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Monday, March 26, 2007


MyAppleMenu Reader Goes Dark

I am taking a break, and there will be no more updates to this web site for the rest of the week. The next scheduled update will be on 1st April 2007, Sunday. And no, this is not an early April Fools' joke.


Theater's Alive With The Sound Of Laptops

Computer-enhanced pit bands are sweeping the country. Is Broadway next?

Will Diners Still Swallow This?

On your plate, a battle between profit and portions.

Sunday, March 25, 2007


Sniff, Look, Touch

These are the ultimate tools of the good cook.

Saturday, March 24, 2007


A Museum-Quality Car For A Subway Yet Unbuilt

In 1949, 10 prototype subway cars for the Second Avenue line were delivered to the New York Board of Transportation, but the line was never completed.

Friday, March 23, 2007


Look Sharp

Most American papers look as if they've stopped caring and are just going through the motions.

See You At The Barre

Amateur ballet dancing is not so easy. Yet a substratum of dedicated — even fanatical — amateurs does exist.

God And His Gays

By effectively insisting that God is a spiteful homo-hater, his followers saddle him with ancient phobias and condemn him to the backwaters of American moral life.

The Year Without Toilet Paper

To reduce their impact on the environment, two New Yorkers give up what most take for granted.

The Opt-Out Myth

If journalism repeatedly frames the wrong problem, then the folks who make public policy may very well deliver the wrong solution.

Thursday, March 22, 2007


Rembrandt's Amsterdam

He was an artist, a true genius whose gift continues to enlighten and intrigue us 400 years after his birth.

The Wisdom Of Children

A conversation at the grownup table, as imagined at the kids' table.


An Intelligent Designer On The Cow

Our creator's stream of consciousness while fabricating the cow.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007


A Well Of Pain

Their water was poisoned by chemicals. Was their treatment poisoned by racism?

Tech & Science

Scientists Finds The Beginning Of Morality In Primate Behavior

Dr Frans de Waal argues that human morality would be impossible without certain emotional building blocks that are clearly at work in chimp and monkey societies.

Snowflakes As Big As Frisbees?

Now,t heorists, weather historians and field observers are concluding that most of the reports ar etrue and that unusually large snowflakes two to six inches wide and perhaps wider fall regularly around the globe, suprisingly big and fluffy, if seldom witnessed or celebrated.


Queens Of The Stone Age

Have scholars given the cavewoman a more passive image than she deserves?

Inside Japan's Puzzle Palace

Will there be another puzzle craze after sudoku? If so, chances are it will spring from a Japanese company called Nikoli, run by the self-proclaimed godfather of sudoku, Maki Kaji.

Sing Bodies Eclectic

How do poets write in a culture enamored of both media spectacle (the Super Bowl, American Idol, a televised war) and unmediated individual expression — YouTube, MySpace, and blogs?

Tuesday, March 20, 2007


What The Bard And Lear Can Tell A Leader About Yes Men

Psychological experiments show that nearly everyone is susceptible to the lure of ignoring criticism. We are innately drawn to those who admire us and agree with us, and inclined to dislike the people who criticize us. There are two important differences, however, between ordinary people and the powerful.


Hear Me Breathe

The peculiar pleasure of earplugs.

Turns Out 2007's The Year Of The Writer-Director

Almost since the beginning of Hollywood have written themselves into becoming directors. What's changed is the number of opportunities available in the form of billionaires and quasi-billionaires eager to take a chance on proven names who want to direct.


Second Coming

The Death Of The Painter

The Museum Of Stones


Monday, March 19, 2007


What's Wrong With This Picture?

Race isn't a factor when my generation chooses friends.

Tech & Science

The Problem, In A Fundamental Nutshell: 'Is Your Baby Gay?'

Pity the poor fetus. There's a lot coming its way. And now there's talk on a conversative evangelical blog of a hypothetical hormone patch that an expectant mother might wear to eradicate her fetus's natural gayness.


U-Turn On H Street

If you were eight blocks past uncertainty, three steps from neglect, five houses down from hope, and you just saw a white man with ear buds rollerblading past a crack house without looking up, would you know what street you were on in the City?

A Lost Brother's Lost Words

"It was locked, but we found the key," Carol said. I knelt and raised the lid to behold a jumble of papers in utter disorder. Then I saw them: my brother's long-lost letters from Vietnam.

Facing Life With A Lethal Gene

Even as a raft of new DNA tests are revealing predispositions to all kinds of conditions, including breast cancer, depression and dementia, little is known about what it is like to live with such knowledge.

Can London's Skyline Grow Up Gracefully?

