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July 31, 2007

Bill Clinton In '08!

by Brian E. Gray, Los Angeles Times

For vice president that is. Would the Constitution allow the former president or Arnold to run for No. 2?

Later In Life

by Jorie Graham, New Yorker

There Is No Time, She Writes

by D. Nurkse, New Yorker

So It Is In Life

by Daniil Kharms, New Yorker

War Work (Brooklyn. 1944-45)

by Barry Goldensohn, Slate

Who's Minding The Mind?

by Benedict Carey, New York Times

The new studies reveal a subconscious brain that is far more active, purposeful and independent than previously known.

July 30, 2007

I Click, Therefore I Amazon

by Stephen Hunter, Washington Post

The man who shopped too much: A customer review.

July 29, 2007

Adam In Wonderland

by Rachel Cooke, The Guardian

After five years in Paris, New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik returns to the Big Apple with Through the Children's Gate and falls in love all over again.

Anatomy Of An Order

by Michael Blanding, Boston Globe

The service of one meal, from cocktail to digestif, is an event that's both chaotic and highly synchronized.

Cleavage & The Clinton Campaign Chest

by Howard Kurtz, Washington Post

A journalistic assessment of Hillary Clinton's cleavage became the most improbable presidnetial campaign controversy yet.

July 28, 2007

'Izzy? ... Bring Your Daughter Here'

by David Finkel, Washington Post

U.S. officer, wanting to save interpreter's wounded child, faces a snag.

My Mother, Myself

by Rivka Galchen, New York Times

With each passing year, my mother's undiminished power over me felt, I think for both of us, increasingly humiliating.

July 27, 2007

China's Me Generation

by Simon Elegant, Time

There are roughly 300 million adults in China under age 30, a demographic cohort that serves as a bridge between the closed, xenophobic China of the Mao years and the globalized economic powerhouse that it is becoming.

Married Man Seeks Same For Discreet Play

by David Amsden, New York Magazine

He has a loving wife, a small child—and sex with men on the side. How the internet has made it easier than ever to lead a detection-proof double life.

Matt Groening: Life Is Swell

by Dave Shulman, LA Weekly

The possible Nobel laureate on his dreams, his alt-weekly past and, oh yeah, The Simpsons Movie.

July 26, 2007

The Submerged Cathedral

by Carol Rumens, Poetry London


by Grant Tracey, The Pedestal Magazine

Comparative Shopping

by Theodora Brack, 3:AM Magazine

HBO: It's Not TV, It's A Fancier Lifetime Movie Network

by Steve Hyden, A.V. Club

Based on the hoity-toity "It's Not TV" image HBO likes to promote for itself, shouldn't I expect more as a subscriber?

July 25, 2007

Confucius Making A Comeback In Money-Driven Modern China

by Maureen Fan, Washington Post

Confucianism is enjoying a resurgence in China, as more and more Chinese seek ways to adapt to a culture in which corruption has spread and mateialism has becoming a driving value.

Green Couch

by Edward Hirsch, Slate

Element It Has

by Glyn Maxwell, New Yorker

Four Poems

by Vera Pavlova, New Yorker


by A. L. Kennedy, New Yorker

July 24, 2007

Did McDonald's Give In To Temptation?

by Andrew Martin, New York Times

Hugo-size me? Not a bad name for a sequel.

As American As You Are

by Mohja Kahf, Washington Post

Does wearing a veil make you less American than wearing a yarmulke or a Mennonite bonnet?

At Fermilab, The Race Is On For The 'God Particle'

by Dennis Overbye, New York Times

The history of physics is full of bumps that could have been revolutionary but have disappeared like ghosts in the night.

Let Us Now Praise Editors

by Gary Kamiya, Salon

They may be invisible and their art unsung. But in the age of blogging, editors are needed more than ever.

Just What The Founders Feared: An Imperial President Goes To War

by Adam Cohen, New York Times

In the looming showdown, the founders and the Constitution are firmly on Congress's side.

