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  • Lose The Weight And Keep It Off: Mission Impossible?

        Last week was not a good week for Tyler.Tyler, a 24-year-old from South Carolina, writes the blog 344pounds.com, which documents his progress as he tries to lose weight. Since beginning the site in January, he’s lost 109.8 pounds, thanks to an intense exercise regime. (As part of a blog promotion, for instance, he performed over three hours of cardio one Friday night). But last week—his birthday week—he gained weight for the first time since beginning his blog, a fact he chalked up to lowered standards: watching TV, indulging on his birthday, and skipping the gym in favor of surfing the Web. “This week should show to you that if you don’t put in the work, you won’t lose the weight. It’s not rocket science. I’ve lost weight 26 weeks in a row without fail—the first week I give just a little bit of slack I gain half a pound,” Tyler then resolved to resume his arduous exercise routine and cut back on the junk food. His plan sounds both admirable and exhausting, and raises the ques...
  • What If G.I. Joe Were Gay?

    The new action movie isn't as bad as you think. It's much, much worse. An idea for how the filmmakers could've shaken up the franchise.
  • My Day Cooking as Julia Child

    Julia Child, the world's most-beloved chef, made it look so easy. But as I learned, it's hard to master the art of French cooking.
  • Sandra Lee: The Anti-Julia Child

    If you watch the cooking show Money Saving Meals, you'll see a svelte Sandra Lee working in an impressively clean kitchen. On the first episode, everything is white: the counters, the drawers, the bowls, even the KitchenAid mixer. So is the sweater she's wearing, which may not be a surprise, as Lee has developed a knack over her years on the Food Network of matching her appliances to whatever stylish outfit she has on. The kitchen is so pristine, you have to ask: is Lee actually cooking?
  • My Turn: Bikers & the City

    On July 8, 2005, I overslept, as usual, grabbed a quick gulp of orange juice on the way out the door, and arrived at my office on the other side of London in 20 minutes. For hours that day, I was the only person in the office and one of the few Londoners to arrive at work on time, if at all. You see, the day before, the city's public--transportation infrastructure was crippled by a terrorist attack. But I commuted by scooter.Motorcycles and scooters form an important part of the transportation landscape in London, allowing tens of thousands of people to get where they're going cheaply and quickly. In fact, bikes are deemed so advantageous to city life that London provides them free parking citywide, doesn't charge their riders a fee for entering the city center, and allows them access to bus lanes. The British government even provides cheap, easy, and widely available training to people who want to learn how to ride.Now I live in New York, the least bike-friendly city I know. Most...
  • Mike Ross, a Man From Hope

    Mike Ross is not exactly what you would call a colorful character, at least not in the context of national political theater. An Arkansas Democrat and five-term congressman, he is an amiable former state legislator and chief of staff to his state's lieutenant governor. Before the past few weeks, it is safe to say that few people outside Arkansas's Fourth Congressional District had heard of him, and you have to have been engaged in the details of the struggle over the president's health-care bill to have heard of him even now. But Ross—who is, inevitably, from Hope—is not a bad way to gauge where real people stand on the big questions being debated in Washington.And what do I mean by "real people"? Pretty much anybody who is not Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin. It is not news that there is often a disconnect between the topical and the truly long--lasting: there will always be human-interest stories or tabloid fare. (It all depends on your point of view. Some people wept when Michael...
  • Does Street Art Belong in a Gallery?