We need a new Canaletto to appreciate the possibilities of our new wave of tower-building.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Tech & Science

Free To Choose

The neuroscience of choice exposes the power of ideas.


Prince Of Darkness

How Joe Hill got over being Stephen King's son and wrote his own best-selling horror novel.

Television: Pilot Error

The way TV develops programming flies in the face of creative greatness. But changing course is a tricky proposition.

Saturday, March 17, 2007


Where The Dinner Table Is An Altar Of Thanks

When a platter of injera arrives at the table, covered in dips of fresh, locally grown vegetables and farm-raised meats, it is immediately torn apart by everyone within arm's reach. The ritual is as much about silent gratitude for what the land has offered, as it is about digging into a great meal.

Chasing The Ultimate Waterfall

That November marked the 150th anniversary of Livingstone's discovery of Victoria Falls, and when I heard that an expedition would retrace a few days of the explorer's journey, ending on the island where he first saw the falls, I made up my mind to go.

Friday, March 16, 2007


The Trouble With Loyalty

In politics, ideas are more important than people — or at least they should be.


You've Read The Novels (Now Read The Footnotes)

Annotated editions and period guides are not necessary to grasp the drama of classic literature, but they can enrich one's reading.

Scrap The Greenback!

It's time to get rid of the dollar bill.

Thursday, March 15, 2007


Cupcakes That Click

The obstacle for online bake shops: selling customers on a leap of faith.

Pig Out

Because we ask the ultimate sacrifice of these creatures, it is incumbent on us to ensure that they have decent lives.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007


A Place To Turn When A Newborn Is Fated To Die

Families whose babies suffer from fatal conditions are turning to specialized hospice programs for help.

Has Success Spoiled NPR?

forty years after public broadcasting was born, National Public Radio has it all — fame, money, and a powerhouse news operation. But has it lost what made it special?

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Tech & Science

Journeys To The Distant Fields Of Prime

Four hundred people packed into an auditorium at U.C.L.A. in January to listen to a public lecture on prime numbers, one of the rare occasions that the topic has drawn a standing-room-only audience.

What's So Funny? Well, Maybe Nothing

Laughter, a topic that stymied philosophers for 2,000 years, is finally yielding to science.

The Moral Challenge Of Modern Science

The moral challenge of modern science reaches well beyond the ambiguity of new technologies because modern science is much more than a source of technology, and scientists are far more than mere investigators and toolmakers.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Tech & Science

A New Theory Of The Universe

Biocentrism builds on quantum physics by putting life into the equation.


The State Of Stata

Now three years old, the inventive MIT building is meeting many of the goals that were set for it.

Who Has The Bread For A $15 Hot Dog?

A hamburger at that price would be an obscenity. But a lowly wiener? This is history in the making, if not a sure sign of the apocalypse.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Tech & Science

The Brain On The Stand

The extend of the revolution is hotly debated, but the influence of what some call neurolaw is clearly growing.


To Have, Hold And CHerish, Until Bedtime

Not since the Victorian age of starched sheets and starchy manners, builders and architects say, have there been so many orders for separate bedrooms. Or separate sleeping nooks. Or his-and-her wings.

Lotto Makes Sense, Even For Losers

As long as the fantasy is possible, even a negligible probability of winning becomes paradoxically reinforcing.

Saturday, March 10, 2007


The Big Leap

There are a lot of somebodies in Hollywood, but there are even more nobodies — the workday dreamers who give L.A. its unique texture and energy. In a town where writers want to be actors and video store clerks yearn to direct, hopefuls like Brad Burnett, Dino Pergola and Matt and Greg Bell became faces in the crowd when they moved here from the heartland. We took a closer look as they hustled valet jobs and unpaid agency internships, learned how to write screenplays and found ways to measure success one meeting at a time. This is the story of their first year in L.A.

The Theory Of The Leisure Class

An econonmic mystery: why do the poor seem to have more free time than the rich?

Friday, March 9, 2007


Tiny Island Is A Feudal Time Warp

Sark, in the English Channel, is under pressure to conform to Europe's rules.

Thursday, March 8, 2007


Do The Impossible: Know Thyself

Self-understanding is not around the corner and never will be. We shall never be able seamlessly to join knowledge and action.

Think You Know How To Read, Do You?

A new throng of authors wants to sve literature from our nefarious English departments and teach us how to read their way. Now, class, pay attention.

How To Bottle A Generation

Calvin Klein hopes to rejuvenate a fragrance embodying the essense of hip 20-somethings — even at the risk that such a notion is as outdated as a Prince song about partying like it's 1999.

