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February 29, 2008

Taking Over The Family Business

by Justin Davidson, New York Magazine

Born to two New York Philharmonic violinists, Alan Gilbert will soon pick up its baton. Which is good news, because it may take one of the orchestra's own to launch the revolution it needs.

February 12, 2008

Bye-Bye, And See You In March

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

Tomorrow, I will be starting my 2.5 weeks of reservist duties. So, updates to this website will be very infrequent and minimal. Regular updates will only resume on the 1st of March, when I finally resume my civilian life.

February 11, 2008

Putting Candidates Under The Videoscope

by Brian Stelter, New York Times

The embeds have changed the dynamic of this year's election, making every unplugged and unscripted moment on the campaign trail available for all to see.

February 10, 2008

The Road To Cordoba

by Stuart Dybek, Washington Post

He had love's number.

Ask For Pain

by Julie Ominger, Washington Post

On the eve of a wedding, her choice was revenge or redemption.

The Dictator's Ex-Wife Writes Him A Letter

by Julia Alvarez, Washington Post

She found the best cure of all for a broken heart.

Battle Mountain

by Walter Kim, Washington Post

After such a hard road, it was time for a detour.

Love Is Kryptonite

by Dean Hebert, Washington Post

Who wants to be a hero, anyway?

Finders, Keepers

by Drake Bennett, Boston Globe

As museums ship ancient treasures back to the countries where they were found, some are now saying: Enough.

Of Cars And Men

by Christina Boufis, San Francisco Chronicle

Some people can hear their inner wisdom in a whisper. Mine broadcasts information about my love life to me through cars.

'The Age Of American Unreason' By Susan Jacoby

by Art Winslow, Los Angeles Times

The lethal forces threatening our nation's cultural and political future.

The Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog: So Good It's Illegal

by Daniel Hernandez, LA Weekly

Jailed for selling L.A.'s famed "heart attack" dogs, licensed street vendors are fighting back.

February 8, 2008

The Impossible Art Of Deciphering Manuscripts

by Megan Marshall, Slate

Robert Frost is hardly the first to give editors trouble.

February 7, 2008

The Hollywood Musical Done Right

by Terry Teachout, Commentary

As film musicals declined in popularity, they became, predictably enough, a subject of academic study.

February 6, 2008

MyAppleMenu Reader Going On Hiatus

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

This website is going on hiatus for the rest of Feb. Updates will be minimal and irregular, as I celebrates Chinese New Year, followed by 2.5 weeks of reservist duties in the army. (No, I am not celebrating the latter.)

Regular updates will resume on 1 March 2008. See you then.

Judy Blume's Lessons In Love

by Melissa Whitworth, Telegraph

For an author who has been so matter-of-fact about life's most embarrassing subjects, Judy Blume is surprisingly sentimental. Her mould-breaking novels Deenie, Tiger Eyes, Blubber, Forever and Are You there God? It's Me, Margaret may have taught four decades of schoolgirls what they really needed to know about sex, masturbation, bras and menstruation, but she is anything but no-nonsense in person.

Whatever Happened To "One Person, One Vote"?

by Richard L. Hasen, Slate

Why the crazy caucus and primary rules are legal.

February 5, 2008

Losing My Hair

by Wesley McNair, Slate

Quantum Teleporting, Yes; The Rest Is Movie Magic

by Dennis Overbye, New York Times

In a battle waged with popcorn, floodlights, chalk and star power, science and art squared off at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology one night last month.

February 4, 2008

The Magic Kingdom

by Kathleen Graber, New Yorker

Free Radicals

by Alice Munro, New Yorker

The Man Who Loved Money

by Laura Miller, Salon

Witness the sentimental education of an Information Age Everyman — and his salvation — in Lydia Millet's beautiful new novel.

February 3, 2008

Return To Me

by Stacey Chase, Boston Globe

Last year's dramatic rescue of Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownby proved that missing children - even those gone for years - can be found. But it also serves as a grim reminder that many parents wait years, decades, lifetimes without ever learning the fate of daughters and sons who vanish.

A Language Too Beautiful To Lose

by David Treuer, Los Angeles Times

If the language dies, we will lose something personal, a degree of understanding that resides, for most fluent speakers, on some unconscious level.

A Fine Romance, My Friend, This Is

by A. O. Scott, New York Times

If it's February, you can be pretty sure that some pretty, plucky actress will be traipsing around some glamrous and photogenic American city (or its Canadian double) in search of hte dimple-chinned fellow who embodies her one true love.

February 2, 2008

Waiting For It

by Rachel Donadio, New York Times

Technology may be speeding up the news cycle, but in publishing, things actually seem to be slowing down.

Log On. Tune Out.

by John Lanchester, New York Times

Siegel's mission is to make his readers think about the negative effects of the internet — its destructive impact on our culture, on our polity and, perhaps most important, on our sense of ourselves.

Without Metaphor

by Katie Roiphe, New York Times

One can't say Susan Sontag died a particularly private death. She once declared she wouldn't tell her readers "what it is really like to emigrate to the kingdom of the ill and live there," but it seems other people were determined to do it for her. The latest glimpse we have of her sickbed is "Swimming in a Sea of Death," David Rieff's intelligent, disordered account of his mother's final illness.

A Path In The Darkness

by Maya Jaggi, Guardian

Francisco Goldman's first non-fiction book, set in the aftermath of Guatemala's war, may have influenced the recent elections. It also helped him overcome his own grief.

The First Comedy Strike

by Richard Zoglin, Time

Their conflicted roles in the current strike hark back to a less well remembered labor bttle of nearly three decades ago. Letterman and Leno were key figures in one of the strangest and bitterest labor-management disputes in show-business history: the Comedy Store strke of 1979.

The Death Of Suharto: Epitaph On A Crook And A Tyrant

by The Economist

Free to mourn or cheer, Indonesians have moved on since Suharto stepped down in 1998.

February 1, 2008

Poetry's Eternal Youths

by Shirley Dent, Guardian

It's not just that so man poets have been startlingly young, it's an art that always requires fresh eyes and ears.


by Eula Biss, The Believer

Fear, racism, and the historically troubling attitude of American pioneers.

A Handmade Home

by Joyce Wadler, New York Times

Any fool can hire an architect to draw up a plan for a house, but it takes a truly inspired fool — which is to say, an artist — to start building and see where the earth and driftwood and shards of broken pottery take him, and an equally impassioned fool — say, a woman in love — to go along and carry the rocks on her back.

The Stupid Bowl

by Joel Stein, Time

Gambling for men isn't about winning money but about boosting our self-esteem by proving that we're always right.

Those Fabulous Fabricators And Their Finish Fetish

by Paul Young, LA Weekly

At Carlson & Co., they do it with art.

By Heng-Cheong Leong