July 23, 2007

The World Without Us

by Gary Kamiya, Salon

What would the earth look like if humans suddenly disappeared? An audacious new book imagines a people-free planet, and restores our sense of awe.

July 22, 2007

Hallows Be Thy Name

by Neil Hallows, BBC News

The title of JK Rowling's final boy wizard book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, has long been a source of excited debate among fans. What exactly are hallows?

Their War

by Kristin Henderson, Washington Post

Less than 1 percent of the U.S. population serves in our military. In a time of war, what should that mean to the rest of us?

Abolitionists, Then And Now

by Colbert I. King, Washington Post

Washington D.C., is one of those places where the sweep of centuries can be compressed into a single day. Wednesday provided an example.

Orthodox Paradox

by Noah Feldman, New York Times

The 12 years I spent at a yeshiva day school made me who I am. Now the school doesn't acknowledge who I've become. A reflection on religion, identity and belonging.

July 21, 2007

Linguistic Follies

by The Economist

The economic consequences of the rise of English.

What's So Friggin' Funny?

by Steven Johnson, Discover

Nothing—laughter is simply how we connect.

Dead Flowers

by Sven Birkerts, New York Times

How you respond to this extended account of bitter frustration and longing very much depends on whether you can will yourself to invest in an essentially disembodied presence.

July 20, 2007

The Nanny-State Diaries

by Stephen Moore, Wall Street Journal

Drinking, smoking, shooting and sticking it to bureaucrats.

July 19, 2007

Settling Down In A City In Motion

by Emily Prager, New York Times

I left Manhattan a year ago, after a lifetime there. I was annoyed at spending $20 for a hamburger, depressed by designer boutiques on Bleecker Street, weary of the hovering spector of Al Qaeda, and still grieving over the demise of the Thalia. I was getting old waiting for the real estate bubble to burst and the city to regain its vibrancy. I decided to move myself and my 12-year-old daughter, Lulu — whom I had adopted as a baby in China — from the old capital of the world to the new: to make a home in Shanghai, a city of the future.

Farewell, Comma, He Said

by Robert J Samuelson, Washington Post

I have always liked commas, but I seem to be in a shrinking minority.

July 18, 2007

Quebec And Vermont Towns Bond Over A Sleepy Border

by Ian Austen, New York Times

Once a symbol of cross-border friendship, Lee Street has become a source of anxiety for security officials in both the United States and Canada who have stepped up border security since Sept. 11, 2001. But a proposal by a joint border task force to block Lee and two other unguarded streets that cross between Stanstead, Quebec, and Derby Line, Vt., has, if anything, united the towns.

Just The Thing To Carry Your Conscience In

by Marian Burros, New York Times

If you are reading this anytime after dawn on Wendesday, you are probably too late to make a fashion statement and simultaneously keep the world safe from plastic bags.

Bureau Of Missing Persons

by James Reiss, Slate

You Are Now Free To Pollute About The Country

by Katharine Mieszkowski, Salon

Air travel is the latest guilt trip for the environmentally conscious consumer. Here's how flying contributes to global warming and what is being done to cool the jets.

July 17, 2007

No Mercry, Please, They're English

by Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

The British critic A.A. Gill loves the English language but detests the English people.

The Real Media Divide

by Markus Prior, Washington Post

Decades into the "information age," the public is as uninformed as before the rise of cable television and the internet.

Lake Water

by David Ferry, New Yorker


by Antonya Nelson, New Yorker

Back From The Dead

by Jerry Adler, Newsweek

Doctors are reinventing how they treat sudden cardiac arrest, which is fatal 95 percent of the time. A report from the border between life and death.

July 16, 2007

It's Not Easy Being A Reference

by Jeannie Marie Laskas, Washington Post

If you don't have something nice to say...

Leave Those Kids Alone

by Christopher Shea, Boston Globe

The idea that adults should be playing with their kids is a modern invention — and not necessarily a good one.

Sushi For Two

by Trevor Corson, New York Times

What we need is a renaissance in American sushi; to discover for ourselves — and perhaps to remind the Japanese — what sushi is all about. A trip to the neighborhood sushi bar should be a social exchange that celebrate, with a sense of balance and moderation, the wondrous variety of the sea.