    São Paulo's Choque Cultural Gallery prides itself on exhibiting works of pop art, photography, and sculpture by Brazil's top contemporary artists. But its current exhibit, Coletiva Choque, featuring works by the artists Zezão, Jaca, and Presto, looks like it'd be more at home on the walls of a favela. It consists of large, colorfully embellished murals, known as street art, that have been transferred to canvases. More inspirational than angry, they're a far cry from "tag" graffiti—hastily sprayed words on outdoor property that convey social and political messages.São Paulo is not the only place where street art has made the leap from the inner city to the gallery. Exhibition spaces in Los Angeles, London, and New York City have all commissioned street artists to apply their talents to murals rather than on building façades or concrete barriers. Although the artistic style of the outdoor artwork is preserved, some argue that moving it indoors and changing its scale compromises its...
  • The Pundits on Palin: Advice By The Numbers

    By Brian No Since announcing July 3 that she’d be stepping down as governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin’s future has been the source of much discussion—but not, it turns out, all that much debate. The TV pundits have agreed (and agreed and agreed) on her way forward. Here's an extremely scientific (by which we mean not scientific at all) tally of how many mentions each pearl of wisdom has received:Palin will/should … (approximate total mentions)Barnstorm for Republican candidates     116Cash in!        91Write a book/go on book tour    87Speechify       86Get her own TV show/do media    62Master the issues       34Lead conservative movement      25Generally expand and build support      24Improve reputation/credibility  23      (Data collected from CNN, FOX NEWS, MSNBC, JULY 4-27)  P.S. - In case you're interested, here's what we thought she should do: click here.
  • Project Runway Preview

    Like two girls fighting over a cashmere sweater, Project Runway spent 12 months in a legal tug of war between Bravo and Lifetime. (Lifetime won.) We asked judges Heidi Klum, Michael Kors, Nina Garcia, and Tim Gunn to talk about their new home, and other changes we'll see when the show returns on Aug. 20. ...
  • Meryl Streep's Delicious Julia Child

    "Slipping away quietly in her sleep late last week may have been the only unspectacular thing Julia Child ever did," I wrote in August 2004 in NEWSWEEK. But I was wrong. Julia Child is not dead. Not as long as Meryl Streep inhabits her big-boned, 6-foot-2 frame; fills her size 12 shoes; sets the corners of her eyes in a permanent crinkle; and causes her voice—that voice!—to bubble up from some sweet, deep place in her soul. In Nora Ephron's film Julie & Julia, which opens this week, you're convinced that Julia Child is still here. This is reassuring stuff for those of us who learned to cook from Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Watching the determined Julia slip a piece of carbon paper (carbon paper!) between two sheets of onionskin and roll them into her typewriter for the first time is quietly thrilling—like being there at the creation. "French people eat French food every single day! I can't get over it," Julia/Meryl says as she begins her midlife culinary adventure....
  • Return to Woodstock. Again.

    One of the most recycled sayings about the '60s—"If you remember them, you probably weren't there"—is also one of the dumbest. We get the joke: we were all too blitzed on chemicals and weed to have anything but the most foggy recollection. The truth is, for the generation that came of age in those -consciousness-stretching days, those memories are probably the most vivid of a lifetime. It's everything after that we can't always remember. Nineteen sixty-nine? Clear as a bell. Nineteen ninety-nine? Kind of a blur. ...
  • It's Going to Be a Tough Year on Mad Men

    Time has been Mad Men's costar from the start. It provides the jokes, the fears, the gadgets. It's behind the haunted look in Don Draper's eyes. But when season three begins on Aug. 16, time may play its biggest role yet. Creator Matt Weiner won't pin down the year, but the evidence points to 1963—and 1963 was no ordinary year. For men who thought they ruled by right, it was the year things fell apart.On Mad Men, the cracks are there already. Copywriter Peggy Olson broke through Sterling Cooper's glass ceiling with her wit and smarts, but she's had to endure the derision—and worse—of her male colleagues. What will she think of the rise of the women's movement that followed the February 1963 publication of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique? The call to arms in Friedan's preface ("I came to realize that something is very wrong with the way American women are trying to live their lives today") seems aimed directly at Peggy—and at Betty Draper, Don's beautiful caged bird of a wife...
  • Real Funny People: Young Patients Laugh at Cancer

    Cancer kills more young people than any other disease, and survival rates have not improved in more than 30 years for people in their 20s and 30s. How some patients are using humor to fight back.