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June 30, 2007

Hong Kong Theme Park Outsmarts The Mouse

by David Pierson, Los Angeles Times

As Disneyland sputters, a revived Ocean Park is making a comeback as the local choice.

Acting Out

by Kathryn Harrison, New York Times

"House Lights" is a coming-of-age novel that casts a distinctly female eye on the form, not asking how far it's possible to travel from one's original self so much as considering the possibility that we may never really leave our child selves behind.

The Hong Kong Handover Hangover

by Daisann McLane, Slate

Ten years on, the natives are restless.

Iced Coffee? No Sweat

by Cindy Price, New York Times

Before I go telling everybody that the secret to great iced coffee is already in the kitchen, my friend Keller wants me to confess: I didn't know from iced coffee until he showed me the light.

June 29, 2007

Why Do Cats Hang Around Us? (Hint: They Can't Open Cans)

by David Brown, Washington Post

Your hunch is correct. Your cat decided to live with you, not the other way around. The sad truth is, it may not be a final decision.

Free Speech For The Rich And Powerful

by Garrett Epps, Salon

How the Roberts-led Supreme Court is setting the stage for bureaucrats to shape American culture from the top down.

Mommy Is Truly Dearest

by Stephanie Rosenbloom, New York Times

There have always been close-knit mother-daughter relationships. But socia, demographic and technological changes have made it more common for adult daughters to keep their mothers' apron strings tied tighter — and longer, say researchers who study the transition into young adulthood.

Rupert Murdoch Speaks

by Eric Pooley, Time

"They're taking five billion dollars out of me and want to keep control," Rupert Murdoch was saying into the phone, "in an industry in crisis! They can't sell their company and still control it — that's not how it works. I'm sorry!"

June 28, 2007

Meet The Neighbours: Is The Search For Aliens Such A Good Idea?

by David Whitehouse, Independent

We've been trying to make contact with aliens for years. Now the day is fast approaching when we might finally succeed. But will our extraterrestrial friends come in peace? Or will they want to eat us?

Telling A 'Fish' Story

by Alison Arnett, Boston Globe

An almost mystical intensity suffuses Trevor Corson's face as he takes a bite of madai (red sea bream) sushi. He closes his eyes to concentrate. Then he reaches for a curl of toro over vinegared rice. "It's like the cherry blosoms falling," he says, "so transient that you just want to capture that moment."

June 27, 2007

The Cheese Stands Alone

by Dana Milbank, Washington Post

Vice president Cheney's recent declaration that he is not part of the executive branch has prompted hard questions. THe explanatory task fell to White House spokeswoman Dana Perino, whose skin reddened around her neck and collar as she pleaded ignorance during the daily briefing.

If I Worked At The Zoo

by Ben Dolnick, New York Times

When i took a job as a zoo keeper one summer in college, I imagined it as a position of considerable, if perculiar, glory.

Darwin Still Rules, But Some Biologists Dream Of A Paradigm Shift

by Douglas H. Erwin, New York Times

Is Darwin due for an upgrade? THere are growing calls among some evolutionary biologists for just such a revision, although they differ about what form this might take. But those calls could also be exaggerated. There is nothing scientists enjoy more than the prospect of a good paradigm shift.


by Eric Lichtenfeld, Slate

The greatest one-liner in movie histry.

June 26, 2007

Billionaire Thinks In Trillions For His Computer Designs

by John Markoff, New York Times

Defenders Of Secrets, Unite!

by Motoko Rich, New York Times

While fans take endless delight in spinning their own theories, bringing Talmudic fervor to the analysis of clues dropped throughout the previous books and in interviews with Ms Rowling, they tend to oppose spoilers violently.


by Peter Campion, Slate

Humans Have Spread Globally, And Evolved Locally

by Nicholas Wade, New York Times

Historians often assume that they need pay no attention to human evolution because the process ground to a halt in the distant past. That assumption is looking less and less secure in light of new findings based on decoding human DNA.


by James Longenbach, New Yorker

Like A Prisoner Of Soft Words

by C. D. Wright, New Yorker

The Mahogany Elephant

by Maxim Biller, New Yorker

Drama King

by Benji Wilson, Telegraph

Having broken new ground with 'The West Wing', Aaron Sorkin cemented his reputation with a show that savaged American TV. Then American TV hits back...

