Friday, September 26, 2003
Who's Poor? Don't Ask The Census Bureau
The problem is that the official definition of poverty no longer provides an accurate picture of material deprivation.
Tech & Science
Most software managers know what good office space woul dbe like, and they know they don't have it, and can't have it. Well it's my own damn company and I can do something about it, so I did.
Thursday, September 25, 2003
Red Lobster Endless Crab Offer Gobbled Up Chain's Profits
Be careful when offering an all-you-can-eat promotion. The consequences can be costly.
Wednesday, September 24, 2003
Run? Hillary? Run?
Clinton is one of the few who say she won't.
Forbidden Fruit: Something About A Mangosteen
I'm a big-time mangosteen addict, which presents problems. The mangosteen — a tropical fruit about the size of a tangerine, whose leathery maroon shell surrounds moist, fragrant, snow-white segments of ambrosial flesh — can't get a visa.
Where Did Dewey File Those Law Books?
Who knew that someone owned the Dewey Decimal System?
Clinton 'History' Doesn't Repeat Itself In China
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's autobiography has become a major best seller in China, but nearly everything she had to say about China has been censored.
Chinese Court Rules Dow Jones Violaed A Copyright With Logo
Publisher must stop using a calligraphic rendition of firm's corporate logo.
Tuesday, September 23, 2003
Tech & Science
Not Science Fiction: An Elevator To Space
With advances toward ultrastrong fibers, the concept of building an elevator 60,000 miles high to carry cargo into space is moving from the realm of science fiction to the fringes of reality.
New Theory: Universe Born In A Black Hole
If black holes and the Big Bang befuddle you, try wrapping your brain around this one: The entire universe may have been created in an explosion inside a black hole.
Chesseburger And Fries, Wrapped Up In One
Looking to emulate the success of Chicken McNuggets and fried mozzarella sticks, an industry group is pushing "cheeseburger fries."
Air Passengers' Carry-Ons: No, Not Bags, Dinner
In the era of the no-frill airline, a crucial part of the preflight ritual has become stocking up on sustenance.
Monday, September 22, 2003
Pianos With Strings Attached
Steinway has dominated the piano world for more than a century — and not just by making the best instruments.
Sunday, September 21, 2003
Owner Of Dewey Decimal System Sues New York's Library Hotel
The nonprofit library cooperative that owns the Dewey Decimal system has filed suit against a library-themed luxury hotel in Manhattan for trademark infringement.
Saturday, September 20, 2003
Law & Order & Law & Order & Law & Order & Law & Order ...
The secret behind the TV show's power is simple: It's endlessly extendable, like any great brand.
Under One Roof
The death and life of the New York department store.
Europeans wonder why Americans have it so good. The answer: We work hard for it while they take vacations.
Friday, September 19, 2003
Why Can't We Be "Friends"?
Among the new fall TV sitcoms are predictably miserable rip-offs ("Coupling"), dubious star vehicles (Kelly Ripa, anyone?) and cartoon families — and a few that seem to get the tricky comedy formula just right.
Rebuilding The Golden Arches
McDonald's has a new boss, new products, and a new growth strategy — and they're all starting to pay off.
Will Frankenfood Save The Planet?
Over the next half century genetic engineering could feed humanity and solve a raft of environmental ills — if only environmentalists would let it.
Thursday, September 18, 2003
Tech & Science
Laying Data Traps For Isabel
Stoked-up scientists and engineers are rushing to position themselves and their new storm data collection devices along the predicted path of Hurricane Isabel.
Tracking The Muse Within The Maelstrom
Unpredictable, overwhelming — and occasionally overhyped by forecasters — hurricanes throughout history have played havoc with the human psyche.
A Long Shot In 'Chicago' Pays Off
Melanie Griffith in the role of Roxie Hart in the musical "Chicago" has turned out to be, in the judgment of several critics, something of a casting coup.
World Trade Center Endures, Read The Signs.
A series of decisions points to "World Trade Center" as the formal, future name of that acreage downtown, Daniel Libeskind designs and all.
Get Back In Your Box
With 10 new titles, the BBC is now the UK's third biggest magazine publisher. But will it force its rivals out of business?
Wednesday, September 17, 2003
When Books Break The Bank
More and more, students are fighting back, finding ways to reduce the costs. They are sharing books, using library copies or going online to find cheap used copies. Indeed, about 20 percent no longer buy all their required texts.
They'll Make A Musical About Anything These Days
Hi, everybody, and welcome to "Musical or Not?" the game show that tests your knowledge of musical theater.
Internet Helps TV Talk To New Remote
You can fix a leaky faucet or a loose towel rack and chances are good that no one in your household will notice. But fix the television's remote control and you will be treated like a hero.
Tuesday, September 16, 2003
Defining The "Peace Party"
Democratic and Republican candidates with varying views on abortion and guns have won the presidency because the public is divided on these matters. That is not the case as regards war.
Tech & Science
We Got Rhythm; The Mystery Is How And Why
The ability to enjoy music has long puzzled biologists because it does nothing evident to help survival.
