October 11, 2009 |
American women may drop billions to look fabulous, but someone else holds the title to the ultimate in allure: the French woman. Is it any coincidence that the French coined the term femme fatale ? You know the type, a woman who's impossibly svelte and chic, with a certain aloofness and an aura suggesting that she knows something we don't about sexuality and seduction, a woman with that elusive quality known as je ne sais quoi. So is there truth to the stereotype? Yes and no. The mysterious creature people find so fascinating is partly real and partly steeped in myth, forged by icons such as Catherine Deneuve and Brigitte Bardot, says Debra Ollivier, author of the new book "What French Women Know: About Love, Sex, and Other Matters of the Heart and Mind."
October 4, 2009 |
When you stay at a Doubletree Hotel, little sets it apart from other mid-priced business/leisure hotels except the warm chocolate chip cookies at check-in -- more than 10 million a year, by the chain's count. But it's not the promise of a chewy nibble that's likely to catch your attention when you enter Doubletree's Arctic Club in downtown Seattle. Rather, it's the property itself: an immaculately restored, nearly century-old social lodge so specific in its Gold Rush details that you want to pull down one of the many vintage maps from the lobby walls, jump on a dog sled and head for the Klondike.
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July 12, 2009 |
Of all the myths enshrouding Michael Jackson's too-brief life, none was more potent than his image as the isolated artist, the tormented creative soul cut off from ordinary mortals. It's an archetype with a strongly American pedigree, as grizzled and hoary as Citizen Kane clutching his snow globe while he sits alone in Xanadu, brooding on happier days. Thoreau took to his cabin in the woods. Howard Hughes hid out naked in germ-free hotels. Elvis holed up in Graceland under the sway of drugs and a byzantine retinue of friends and false comforters.
July 1, 2009 |
Despite the poor economic times, the H1N1 virus and the advent of new austerity, buyers and press did indeed show up to see the spring-summer 2010 men's collections at the runway shows that wrapped up here Sunday. But the designers? They seemed to be thousands of miles away: tramping around the Egyptian desert (John Galliano), soaring above the clouds (Paul Smith) and even getting ready for a lunar landing (Alfred Dunhill).
April 5, 2009 |
Mysteries dwell within the towering red rocks of northern Arizona. And it doesn't take a Sedona visitor long to stumble upon them. "The woo-woo factor is strong here," psychic Craig Junjulas told me the morning I arrived. "Huh?" I said, doing a double take; I was pretty sure he had said woo-woo, the moaning sound kids make when they imitate ghosts (as opposed to whoo-whoo, the singsong sound they make when pretending to be a train). "You know, mystical things," he said, vaguely.
February 1, 2009 |
And so it came to pass that a terrible hardship swept over the land, and heavy were the hearts of the people. First the money temples failed. Then the mighty house of Lehman fell silent. And double woe unto them who had followed the evil counsels of Darth Madoff, who was sometimes called Ponzi. Beholding all this, the people were sore afraid. Even the wise man Bernanke and his sorcerers feared that their magic rods were but twigs against a whirlwind.
March 2, 2008 |
It is Christmas Eve. Two women sit on a hotel bed, gazing into each other's eyes. They kiss. The younger woman begins to remove her blouse. Then the older woman puts an end to the moment of intimacy and the younger one, confused and embarrassed, storms off.
December 3, 2007 |
It's an old maxim in the ad business that promotional messages outside the home succeed because they're harder to ignore. General Motors Corp. is putting the theory to the test in Los Angeles with what it describes as a "total landscape domination" campaign for the Saturn Vue and Aura, two new hybrids. The campaign, which begins today, increases the number of Saturn billboards in town sevenfold and promotes the gasoline-electric vehicles on 400 buses and in 329 gas stations.
September 27, 2007 |
Asplendid patio dappled with lovely light. A tinkling stone fountain and flowers abloom. Amazing California live oaks arching overhead. Are we in heaven? No, this is Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga Canyon. It's wonderfully peaceful. There's no blaring music. No attitude at the door. In fact, there is no door: The maître d' stand is outside under the trees, and the hostess is happy to seat us on a Saturday night even though our party's not complete.
April 13, 2007 |
An apparent suicide bombing in the tightly guarded parliament building that killed two Sunni Arab legislators and six other people here Thursday struck at the heart of Iraq's struggling democracy and the U.S. security plan that is trying to bolster it. The attack in the parliament's cafeteria, which also injured 23 people, highlighted what many have described as serious gaps in security around the building where legislators have been working to form a consensus to bring peace to Iraq.