The Pixar Predicament

by Mark Feeney, Boston Globe

How does an animation studio remain the picture of success?

It's Curtains For The Critics

by AA Gill, The Times

Where once we had the wit of Tynan and Levin, today's theatre critics are a joyless, detached bunch. And it's not only their readers who get a raw deal — culture is suffering too.

June 25, 2007

What Is It About The Cooking Of Women Chefs That Makes It More Memorable, More Comforting Than That Of Men?

by Mike Weiss, San Francisco Chronicle

Why did I prefer women's cooking? The question was a persistent in its way as the sense memory of biting through the crunchy, piquant buttermilk-and-flour coating and experiencing the briney creaminess of the Hama Hama oysters heated up with a spark of fresh cayenne.

The Coolest Cruciverbalist

by Billy Baker, Boston Globe

I remember my first time with a clarity that makes my fingers twitch. I was barely a teenager, 13, maybe only 12. Today, the whole affair seems slightly hilarious: the mad struggle to fit the proper parts in the appropriate places, the false starts, the naked anxiety. Forget ecstasy. This was painful and humiliating, and it took forever to finish. But when the deed was done, I couldn't wait to do it again. I'm talking, of course, about my first crack at the crossword.

June 24, 2007

13Th Century Text Hides Words Of Archimedes

by Jia-Rui Chong, Los Angeles Times

The pages of a medieval prayer text also contain words of ancient Greek engineer Archimedes. It takes high-tech imaging to read between the lines.

The Long Con

by Emily Nussbaum, New York Magazine

The Sopranos creator David Chase turned us all into Tony's srink, then duped us into believing he could be saved. It took us eight seasons to figure out we'd been had.

A Long Line For A Shorter Wait At The Supermarket

by Michael Barbaro, New York Times

The science of keeping lines moving, known as queue management, is a big deal to big business.

June 23, 2007

The Baby-Name Business

by Alexandra Alter, Wall Street Journal

Parents are feeling intense pressure to pick names that set their kids apart. Some are even hiring consultants.

In The Name Of The Father

by Richard Harries, The Guardian

It is dangerously wrong to lay the blame for the world's evils at the feet of organised religion as Christopher Hitchens does in God Is Not Great.

June 17, 2007

MyAppleMenu Reader Goes Dark

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

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June 16, 2007

Hidden Tokyo

by Julia Chaplin, New York Times

Such hidden nightspots have become all the rage among a certain Tokyo set — weaned on anime and text messaging — that has graduated from dancing under the strobe lights at big western-style nightclubs.

A Sleek, Power-Seeking Machine

by Barbara Ehrenreich, The Guardian

The question of who Hiliary is seems almost too anthropomorphic.

June 15, 2007

Eating Beyond Sichuan

by Nina Zagat and Tim Zagat, New York Times

When authentic Chinese cuisines reach our shores, we can expect a revolution in ingredients and styles that will change the way we prepare food for years to come.

Bush's Blank Check

by Robert Dreyfuss, Salon

Do we really need to spend more than a trillion dollars a year to defeat small groups of terrorist fanatics?

June 14, 2007

Harry Potter And A Nightmare For The High Street Bookshops

by Danuta Keane, Independent

J K Rowling's finale is a big loser for the little stores.

Fat, Glorious Fat, Moves To The Center Of The Plate

by Frank Bruni, New York Times

These are times of bold temptation, as well as prompt surrender, for a carnivorous glutton in New York.

June 13, 2007

The Scorn Of The Literary Blog

by Adam Kirsch, New York Sun

In one sense, the democratization fo discourse about books is a good thing, and should lead to a widening of our intellectual horizons. But book bloggers have alos brought another, less salutary influence to bear on literary culture: a powerful resentment.

For Father's Day, Food For Thought

by John Burgess, Boston Globe

When it comes to eating, I have one good child and one bad child. Oh gosh; that sounds like abeling, doesn't it? "Bad," I hasten to tell you, actually stands for "battling appetite deficiency" (ceding that phony acronym was the only way daughter A would permit me to quote her for this story. And no, she's not anorexic; that's nothing I would joke about).