What's In A Book? Take A Whiff

by Patrick T. Reardon, Chiacgo Tribune

As a book reader (and as someone who enjoys the physical object that is a book), I've come to identify this particular smell as being intricately connected with the beauty and wonder that great art books and artfully produced books can provide.

July 14, 2007

The Gastronomical We

by Roy Blount Jr., New York Times

From Thomas Jefferson to M. F. K. Fisher to Dvaid Sedaris, Americans have long been passionate about food.

July 13, 2007

Punctuation Is No Place For Zero Tolerance

by David Crystal, The Guardian

Lynne Truss and others demand a rigidly standard English, but our language has fewer unbreakable rules than they want.

Only Pinter Remains

by Terry Eagleton, Guardian

British literature's long and rich tradition of politically engaged writes has come to an end.

Getting Patrick Pregnant

by Jen Graves, The Stranger

Scientists say it could be done. And my better half is the perfect candidate. All I have to do is convince him.

Getting Away By Pressing The 'Up' Button

by Robert Sharoff, New York Times

Of the course, the whole idea of having a second home is to get away from it all. For most people, that involves a plane or car trip to some unspoiled corner of nature.

Others, however, jsut take the elevator.

$600-A-Pound Coffee

by Paul Watson, Los Angeles Times

Indonesia's kopi luwak is a rare delicacy of peculiar provenance — beans plucked from the droppings of wild civets.

July 12, 2007

Composing Murdoch's Disclosure

by Jack Shafer, Slate

It's almost as long as the Manhattan telephone book.

Swarm Behavior

by Peter Miller, National Geographic Magazine

A single ant or bee isn't smart, but their colonies are. The study of swarm intelligence is providing insights that can help humans manage complex systems, from truck routing to military robots.

Cooking For One? My Compliments To The Chef

by Kathryn Banakis, Washington Post

Cooking for one is its own luxury: of experimentation, of self-expression an dof popcorn for dinner, if that's what you feel like.

The Bliss We Can't Buy

by Robert J. Samuelson, Washington Post

The popularity of happiness research suggest that economists and other social scientists think they can devise public policies to elevate the nation's feel-good quotient. This is an illusion.

Window Of Possibility

by Anthony Doerr, Orion

Why the Hubble Ultra Deep Field is the most incredible photograph ever taken.

The World's Best Candy Bars? English, Of Course

by Kim Severson, New York Times

For the rarefield palate that can appreciate the soft, immediate pleasure of an inexpensive candy bar, it's not difficult to give the edge to sweets from the realm of the queen.

July 11, 2007

Mom Puts Family On Her Meal Plan

by Leslie Kaufman, New York Times

The key to long-term success is not so much the food but the pacing and organization of the meals.

Potter Has Limited Effect On Reading Habits

by Motoko Rich, New York Times

In keeping with the intricately plotted novels themselves, the truth about Harry Potter and reading is not quite so straightforward a success story.

When Food Is Danger

by Sally Squires, Washington Post

For the estimated 12 million Americans with food allergies, eating can be quite an adventure.

July 10, 2007

I Consider My Mother's Mind

by Lisa Russ Spaar, Slate

Walk Tis Way

by Robert V. Camuto, Washington Post

On an ancient pilgrim route in france, hikers and the faithful cross paths.

A Trip Back In Time And Space

by George Johnson, New York Times

The Harvard Observatory holds more than half a million images constituting humanity's only record of a century's worth of sky.

No Apologies, Katie Couric!

by Rebecca Traister, Salon

As the ratings for her evening news broadcast continue to drop, why is Couric trading her controlled public persona for embarrassed confessions?

Simpson Family Values

by John Ortved, Vanity Fair

A cartoon family whacked America's funny bone in 1989, eventually becoming the longest-running TV comedy ever. As The Simpsons jumps to the big screen this month, not everyone involved—including the writers,t he voices, and Rupert Murdoch—agrees on what has made in a pop phenomenon.