How Four Magazines You've Probably Never Read Help Determine What Books You Buy
You've probably never read these magazines, even if you've seen their names on book jackets. But they're helping determine what you read. Together, they make up the big four of book industry trade journals, aimed at publishing insiders: newspaper and magazine editors, bookstore and library book-buyers, literary agents, and film industry types scanning them for movie rights.
Bollocks To That, Sir
Disruptive pupils are making it impossible to improve Britain's secondary schools.
Monday, September 15, 2003
Tech & Science
The Cheap Way To The Stars — By Escalator
If climbing a stairway to heaven sounds like too much hard work, then a conference of 70 scientists and engineers opening in Santa Fe today may offer hope of a more leisurely way into space.
Disillusionment Over The Thames
The illusionist David Blaine's plan to spend 44 days suspended over the Thames is not winning many fans.
Public TV Learns To Do Without
With pledge week donations lagging, corporate contributions flagging and state support drying up, public stations are growing increasingly threadbare.
A Literary Award For Stephen King
Under pressure from publishers to shake up its sleepy image, the organization that presents the National Book Awards is planning to give its annual medal for distinguished contribution to American letters to Stephen King.
If Music Be The Foil Of Food, I'll Pass
Americans harbor a terror of silence, and it is not doing them, or music, any good.
The Latest Obscenity Has Seven Letters
"The fact that people are using the term fascist to refer to such extremely different phenomena tells you that it has lost most of its descriptive power."
You, Sir, Are A Bore
Why can't American politicians come up with imaginative insults?
Sunday, September 14, 2003
Top Gun Vs. Total Recall
Only in America could a guy who struts in an action-hero's Hollywood costume and barks macho lines from a script pass for a plausible political leader. But if George W. Bush can get away with it, why should Arnold Schwarzenegger be pilloried for the same antics?
Tech & Science
Had Hubble Had Its Day?
It's been our eye on the universe for 13 years, transforming our knowledge of deep space — but at a cost. Is it really worth saving from retirement?
Horsepower doesn't move cars anymore. Style does. And that shift tells the story of an automotive revolution.
The heritage industry is now so powerful that it is impossible to criticise, let alone demolish, old buildings.
Saturday, September 13, 2003
Death Of Actor Is Forcing ABC To Reconsider Fate Of His Show
ABC executives, anguished by the unexpected death of John Ritter Thursday night, now face the problem of whether to continue producing his show, the most popular comedy on the network.
Madonna Of The Pseuds
Hang on, I thought. I'm only pretending to like this picture. I don't really like it at all.
Friday, September 12, 2003
Adam Wants His Eve
Trying to save the endangered American Catholic priest, a "middle-of-the-road" Milwaukee pastor is asking his church to make celibacy optional.
John Ritter, Prolific Television Actor, Dies At 54
Emmy award-winning actor John Ritter, who gained fame playing bumbling and lovable characters in a pair of television comedies decades apart, has died suddenly due to a previously undetected arterial problem, his representatives said on Friday.
Thursday, September 11, 2003
Till Death Do Us Part
Laleh and Ladan Bijani wanted separate lives. Doctors wanted to make history. The inside story of what went wrong.
Wednesday, September 10, 2003
Bush's Many Miscalculations
On Sept. 11, the president was handed a historic opportunity. He ignored it.
Table For Four? Not So Fast, Pal
Ask any serious restaurateur about his most nagging and costly problems, and I'll bet that within 30 seconds, you'll hear these two words: "No-shows."
The Horror Of 9/11 That's All Too Familiar
One photo said it all, but for many it said too much. Now get the view of the man behind the camera.
Snacker's Paradise: Devouring Singapore's Endless Supper
Singapore is one of the most food-mad cities in an ever more food-mad world, with more than 6,500 restaurants and 11,500 food stalls jammed into its 250 square miles. They offer Cantonese, Teochew, Hokkien, Hakka and Hainanese dishes — all with roots in China — plus curries from south India, tikkas from north India, Malay and Indonesian and Thai specialties, and adaptations and mixtures of all of them.
Tuesday, September 9, 2003
Other People's Sacrifice
Mr. Bush created this crisis, and if he were a true patriot he would pay a political price to resolve it. Maybe it's time for him to do a couple of things he's never done before, like admitting mistakes and standing up to the hard right.
Time For A New Patriotism?
True loyalty to country is about more than saluting. A case for redefining the concept.
The Falseness Of Anti-Americanism
Pollsters report rising anti-Americanism worldwide. The United States, they imply, squandered global sympathy after the September 11 terrorist attacks through its arrogant unilateralism. In truth, there was never any sympathy to squander. Anti-Americanism was already entrenched in the world's psyche—a backlash against a nation that comes bearing modernism to those who want it but who also fear and despise it.
Tech & Science
Giant Steps Produced A Walking Robot
It isn't easy to convince hundreds of fidgeting schoolchildren that walking is actually a difficult maneuver involving the cooperation of countless neurons, ligaments and muscles.