Living A Lie On Campus

by Richard C. Paddock, Los Angeles Times

They go to class, stay in dorms, fool their new friends. But why? They can't graduate because they're not enrolled. They are imposters.

I Love L.A.

by Garrison Keillor, Salon

Everyone knows the comedy version of Los Angeles. Imagine my surprise when I found myself speaking up for the despised city.

June 12, 2007

A Publishing Quandary: Do Excerpts Help Sales?

by Joanne Kaufman, New York Times

Although excerpts from high-profile books routinely appear in national magazines, some publishers have been having second thoughts about the strategy.

Soulless Food

by Regina Schrambling, Slate

Why is what's served at weddings so wretched?

I've Been Working On The Railroad

by Jeffrey Skinner, Slate

Weeding Out The Innocents

by Samuel R. Gross, Los Angeles Times

Just because a vast majority of prisoners were rightly convicted doesn't mean we shouldn't look for those who weren't.

She Calls It 'Phenomena.' Everyone Else Calls It Art

by Cornelia Dean, New York Times

The science photographs of Felice Frankel turn phenomena like water repellance, nanotechnology and magentism into art.

Sleek, Fast And Focused: The Cells That Make Dad Dad

by Natalie Angier, New York Times

As the scientists who study male germ cells will readily attest, sperm are some of the most extraordinary cells of the body, a triumph of efficient packaging, sleek design and superspecialization.

I'm Happiest Dressed In My Birthday Suit

by Robert Denker, Newsweek

The world would be a better place if we could all tkae off our clothes and look each other in the eye.

June 11, 2007

For The Love Of Soap

by Scott Adams, Dilbert Blog

Ah, those were the days.

Diet Hard! Ageing Action Heroes Turn Back The Clock

by Kevin Maher, The Times

They're back! They're toting guns, they're kicking ass, and they're old enough to draw a pension!

Chinese Mirrors

by RIck Perlstein, The Nation

China has become rather like Israel: No matter the party, no matter the leader, certain de rigueur formulas must be uttered.

Dinner At 70 MPH

by Preston Lerner, Los Angeles Times

Remember when cup holders were just for your soda?

Get With The Program

by Rachel Donadio, New York Times

Today, most novelists don't venture beyond the word processor — and many still write longhand. But others are finding that sophisticated software is invaluable to the literary enterprise.

Better To Be Hamlet Than President George

by Peter Birkenhead, Salon

Doubt is a virtue, JFK told students 45 years ago. Without it we have the tragic bluster and empty optimism of political culture today.

The Dance Of The Final Bow

by Alastair Macaulay, New York Times

A ballerina represents beauty; is an exalted ideal; exerts authority over the world onstage and her audience; holds the key to the meaning of each ballet. That's quite a list of virtues.

June 10, 2007

New York: Yours, Mine And Theirs

by Michael Powell, New York Times

We are reminded again of the strange ambivalence that comes with being a New Yorker in a post-9/11 world.

An Outsider's Camera Provides A Ticket Into A Secret World

by Howard W. French, New York Times

I can still perfectly recall those moments, a handful of times late in my first year here in Shanghai, when the late afternoon light was at its limpid best and the very special beauty of this city seemed distilled for me in all its clarity.

June 9, 2007

Brave Old World

by William Saletan, Slate

What dad didn't tell you about the birds and bees.

Land Of Plenty

by George F. Will, New York Times

Ever since mass affluence, a phenomenon without precedent in the human story, exploded upon postwar America, social and political theorists have wondered, and worried, about the moral and even the spirital consequences of material conditions. Putting scarcity behind us has been pleasant, but has it been good for us — meaning good for our souls?

June 8, 2007

Built For Stargazing

by Maria Finn, New York Times

In an astronomy village, a hush falls at night as the sky turns dark and the stars appear. Roofs roll back and telescopes aim for the heavens. All the neighbors are stargazing, and nobody turns on the lights.

Whence The !@#$?

by Michelle Tsai, Slate

How a dirty word gets that way.

June 7, 2007

My Book Deal Ruined My Life

by Gillian Reagan, New York Observer

Taxes, weight gain, depression, loneliness — book advances are like lottery payoffs.

For Dinner Out, The Best Sushi Begins With The Experience

by Leigh Lambert, Washington Post

In his new book, Trevor Corson shares the secrets of the best sushi and dispels popular sushi myths.

