Pataki’s Graceless Exit
Leave it to George Pataki to keep making inexplicably bad decisions, even as he prepares to leave Albany—none too soon.
Mr. Pataki’s last budget address, given in Albany on Jan. 17, confirmed that the man long ago ran out of ideas and energy. Armed with the good news that the state Read More
Less than three years after a devastating terrorist attack, New York City is bouncing back. The municipal treasury, while not exactly flush, is in better shape than it was even a few months ago. This, you would assume, is good news, not only for the city but for everybody in New York State. The city, Read More
Future of Life , by Edward O. Wilson. Alfred A. Knopf, 229 pages, $22.
Never one to be overawed by a topic-a recent book of his, Consilience , explained the unity of all
knowledge-Harvard biologist E. O. Wilson has now taken on The Future of Life . Mr. Wilson is better qualified than Read More
A major high-tech corporation is promoting a billion-dollar
merger between one of its top U.S. suppliers and a foreign firm, against the
wishes of Pentagon officials who believe the deal will jeopardize sensitive
satellite technology. The new President, in office only a few months, had vowed
during his campaign to tighten industrial security in the Read More
Why is it that the Whitney Museum of American Art makes such a botch of every opportunity it is given to excel? Why is it that this hapless institution still, some seven decades after its founding as a museum, cannot manage to take authoritative possession of a subject-American art in the 20th century-which no serious Read More
On Jan. 16, I took a boat from Goa to Bombay a day ahead of my traveling companions because I had a romantic errand. Twenty years ago, the only other time I’d been to Bombay, I’d visited an opium den. A young Indian took me there and we lay on the floor among dried-up veterans, Read More