Harvard president Lawrence H. Summers’ controversial view that “innate” gender differences may mean too few female scientists and engineers in the U.S. obscures a larger problem: too few American scientists or engineers of any gender. Our lead in technology could vanish, given that so few Americans study engineering, math and science on our campuses-beyond the Read More
An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World, by Pankaj Mishra. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 422 pages, $25.
A teenage boy in the West might keep some soft porn under his mattress. Life was different for the young Pankaj Mishra. “For years, I had felt a small thrill at the sight of the Read More
You’d never guess this used to be a Jewish delicatessen serving pastrami sandwiches, lox and bagels. Now, the walls are covered with gold-on-red gauze curtains and inset with antique palace doors brought over from India. Blue, red, green and white lanterns made from etched colored glass hang like jewels from the ceiling, which is two Read More
The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture. Phaidon Press, 824 pages, $160.
The joke about Phaidon’s new Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture is that, at 809 pages and 16 pounds, it’s less a coffee-table book than a coffee table. But every ounce is justified, as Phaidon’s editors have assembled a beautiful, thorough overview of Read More
Sunnyside, Queens, may be as remote as Tibet for the average Manhattanite, but for Tibetan exile Yungchen Lhamo, it’s the cozy center of life. For a woman born under the brutal, and ongoing, Chinese occupation of Tibet, Sunnyside offers security, economic prosperity and religious freedom-not to mention international acclaim for her singing. It was a Read More
Five cute, smart, straight guys who like a good dinner party? All living in one place?
Welcome to “Iron Chef II,” a cook-off held on a recent evening in a brick two-story Carroll Gardens house whose occupants are the aforementioned five- some. Modeled on the cult Japanese TV show, in which two world-class chefs no Read More
No rubber gloves are manufactured in the United States any more. The last factory making them, in Massillon, Ohio, closed a couple of years ago and moved production to Malaysia and India. Two hundred American workers were out on the street, which no doubt posed a bit of a problem for them, if not for Read More
Recent news reports should give a small measure of satisfaction to the hundreds of thousands, or possibly millions, bilked by Wall Street stock analysts. Those are the men and women who corruptly enticed people to put their money into wormy, worthless securities being peddled by the analysts’ employers. Stock-analyst jobs, like the bib-overall jobs from Read More
I’d hurt the most decent man I’d ever known over a guest list to a hypothetical marriage to a nonexistent girl.
In the last days of January, after the temperature dropped to eight degrees and the city seemed at its most desolate, I went home to Ohio to see my father.
He was Read More
When the religious history of our time is written, maybe there will at least be a footnote for an ebullient ceremony that took place on Sept. 18 at Omega Institute, the New Age center in Rhinebeck, N.Y.
Sunlight amid tall pines. A large meeting hall pulses with a chant. Pretty girls jump up and down Read More