I could sooner live without chocolate than without cheese. I eat it every day: cheddar grated in my omelet, Gorgonzola crumbled on my salad, Brie-smothered crackers for an afternoon snack. It has occurred to me that I might be considerably thinner if I would just give up cheese, but I don't think it's worth the sacrifice.
If Michael Cunningham hadn't already written "The Hours," "Specimen Days" would be a bold and innovative novel that didn't quite work. But following on that graceful, Pulitzer Prize-winning paean to Virginia Woolf and the women who love her, Cunningham's latest effort--starring Walt Whitman in the Woolf role--feels like a strained and familiar novel that doesn't quite work.
The Orientalist By Tom ReissBefore his untimely death at 35, Kurban Said was one of the Continent's most exciting, incisive and unwieldy writers. Born Lev Nussimbaum in early 20th-century Azerbaijan, the son of a Jewish oil baron, he survived countless revolutions and pogroms before converting to Islam, and wrote prolifically on the often destabilizing effects of Islam and oil in the Caucasus.
For Terry George, the pivotal moment in his quest to make the film "Hotel Rwanda" came when he visited a memorial to dead Tutsis in Murambi. He had traveled to Rwanda with Paul Rusesabagina, the hotel manager whose heroic story of harboring refugees during the 1994 genocide became the subject of the film.
Not everyone was as overjoyed as my husband and I when we conceived our third child. My mother, for one, thought we were insane: "You already have a healthy girl and boy; why do you need another baby?" My New York City colleagues--living in cramped apartments and paying private-school tuition--were similarly flummoxed: "But where will you put it?"But in the New Jersey suburb where I live, nobody batted an eye.
"There are roughly three New Yorks," E. B. White wrote in his slender paean to the city, "Here Is New York": the city of the native, "who accepts its size and its turbulence as natural and inevitable"; the city of the commuter, "devoured by locusts each day and spat out each night," and the city of the immigrant, who "came to New York in quest of something." Of those, White found this last New York--rich with dreams, fueled by striving, promising renewal--to be far and away the greatest.
There are few societies around the world where homosexuals are not persecuted in some way. Namibian President Sam Nujoma regularly calls lesbians and gays "unnatural." Slovakian Justice Minister Jan Carnogursky recently said that gays needed "psychiatric help." But such verbal criticism is mild compared with the strict laws that gays in many countries live with.
You're nine months pregnant, en route to a black-tie affair, and the only thing that fits is a tent. What's a woman to do? Well, if you're actress Annette Bening, model Cindy Crawford or American television journalist Katie Couric, you simply call Lauren Sara, maternity-wear designer extraordinaire.