Susan H. Greenberg

Making Cheese the Vermont Way

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.

Adiga's Stories From India

Like an Asian sister city to Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, the fictitious town of Kittur, India, is full of anguished souls trying to find their place in the world.

Cool Drawers

The refrigerator never seems big enough to hold all those holiday leftovers and half-drunk bottles of champagne. But appliance-makers have devised an innovative solution: refrigerated drawers, which can fit under counters or stand alone and dramatically increase cool-storage space.

Lessons In English

Ha Jin's new novel, 'A Free Life,' is his first book set in America. Like his main character, the Chinese-born author has really made himself at home there.

The Good Life

By Sana ButlerNext time you're in London, don't fret if you're too busy with meetings to visit the Churchill Museum. Just book a tour with the curator before opening hours.

The Good Life

Fashion: Swinging in StyleBy Karla BruningCall it the Michelle Wie effect. With plunging necklines, miniskirts and bright prints, women's golf wear is the newest fashion frontier.

Some Kind Of Love

When we first meet Emilia Greenleaf, the narrator of Ayelet Waldman's novel, "Love and Other Impossible Pursuits," she is dashing across New York's Central Park, dodging baby strollers and averting her eyes from every playground.

The 'Familymoon'

Cathy Wright's second honeymoon wasn't exactly the lush romantic getaway most newlyweds imagine. For one thing, she and her new husband, George, spent a night camped out in a cave.

CUNNINGHAM'S WHITMAN SAMPLER

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.

Snap Judgment: Books

Dining With Terrorists by Phil ReesThe frivolous title misleads. During his 20 years as a British journalist, Rees has indeed met--and eaten with--a great many militants from Kashmir to Ireland.

THE GOOD EARTH

It used to be that people went on holiday to get away from it all, to taste the exotic and see how the rest of the planet lives. No more. These days people are more inclined to use travel as a way to affirm their connection to humanity, to measure the things we all have in common.

BOOKS

Despite the SystemBy Clinton HeylinIn this blow-by-blow account of the travails of Orson Welles, Heylin pits the visionary filmmaker against the philistine studios.

Snap Judgment: Books

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.

Snap Judgment: Books

Chicken With Prunes By Marjane Satrapi (in French)The author of the celebrated comic-book series "Persepolis" is back with another heartfelt adults-only graphic novel, though a far less autobiographical one.

SNAP JUDGEMENT: BOOKS

Home Landby Sam LipsyteSince two of the blurbs compare Lipsyte's slacker narrator Lewis Miner to Holden Caulfield, let's not--and anyhow, old Holden wasn't much of an ironist.

TURNING HATRED INTO HOPE

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.

EMPTY STARTING BLOCKS

Carol Howe is Canada's third fastest female marathoner, with a best time of 2 hours 34 minutes. That's a full three minutes faster than the International Olympic Committee's qualifying standard.

Letter From New Jersey: Filling Every Seat In The

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.

Going Nowhere

French elementary-school teacher Adele Pesnot had been looking forward to visiting California for months. In December, she and her older sister, Alice, booked a trip for April to take in the sun and (movie) stars of Los Angeles and San Diego.

Raising A Sensitive Man

When victor Vargas catches his sister, Vicky, gossiping on the phone about his affair with the unpopular "Fat Donna," he tosses the phone--an old rotary-dial model--out the window.

'Get Out Of My Way'

Stationed aboard the USS Carl Vinson, Lt. Ashley likes to "walk early." In the lingo of Navy aviators, "walking" means suiting up for battle. "I wake up, I breathe, I hit the head, then I walk," she says.

Two Men, A Single Goal

Just as he'd done thousands of times in the past 31 years, New York Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen raced toward the smoke. It was a little before 9 a.m.

The New New York

"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.

Punishable By Death

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.

Maternity Chic

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.

The Rise Of The Only Child

On sunny days, elderly women in the working-class Rome neighborhood of Testaccio bring their grandchildren to the local playground to socialize with other kids.

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