The Best Day the Worst Day: Life with Jane Kenyon, by Donald Hall. Houghton Mifflin, 258 pages, $23.
Jane Kenyon died in the morning 10 years ago, at three minutes before the 8 o’clock news, with her husband, Donald Hall, beside her, in the long, two-story, white clapboard house, Eagle Pond Farm, where they lived Read More
The folks over at the Center for an Urban Future aren’t going to like this, but Joel Kotkin has a new article arguing fairly persuasively that the future is actually suburban. Planners, architects, and environmentalists, he says, should get used to it.
Kotkin offers some data to back up Read More
A World Without Walls: Freedom, Development, Free Trade and Global Governance , by Mike Moore. Cambridge University Press, 302 pages, $28.
I was filing a story from the street, blocked in by peaceful protesters, when the pepper spray hit. Sure, the trade ministers standing near me were frustrated and befuddled, but did that Read More
When we think of the great colorists in the history of Western painting, we tend almost automatically to associate their work with the light of Southern Europe. From Giorgione and Titian in Venice to the Impressionists at Argenteuil, from Cézanne in Aix to Matisse at Collioure and the Riviera to Bonnard at Le Cannet, the Read More
The dive in the financial markets has some members of Investors Without Borders wondering about the cant, hype and lies that have made up their sacred text for the better part of this decade. Meanwhile, on the streets of the nation’s capital, those citizens forced to live with the consequences of the free-floating craps game Read More
My wife and I got a ride from the ashram back to Mysore on Dec. 29, and the road was awful. For several miles it was made of fist-sized rocks, and the driver crawled along in the sandy rutted shoulder beside sugarcane fields. Then the Indian highway, with its swerving close shaves and exhaust and Read More
For years, the author and columnist Richard Reeves has been writing that the great change in America and indeed throughout the world since 1980 is the triumph of economics over politics. Power no longer is centered in the corridors of democracy, but in the suites of global corporations. With the rise of Margaret Thatcher and Read More
Democratic Presidential hopeful Bill Bradley was one of the last people to see Joe Wood before the 34-year-old New York-based writer and book editor went up Mount Rainier on July 8 and didn’t come down. Mr. Bradley was in Seattle for the Unity ’99 Journalism Conference, a gathering of 6,000 black, Hispanic, Asian and Native Read More
An open letter to Howard Schultz, chief executive of Starbucks:
Dear Mr. Schultz,
I didn’t really want to write this letter. Some advised me not to do it. Don’t take on the Empire, it’s too late to reform it. It’s a behemoth grown beyond hope of alteration or redemption. They told me I’d just Read More
You didn’t think I was going to let the occasion pass without a little celebration, did you, just a bit of gloating. I’m talking about Jerry Seinfeld’s departure. Jeez, you read the papers, you get the impression this was an occasion for unanimous nationwide mourning-that the entire populace was weeping and gnashing its teeth. Yet Read More