Overlooked in the culture wars, a new phenomenon has been emerging: domesticity without family, or with family lite. I’m thinking of my friends who have elaborate, Martha Stewart–like (though not Martha-inspired) domestic situations, either without husbands, or children, or both. You could call it housewifery by choice.
It used to be that women married Read More
When people in politics lie about sex, well, that seems fairly normal. But about Canada? (If you aren’t so into reading about Canada…stop reading now.)
And yet the American conservative activist Paul Weyrich seems to misled the Canadian press about an incident The Politicker got rolling with the publication of a leaked email from Read More
On Monday, Nov. 28, the government of Canada “fell” and Michael Ignatieff—the Harvard professor of human-rights policy, intellectual supporter of the war in Iraq and contributor of many thousands of words of copy to The New York Times Magazine—put the Canadians out of their misery. He promised to return home to save them.
After months Read More
On a recent cold and bleak Sunday afternoon—when by natural right I should have been curled up under a blanket at home—I instead found myself in the anxiety-provoking, brightly lit aisles of the Container Store on Sixth Avenue. It’s not that I can’t understand the allure of the store (though the cheery sign—“Life’s More Fun Read More
On a recent cold and bleak Sunday afternoon—when by natural right I should have been curled up under a blanket at home—I instead found myself in the anxiety-provoking, brightly lit aisles of the Container Store on Sixth Avenue. It’s not that I can’t understand the allure of the store (though the cheery sign—“ Life’s More Read More
One branch of the electronic-music family tree—though a solid limb, more than a decade old—has never been fitted with an acceptable name. Entranced by a mingling of dance-oriented rhythms and experimental, ambient impulses, listeners called it “intelligent dance music”—I.D.M. for short. But they always used the term sheepishly: It was snobby, and the tunes it Read More
Thank you, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, for making sure George W. Bush gets re-elected. I suppose, Judicial Court, there was nothing else you could do but make your ruling when you made it. Nevertheless, you have kicked the Democrats in the shins, and the resultant bruise is not going to go away any time soon. Read More
Call them Mr. and Mrs. Ground Zero: Daniel and Nina Libeskind, with their short gray hair, black ensembles, leather jackets and artsy glasses, are steeling themselves for what is perhaps New York’s hottest political crucible of the moment-the rebuilding effort at the World Trade Center.
The couple, who invite constant comparison to characters from Mike Read More
Patrice Leconte’s Girl on the Bridge , from a screenplay by Serge Frydman, is a darkly romantic film that takes many chances with its two lead performers, Vanessa Paradis as the suicidal Adele, weary of all the bad choices she has made in her life, and Daniel Auteuil as Gabor, a once-virtuoso knife-thrower who has Read More
The rumor spread like a computer virus: After months of being battered in the courts, Microsoft had come up with a solution to its Joel Klein problem. To escape the Justice Department’s clutches, the company would simply move to Canada.
The scenario was as nifty as it was improbable: The shining star of America’s corporate Read More