Classical Music Ring Tones: Short And Sour

Every generation finds new and better ways to ruin things, and one of the best today is the classical ring tone.

How We Ended Up With The Great Wall Of Waterfront Blight

The great bypass route was actually conceived during the 1920s, well before there was any need for it.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007


Serving You Tonight Will Be Our Lawyer

American judges have apparently never punished even tough, mean and wrongheaded restaurant reviews.

When Cutting Up In Class Is Okay

Once the province of high school, dissections have moved into earlier grades, science teachers say. It's common for middle school students now to dissect animals, and some elementary classes do, too.

You Are Where You Eat

The weekly shopping run has become inextricably boundup with the modern shopper's identity. The choice is about money, certainly, but it's also about tribe. The store tells you who you are — and just as important — who you are not.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Tech & Science

Why Is A Minute Divided Into 60 Seconds, An Hour Into 60 Minutes, Yet There Are Only 24 Hours In A Day?

Thanks to the ancient civilizations that defined and preserved the division of time.


The New Disorder

Adventures in film narrative.

He Runs That Mickey Mouse Outfit

A Hollywood outsider whose independent shop popularized computer animation, Mr Lasseter might seem an odd fit for a studio built on old-school cartoons and the mythology of Snow White and Cinderella. But since Pixar was acquired, Mr. Lasseter has been heralded as a latter-day Walt Disney, a cultural arbiter who can rekindle the spirit of Disney's famous animation at its theme parks, on store shelves and in a theater near you.

Going Native In The Australia Outback

I have resolved to spend the next week looking for a meaningful experience of Australian aboriginal culture.


History Of A Disturbance

The Gaijin In The Teachers' Room In December

Freeman Rogers works as a reporter in the British Virgin Islands.

Monday, March 5, 2007


At Bauer Martinz Studios, Trial And Losts Of Error

Surviving Hollywood is harder than it looks. Just ask producer Philippe Martinez.

Sunday, March 4, 2007


Confessions Of A Book Abuser

While the ideas expressed in even the vilest of books are worthy of protection, I find it difficult to respect books as objects, and see no harm whatsoever in abusing them.

Darwin's God

Call it God; call it superstition — whatever you call it, there seems an inherent human drive to believe in something transcendent, unfathomable and otherworldly, something beyond the reach or understanding of science.

Campus Exposure

These days, when anyone can run a virtual media empire out of a dorm room, student-generated sex magazines, some with the imprimatur of university financing and faculty advisers, are becoming a fact of campus life.



Saturday, March 3, 2007

Tech & Science

Equations As Icons

Why is it that particular equations, formulas and expressions become icons.

A Prediction From String Theory, With Strings Attached

Mathematical trickery borrowed from string theory raises hopes of understanding the densest stuff in the universe.


Between Two Kitchen Stools

While the city of Brussels has one of the strongest reputations in Europe for traditional and very rich cuisine, food connoisseurs are concerned that a wider and more fanciful selection of establishments is endangering this.

Friday, March 2, 2007

Tech & Science

Fact Or Fiction?: Living People Outnumber The Dead

For this myth ever to be valid there would have to be more than 100 billion people living on Earth.


A Date With Destiny

The date — the almost numerically perfect 7/7/07 — is being sought after by couples around the country as the ideal day for a wedding.

The Fine Art Of Dying Well

Dying well is a matter of luck. Timing is everything.

My Search For The Perfect Apple

I know I've been listening to too much NPR because I started wondering: How much Middle Eastern oil did it take to get that California apple to me? Which farmer should I support — the one who rejected pesticides in Califronia or the one who was, in some romatnic sense, a neighbor? Most important, didn't the aple's taste suffer after the fruit crated and refrigerated and jostled for thousands of miles?

Whose Bed Is It Anyway?

In the fight over co-sleeping, the children seem to be winning.

Authors Find Their Voices, And Audience, In Podcasts

Writers sturggling to find a publisher are taking the high-tech, grass-roots approach.

Dead Heads

Why doctors are bad at mortality.


One Hundred Percent

Etgar Keret is the author of The Bus Driver Who Wanted To Be God & Other Stories and The Nimrod Flip-Out,. This story is from his new collection, Missing Kissinger, which will be published this month by Chatto & Windus. Translated from the Hebrew by Sondra Silverstone.

Thursday, March 1, 2007


Does Communism Work After All?

China is securing an ever-bigger share of the world market with the methods of a planned economy. Competitors and economists alike are astounded by the country's seemingly unstoppable march to becoming a global economic superpower. The development has left many wondering: Does communism work after all?

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