July 9, 2007

Katie Roiphe's Morning After

by Rebecca Traister, Salon

With raves for her book dissecting modernist marriages and a hot new journalism job at NYU, has feminism's enfant terrible finally grown up?

The Boy On The Bus

by Joel Achenbach, Washington Post

Growing up in 1970s Florida, I was a small cog in America's Grand Integration Project. We thought it worked. Did it?

Tough Commute On A Train Not Meant For People

by Sharon LaFraniere, New York Times

One might ask why any sane person would ride 419 miles through the Sahara in a railroad hopper, scorched by a blazing sun, surrounded by goats, fated to pass 17 hours watching desperate companions relieve themselves over the side of the car.

For one, it is free. And two, it is virtually the only way to get to Zouerate.

July 8, 2007

A Hipper Crowd Of Shushers

by Kara Jessella, New York Times

With so much of the job involving technology and with a focus now on finding and sharing information beyond just what is available in books, a new type of librarian is emerging — the kind that, according to the web site Librarian Avengers, is "looking to put the 'hep cat' in cataloguing."

Tinkering With Humans

by William Saletan, New York Times

Why should we accept our lot as a gift? Because the loss of usch reverence would change our moral landscape.

July 7, 2007

Into The Woods

by Chris Weeg, The Stranger

There will be more lost hikers, more searches, and more deaths on Washington State's storm-damaged hiking trails this summer. So what goes through a person's mind when a walk in the woods turns into a near-death experience?

Just Beneath The Surface

by Akiko Busch, New York Times

It seems clear now, in that way that the unexpected can sometimes take hold of intent, thwarting and subverting it, that following the path of the river is as important as crossing it. A river can connect every bit as effectively as it divides.

Even God Quotes Tocqueville

by Christopher Caldwell, New York Times

Tocqueville was an unlikely student of democracy, and an even less likely voyager to the American wilderness.

Jazz Messenger

by Haruki Murakami, New York Times

When I turned 29, all of a sudden out of nowhere I got this feeling that I wanted to write a novel — that I could do it.

July 6, 2007

The Challenge Of Positive Freedom

by Francis Fukuyama, NPQ

The late Isaiah Berlin famously made the distinction between "negative" and "positive" freedom—the first being "freedom from" tyranny and interference and the second being "freedom to" do what one will in his or her zone of non-interference; the freedom of self-realization.

July 5, 2007

Rare Books. Rare Brothers. Rare Chance To Profit. Closed.

by Edward Wyatt, New York Times

For weeks people have been coming into the Heritage Book Shop in tears, aaddened by the seemingly sudden decision of Louis and Benjamin Weinstein to close their antiquarian book business after 44 years, selling off their voluminous inventory and leaving this city — if not the country — beeft ofyet another literary landmark.

But no tears are being shed by the Weinstein brothers themselves.

Grow Up? Make Me!

by Linton Weeks, Washington Post

From cupcakes to kickball, adults are clinging to childish things.

Return From Vacation. If You Dare.

by Joyce Wadler, New York Times

Is there anything more terrifying to a property owner than stories of housesitter trust betrayed? And yet, when grown-ups gather round the Weber Summit Gold grill in the prime housesitting months of summer, such stories are seldom shared.

The Best Chip? The First One Out Of The Bag

by Kim Severson, New York Times

Why would a man with miles of oceanshoreline to explore spend part of his vacation studying potato chips? His answer was as simple as the magical combination of potato, hot fat and salt. "I love chips," he said.

Eating A Path Through Venice, With 1,001 Tastes Of The Sea

by Mark Bittman, Internationa Herald Tribune

It seems it's necessary to visit Venice every few years to reaffirm that a couple of things haven't changed. One, the world's favorite city hasn't yet sunk into the sea, and two, the food isn't nearly as bad as most "experts" report.

July 4, 2007

Why Not Here?

by Eugene Robinson, Washington Post

The United States, for all its faults, is still the most inclusive society on Earth. Our nation has a way of making outsiders into participants, a way of convincing people that they are protagonists, not just pawns. The United States can fall short of its promises, but it has a genius for manufacturing possibility.

