One likes to think of Asian restaurants as oases of almost Zen-like calm amid the sharp-elbowed cacophony of Western life. That may be true in the front of the house, but behind the scenes the staff apparently has no greater monopoly on transcendental peace and understanding than the average unenlightened Manhattan native or Brooklynite.
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In a Sept. 20 speech that was long overdue, John Kerry outlined the deceptions and failures of George W. Bush’s policy in Iraq. Because he is the Democratic nominee for President, and because he hasn’t expressed his view of the war with such clarity and cogency before, many voters may remain deaf to Mr. Kerry’s Read More
According to the Board of Elections, only 13 percent of the city’s 3.7 million registered voters are Republicans. As the Republican National Convention comes to this very un-Republican city for the first time, many on both sides of the political fence are wondering: “Will we be able to get along, even for four days?” I Read More
He may run as the Fetus-Protector President or the Old-Time Religion President or the One-Man and One-Woman Marriage President or the Privatization President or the No-Medicare President or the One-Test-Fits-All-Children President, but George Bush cannot run as the Commander-in-Chief President. In rough times, he is the little man who isn’t there.
Twice in George Bush’s Read More
Why is Conor Oberst so desperate to reveal everything about himself-except his name? The 22-year-old Mr. Oberst, who hails from Omaha, Neb., and records under the stage moniker Bright Eyes, has always come across musically as something of a changeling-the High Plains Drifter of singer/songwriters. But Bright Eyes also seems to be sending the message Read More
Not long ago, Jenny Young was lying on the floor in her yoga class, limber and relaxed, when her teacher Paul instructed the class in a move called the Plow Pose.
“Basically,” Ms. Young said, “you’re on your back, and you bring your legs over your head until you can, um … almost kiss your Read More
The last thing I had heard about the lawyer Michael Rips, he was going back to Omaha to run for Congress. That seemed improbable. Mr. Rips has the politician’s ability to make you feel like the center of the universe, but he was too sophisticated to want to hang out with farmers. He lived in Read More
Amid the great swirl of political activity that has managed, however briefly, to relegate news of celebrity couplings to the off-lead column, one question remains unasked: On what planet do our political leaders reside? They cannot be residents of our good earth, for their actions and words contain none of the characteristics we associate with Read More
A man was arrested at Newark Airport earlier this summer for breaking the neck of a Continental Airlines gate agent. The newspaper accounts did not say if other Continental Airlines customers cheered. If they didn’t scream, “Right on, brother!” out loud, you may be sure many of them were silently applauding the mayhem being inflicted Read More
After a horrific couple of weeks of incarceration, a friend of mine recently escaped from one of Manhattan’s largest, best known and respected hospitals.
He had successfully undergone a long and complicated operation, but immediately afterward my friend was left in a recovery room for six hours, attended to by people who did not Read More