The songwriter Alec Wilder once said Lee had a voice like a streetwalker you'd pass by--but if you stopped, you'd never leave. "Now, I don't exactly think of myself as a streetwalker," Lee said, "but I think I know what he means." That was the secret: underneath the cool, dry tone and the swinging delivery, you knew damn well what she meant.
Our Aug. 9 report on Colombia's overlooked war and its humanitarian crisis touched many readers. "Congratulations on an excellent article," praised one; another took the U.S. media to task for "focusing exclusively on the narco-traffic issue." But most readers offered their own views on how to help Colombia: "develop the country and remove poverty," advised one. "Guerrillas don't survive because of cocaine," concluded another, "but because of horrific inequalities in society."Colombia's...
A DEFIANT DICTATORSHIP TYRANNIZES an island nation not far from the shores of the United States. How do you get rid of it? Here's one bright idea that has been making the rounds in Washington: recruit some exiles from the island, arm and train them, and then send them back to conquer their homeland.
The Dominican Republic may be suffering its worst fiscal crisis in years. But that hasn't stopped President Joaquin Balaguer from pushing ahead with a $40 million lighthouse in Santo Domingo to commemorate Christopher Columbus's discovery of Hispaniola Island. Shaped like a cross, the concrete structure will house five international museums and a library. Its 350,000-watt lighting system already glows all night while much of the rest of the city is left in the dark.