I Have Been Given A Baseball...

by Alan Michael Parker, Slate

The Fine Art Of Lying

by Garrison Keillor, Salon

When you're spinning a story you have to know when to make your exit. One little detail can throw the whole thing off.

True Or False: The Major Religions Are Essentially Alike

by Stephen Prothero, Newsweek

Coming at the problem of religion from the angle of difference rather than similarity is scary. But the world is what it is. And both tolerance and respect are empty virtues until we actually understand whatever it is we are supposed to be tolerating or respecting.


by Jean Sprackland, New Yorker

Sunday Morning Walk

by Clive James, New Yorker

If I Vanished

by Stuart Dybek, New Yorker

A Summer Camp Where Fireworks Are The Point

by John Schwartz, New York Times

There aren't many wholesome explosions in the news these day, but those are what Summer Explosives Camp provides.

Message In A Bottle

by Charles Fishman, Fast Company

Americans spent more money last year on bottled water than on iPods or movie tickets: $15 billion. A journey into the economics—and psychology—of an unlikely business boom. And what it says about our culture of indulgence.

The Newspaper Of The Future

by Jack Shafer, Slate

If we're lucky, it will look something like the newspaper of the past.

July 3, 2007

McDonald's Takes Paris

by Jacob Gershman, New York Sun

In this land of haute cuisine where American tourists are customarily greeted with Gallic scorn, the world's largest fast food company is more popular than ever.

The Books Of Albion By Pete Doherty

by John Crace, The Guardian

There is no narrative. Just an itinerary. Does thi smean something? Who cares? Not me. I've been given eough cash to get trashed for the next six months just for digging out some scraps of stoned ramblings, so I'm sorted.

I'm so deep.

Even when I'm asleep.

The Founding Immigrants

by Kenneth C. Davis, New York Times

Disdain for what is foreign is, sad to say, as American as apple pie, slavery and lynching.

Ambiance Of Metro Might Take Sharp Turn

by Lena H. Sun, Washington Post

Metro's new general manager wants to get rid of the carpet in trains, brighten the lighting in stations and increase advertising in stations, trains and buses.

In many places, such mundane changes would be met with a shrug.

But this is the Washington area Metro, which has long prided itself on a dignified ambiance that is supposed to make it better than the average commuter system.

Largely Alone, Pioneers Reclaim New Orleans

by Adam Nossiter, New York Times

The sound of hammers and saw. New green grass. A few freshly painted facades. Birdsong piping from a young tree.

This is the Gentilly neithborhood today, once a backbone of New Orleans and all but given up for dead less than a year ago after flooding from Hurricane Katrina turned it brown and gray and silent in 2005.

July 2, 2007

Fated To Be Friends

by Steve Hendrix, Washington Post

One defied orders to leave the other behind to die; Decades later, the rescuer saw his patient in traffic: 2 chance encounters sparked a lifelong 2-member fraternity.

Tackling Le Tour

by Claire Heald, BBC News

The Tour de France is the summit of achievement for any professional cyclist, but how far can an amateur with a fold-up bike get on the course?

No Vice

by Sanford Levinson, Boston Globe

There's a lot of talk — and wishful thinking — about removing Dick Cheney from office. But Cheney isn't the real problem. The vice presidency itself, enshrined in the Constitution, is the problem. The country would be better without it.

Root Beer Roots

by Michael Rosenwald, Washington Post

The soft-drink stand that gave birth to a hotel empire is long gone. But the Marriotts still cling to the values it represents, even in a business climate where hip trumps wholesome.

The Final Days

by Benjamin Anastas, New York Times

A growing community of amateur scholars believe that the world as we know it will come to an end in 2012, as prophesied by the ancient Maya. Is the New Age apocalypse coming round at last?

July 1, 2007

A Challenge To Gene Theory, A Tougher Look At Biotech

by Denise Caruso, New York Times

The $73.5 billion global biotech buisiness may soon have to grapple with a discovery that calls into question the scientific principles on which it was founded.

By Heng-Cheong Leong