I kinda like Caroline Kennedy. Not that she would care if I do or don’t. In any case, I haven’t seen her for a dozen years—and before that only fleetingly. We first met when she was an undergraduate at Harvard in the late ’70s. She was the belle (or maybe not …) of my brilliant Read More
Another big insider trading trial kicks off, a Morgan Stanley analyst cut Facebook projections ahead of Friday’s IPO and the day’s dose on JPMorgan trading losses. And still more in today’s Wall Street roundup.
What’s Good for the Gupta: The trial of former McKinsey & Co. chief executive Rajat Gupta opened yesterday, and Read More
In the dark history of human atrocity, one savage, inhuman chapter that is always missing from the textbooks in courses about the Pacific conflict in World War II is the Rape of Nanking. Except for the occasional documentary, this harrowing event has gone largely unexplored by filmmakers, yet it surges with historic value and the elements of heartbreaking drama. Ask history majors about what the Japanese did to freedom-loving civilians to alter the world and all they know is Pearl Harbor, Bataan and the Death March. Now the great Chinese director Zhang Yimou has made a valiant and compassionate effort to enlighten the ignorant. The Flowers of War is his best film since Raise the Red Lantern. It is emotionally shattering.
This September, fordProject will host a group exhibition showcasing three young Japanese artists, representatives of what the gallery believes to be an untapped contemporary market from that country. “Reflections” will feature paintings by young artists Hideaki Kawashima, Makiko Kudo and Toru Kuwakubo.
Rachel Vancelette, the director who curated the show, is passionate about Read More
The nuclear crisis in Japan remains worrisome at best, scary at worst. Perhaps the most frightening development for New Yorkers is the size of the exclusion zone near the site. The United States believes it should be at least 50 miles inland from the stricken reactors, and has refused to allow U.S. military personnel and Read More
the lead indicator
At around noon yesterday, the P.A. inside the Park Slope Food Co-op crackled to life.
“Does anyone know if we still have any iodine tablets?” came the query across the fluorescent-lit, bulk bin-lined, members-only floor.
They did not, according to a co-op shopper who was there at the time. She knew this because she had Read More
In the aftermath of last week’s earthquake and tsunami, Japan faces its most serious crisis in a generation. The terrible human toll is still being assessed; even as relief efforts accelerate, the estimate of lives lost have climbed from a few hundred in the hours after the flooding to projections surpassing 10,000. And while the Read More
News Montage: Japan, Peter King, Keith Ellison, Brooke Gladstone, et al. [Jody Avirgan]
Japan: Bloomberg directs NYC aid there. [AP]
Hawaii: Hit with tsunami waves. [AP]
Peter King Hearings: “There were obvious omissions from the witness stand. Namely, the Muslim community.” [Arun Venugoapl]
Pay Cap: Read More
Gothic Punk Lolita and Forest Girl might sound like characters out of a Twilight novel by Nabokov, but they’re actually stars of a museum exhibition. The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s next elaborate show salutes groundbreaking Japanese fashion, from the 1980s to the present. About 100 outfits will go on view in the Read More
Japan has the greatest life expectancy of any country in the world, clocking some 82.6 years on average (and a whopping 86.1 for the womenfolk!) compared to a paltry 78.2 (plus a two-and-a-half-year lady dividend) for Americans. A number of theories have been floated to explain these numbers, including a diet Read More