Lost Cat, Lost Heart

by Steve Hendrix, Washington Post

This is not a tale of a crazy cat lady. ("I may be a crazy cat lady one day, but I'm not one yet," she said.) It's the story of a successful career woman with many interests who, admittedly, takes her responsibility as a pet owner further than most.

A lot further.

The Expanding Meatball Universe, From Mama's Table To Esca

by Matt Lee and Ted Lee, New York Times

If you've ever suspected that meatballs were a dead end for a restaurant's leftovers, you no longer have reason to fear.

June 6, 2007

Remembering Auden

by Alan Jacobs, Books & Culture

And learning how to make sense of his renunciations.

Fateful Voice Of A Generation Still Drowns Out Real Science

by John Tierney, New York Times

If students are going to read "Silent Spring" in science classes, I wish it were paired with another work from the same year, 1962, titled "Chemicals and Pests."

June 5, 2007

Breaking Free Of Suburbia's Stranglehold

by Annie Gowen, Washington Post

Families simplify lifestyles in quest for meaning that constant hustle obscured.

The Tortured Lives Of Interrogators

by Laura Blumenfeld, Washington Post

The world of the interrogator is largely closed. But three interrogators allowed a rare peek into their lives — an American rookie who served witht he 202nd military intelligence battalion adn two veteran interrogators from Britain and Israel. The veterans, whose wartime experiences stretch back decades, are more practiced at finding moral balance. They use denial, humor, indignation. Even so, these older men grapple with their own fears — and with a clash of values.

The Universe, Expanding Beyond All Understanding

by Dennis Overbye, New York Times

Our successors, whoever and wherever they are, may have no way of finding out about the Big Bang and the expanding universe, according to one of the more depressing scientific papers I have ever read.

The Lady Vanishes: Two Biographices Search For The Real Hillary Clinton

by Elizabeth Kolbert, New Yorker

There are two kinds of books about Clinton. The first tries to prove that she's really much worse than you think she is, the second that she's really no worse than you think she is.

The Bowerbirds

by Dana Goodyear, New Yorker

Sweetheart Sorrow

by David Hoon Kim, New Yorker

June 4, 2007

The Steakhouse Index

by Daniel Gross, Slate

Their stocks are down. Should we worry about the rest of the economy?

A Man Of The Street

by David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times

Rick Caruso got us walking and communing at the Grove. Why has his Disney-esque vision proven so successful?

Driven To Extremes

by Michael Leahy, Washington Post

For their commutes of up to four hours a day, the Hierses of West Virginia and Marc Turner of Charlottesville enjoy cheaper housing and better pay. But at what price?

June 3, 2007

Sex, With Consequences

by Randy Kennedy, New York Times

Lately, it seems that a slight virginal breeze has been blowing through the worlds of publishing, theater and Hollywood.

Escape From Real Bitch Island

by Eli Sanders, The Stranger

Nineteen and gay, too effeminate to hide, and persecuted by haters in his small town. Chris Crocker turned to the web to vent. Now he's a huge YouTube celebrity. Is the internet Chris Crocker's ticket out?

No Time For The Dying

by Jason Cherkis, Washington City Paper

Inmate Robert Hawkins wanted his life to end at home. In D.C., that wasn't an option.

June 2, 2007

Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451 Misinterpreted

by Amy E. Boyle Johnston, LA Weekly

L.A.'s august Pulitzer honoree says it was never about censorship.

Summer Bummer

by Joe Queenan, New York Times

Forty years after being pistol-whipped by Thomas Hardy, I am amazed that the summer reading list continues to exist.

Other People's Porn

by Josh Levin, Slate

Watching my neighbors watch on-demand television.

June 1, 2007

Taking Time In Hand

by Annie Groer, Washington Post

6:30 shower 6:55 dressed 7:30 children's breakfast.

The Corporate Takeover Of U.S. Intelligence

by Tim Shorrock, Salon

The U.S. government now outsources a vast portion of its spying operations to private firms — with zero public accountability.

Time Wasted? Perhaps It's Well Spent

by Lisa Belkin, New York Times

A crotchety boss might say that we're working longer because we're wasting time, but the opposite may also be true. We are wasting time because we are working harder.

By Heng-Cheong Leong