Kurt Soller

Stories by Kurt Soller

  • What's O.J.'s Heisman Trophy Worth Today?

    The Juice's arrest shines a bright light on the murky world of memorabilia. Will the price of his items spike, or plunge? A veteran appraiser offers a tour of some of the market's more outlandish offerings.
  • Could You Live Without China?

    Author Sara Bongiorni and her family spent a year avoiding anything with a 'Made In China' label. The experience was more difficult—and expensive—than you might imagine.
  • Why I Love Facebook

    Facebook has become the dry-erase tabula rasa of my life—and of my 1, 042 closest friends (and counting).
  • Potter: OK to Spoil Ending?

    Todd Gitlin remembers a 1975 issue of The New Yorker as if it came out this week. Pauline Kael, the movie critic, reviewed Woody Allen's "Love and Death." But when Gitlin read the review he unexpectedly heard every funny joke. Now Gitlin avoids reviews, except the first paragraph, which he skims to see if the movie is good or not. "That experience actually changed my life," recalls Gitlin, who teaches ethics at the Columbia University School of Journalism.A lot has happened in the three decades since Gitlin had his epiphany, especially in the ways we get our news—the multiplicity of television stations and networks, the Internet and online news sites and bloggers. But the question hasn't changed: in an age where cultural happenings migrate from the arts section to the front page all the time, do journalists break the "news" about endings and plots if they know ahead of time? Put more bluntly, if we found out ahead of time how the final installment of "Harry Potter" turns out, should...
  • Summer Travel: Create a Green Vacation

    Visitors to England's annual Glastonbury Music Festival (June 22 through 24; glastonburyfestivals.co.uk) used to have one choice for accommodations: camping out on the festival grounds. But in 2005 Jennifer Lederman, a former attorney from London, came up with a better idea. Wanting to build more upscale lodgings without marring Glastonbury's bucolic setting, she founded Camp Kerala, a "pop-up hotel" that uses handmade tents from India to shelter 75 luxuriously appointed rooms (about $12,000 per two-person tent for three nights, including organic meals and festival tickets). Each room comes with all-natural bath products and wood furnishings from sustainable forests. Guests also have access to water-saving village loos and a top-shelf bar. When the festival bands pack up, so does Camp Kerala; an 18-person crew dismantles each tent and piece of furniture and stores them until next year. "We put it up and take it down within a matter of two weeks," Lederman says. "When you leave the...
  • Poll: Americans Want Death-Penalty Moratorium

    Even though most Americans support the death penalty, there’s rising concern about how the state’s ultimate punishment is levied. A new poll by the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that provides analysis on capital punishment, found that 58 percent want a national moratorium on executions. In 2006, there were fewer executions than in any year since the death penalty was reinstated over 30 years ago. NEWSWEEK’s Kurt Soller spoke with the director of the center, Richard Dieter, about the current state of capital punishment in America. Excerpts: ...
  • Award Offered for Loch Ness Monster Photo

    Whether an elephant, a plesiosaur, a real monster or nothing at all, Nessie is back. After a new film of the Loch Ness monster was released early this month, a British bookmaker has decided to offer 1 million pounds to anyone who takes a picture of the sea creature at this weekend’s Rock Ness music festival. They’re even providing disposable cameras to 50,000 eager participants. Of course, this isn’t the first time that monster hunters have trekked to the Scottish Highlands. Here’s a timeline of the Nessie legend. ...