Monday, September 8, 2003
Canada's Safe Haven For Junkies
Vancouver hopes to save hundreds of lives by opening street clinics where heroin addicts can shoot up safely. But the White House is accusing Canada of going AWOL from its war on drugs.
Tech & Science
What Galileo Saw
NASA's troubled mission to Jupiter, and its triumph.
Their New York: Manhattan '03
If I never surprised the city, though, the city certainly surprised me, and for years astonishment was a leitmotif of my Manhattan experience.
Sunday, September 7, 2003
The Problem With The French... Is That They Have No Word For Rapprochement
A mature and balanced examination of the French, with an eye toward defusing international tensions and dispelling regrettable stereotypes.
He may play the hapless goof, but don't be deceived. After 10 years doing late-night comedy, Conan O'Brien has created a brand of his own.
Selling Your Sex Life
The British TV comedy hit "Coupling," based on many of the real-life escapades of the husband-and-wife team who produce it, has been bought and remade by NBC. Is it really worth the money to hand your secrets to a network?
The Futile Pursuit Of Hapiness
Researchers in the burgeoning field of "affective forecasting" are finding that when it comes to personal satisfaction in life, you can't really know what you want.
The End Of Chocolate (As A Chocolatier Knows It)
The European Union has ruled that chocolate can contain some vegetable fats, and the French just can't swallow that.
Friday, September 5, 2003
Why The WTO Is Going Nowhere
Why it's an inhospitable time to be selling the wonders of globalization.
Tech & Science
Animal-Human SARS Link Found
With SARS still circulating through exotic animals in Chinese markets, China might have lifted its ban on the sale of the animals too soon, according to new research.
Keepers Of The Magic Kingdom
Watch closely among Disneyland's tourists and you might spot the Disneyana people, protecting Walt's vision and living most of their waking lives in the happiest place on Earth.
What About Me?
Two authors under one roof almost invariably creates professional envy.
Thursday, September 4, 2003
Hong Kong And The Future Of Freedom
Most media coverage of the present crisis has given the impression that what is at issue here is the future of Hong Kong. That is incorrect. What is really at issue is the future of China and, by direct implication, the future of freedom. And that, above all, is why Hong Kong is so important.
Wednesday, September 3, 2003
The Case For TV
Trials and most judicial proceedings are meant to be public, of course, and cameras make it possible for more citizens to see them.
Cooking For Cash
Cooks with contest fever add a handful of strategy and more than a pinch of ambition.
Dog Ate Your Homework? Fall On Your Bread Knife
Over the past decade, but especially since 2001, enrollment at schools with professional culinary programs has jumped 20 percent, 50 percent, sometimes 100 percent. A high proportion of students, often in their mid-30's, are coming from careers in finance, law, the broadcast media, information technology, sales, even the military.
Tuesday, September 2, 2003
Tech & Science
Despite Shattered Illusions, Mars Still Captures The Imaginatoin
On averted vision, or imagination, and its application to Mars, our space program, and life.
One Cosmic Question, Too Many Answers
Generations of physicists have hoped that at the end of their labors there would be one answer to all the big questions. For 20 years, hopes have lodged in string theory.
Reading, Writing And Body Waxing
The back-to-school rush has reached a feverish pitch here and across the region. But increasingly, especially for teenagers in affluent suburbs like this where reputations and cliques solidify faster than cold gravy, it is less about pencils and notebooks and more about the high-gloss, high-expense business of personal appearance.
'Aren't You Worried About Your Bottom Looking Big?'
As they fell apart for the umpteenth time, I became aware of several pairs of eyes turned towards me. "Sue, could you come up and conduct us?"
The Brief History Of The Dead
When the blind man arrived in the city, he claimed that he had travelled across a desert of living sand. First he had died, he said, and then—snap!—the desert. He told the story to everyone who would listen, bobbing his head to follow the sound of their footsteps. Showers of red grit fell from his beard. He said that the desert was bare and lonesome and that it had hissed at him like a snake. He had walked for days and days, until the dunes broke apart beneath his feet, surging up around him to lash at his face, then everything went still and began to beat like a heart. The sound was as clear as any he had ever heard. It was only at that moment, he said, with a million arrow-points of sand striking his skin, that he had truly realized he was dead.
Scientists Highlight Fish 'Intelligence'
Fish are socially intelligent creatures who do not deserve their reputation as the dim-wits of the animal kingdom, according to a group of leading scientists.
Monday, September 1, 2003
Colorblind America Is Still An Illusion
Rather than a colorblind society, the initiative would render the government blind when trying to analyze and address the inequities that still plague people of color.
Writing From The Margins
By daring to mention the name of a Trinidadian street in print, V. S. Naipaul started a movement of writers from former British colonies.
First Comes The Suburban Sprawl, Then The Spread
Sprawling suburbs where it is hard to get around without a car may make residents fatter: Americans who live in the most sprawling counties tend to weigh six pounds more than their counterparts in the most compact areas.