No Smoking, Please; Proud to be Un-American

Written by Taki on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

LEMAÎTRE No Smoking, Ever Inside the royal enclosure at Ascot races last week—for any of you unfamiliar with the place, Ascot is a race course next to Windsor Castle, and inside what is known as the royal enclosure, for one week in June, gentlemen are required to wear top hats and tailcoats, ladies large hats preferably with flowers—I asked [&hellip
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The Bores Who Run the World

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

You’d think politics would be like, say, classical music—that the more you know about it, the less interested you would be in the obvious stuff. Just as no real classical music maven ever seems to talk about Vivaldi or Beethoven or Tchaikovsky, it would seem that no real Washington insider would want to talk about big national races. But that’s [&hellip
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Jesus vs. Freud

Written by John Strausbaugh on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Mental health professionals tend to react to Seth Farber’s ideas with the sort of shock and outrage with which heresy is condemned by faithful religious types. “Don’t touch this book with a twenty foot pole,” one of them wrote his publisher on reading the manuscript that would become his latest book, Unholy Madness (InterVarsity Press, 162 pages, $12.99). “I suspect [&hellip
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Run Lola Run

Written by Godfrey Cheshire on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Run Lola Run directed by Tom Tykwer She Do Run Run Myself, I’d rather not. Perhaps the most interesting thing about Run Lola Run is the chance it offers to embrace two diametrically opposed ideas simultaneously. Can it really be smart and vapid, pregnant with meaning and barren of same all at once? Well, yes. And not only does that contradictoriness [&hellip
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Lovers on the Bridge

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Lovers on the Bridge directed by Leos Carax France’s Generation Vexed Almost a decade overdue, Leos Carax’s Les Amants de Pont-Neuf finally begins a regular theatrical run in America under the title Lovers on the Bridge. It could as easily have been called Fireworks to highlight its centerpiece sequence, a magnificent, expressionist depiction of young lovers’ ecstasy. Alex (Denis Lavant) [&hellip
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Celebrate Father’s Day While You Still Can

Written by Lionel Tiger on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

There is of course hardly any more dramatic sex difference in human nature than between the minute or two it might take a man who’s a fast learner to become a father and the nine-months-plus-often-20-years that can be the woman’s outcome. This is such a startling distinction that virtually every social system has had to figure out a way to [&hellip
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Snapshots of Barcelona’s Barrio Chino

Written by Christian Viveros-Faune on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Barcelona! The word has long had the power to make my breath go shallow. The pedestrian pulse of its tight, teeming streets; the unexpected sweep of nouveau facades lifting off like birds’ wings; the myriad youthful faces, embarrassingly pretty in their Old World sophistication; the dry African winds pulling into this tidy, voluptuous corner of the Mediterranean; the elegant [&hellip
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Spinning Affirmative Action at the New York Times

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

The New York Times‘ consensus-manufacturing machine is gearing up for the 2000 presidential race, and with mixed results. First there was Kevin Sack’s long May 8 story about George W. Bush’s business dealings—an inconclusive piece that served only to highlight the extent to which Bush possesses the same faults that other unimaginative sons of mind boggling privilege do. More to the [&hellip
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Birthday boy gets nothing!

Written by Dirty Sanchez on . Posted in Posts

Happy Sanchez does his happy-Sanchez dance and jumps up and down upon his mattress, for his birthday wish has come true! Some goofy rock critic finally took the bait and wrote a pissy letter to Sanchez! Whereas smug know-it-all Sanchez could’ve guessed that a couple of crazy women from Manhattan and Piscataway would have responded to his tearful plea for [&hellip
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Gee, Bradley Really is a Stiff

Written by David Corn on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Have you caught Bill Bradley fever? A few weeks ago, he was the story of the presidential campaign, which still has nearly 17 months to run. This week, obviously, it’s George W. Bush, who has finally left his cocoon in Austin. In the midst of that media run on Bradley—raising $4 million in the first quarter did impress the political [&hellip
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