August 28, 2011 |
Ever since my mom gave me the complete works of Ludwig van Beethoven - the best birthday present I ever got - I'd wanted to make a pilgrimage to Bonn, the composer's birthplace, to soak up the atmosphere and look for clues to his genius. Forty years later, I finally showed up. Bonn, in northwestern Germany, is way off the beaten tourist track, but I'm glad I made the effort. I spent four days in May absorbing Beethoven's legacy, the city's friendly ambience, Rhine River vistas and liberal quantities of Riesling wine and kolsch, as the local beer is called.
January 9, 2007
SCORE ONE FOR U.S. technological imperialism. Last week, German officials said they were divorcing themselves from the French government's effort to develop a European rival to Google, the Internet's leading search engine. The secretive, multimillion-dollar effort had been hailed two years ago by French President Jacques Chirac, who said France was "engaged in a global competition for technological supremacy."
February 1, 2006 |
ALMOST 40 years ago, Paul Aratow, a UC Berkeley graduate student living in Paris, wandered into a bookstore with the vague intention of learning to cook. He picked up the thickest book he could find and took it home. He cooked his way through it, and it opened up for him a glorious new world. Eventually he used what he learned to help start a new restaurant back home, called Chez Panisse. This year, he returned the favor. Aratow's newly published translation of "La Bonne Cuisine de Madame E.
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November 9, 2005 |
Bonne Bell Eckert, 82, retired chairwoman of Bonne Bell Cosmetics, a firm her father named for her when she was 4 years old, died Thursday at her home in a suburb of Cleveland. No cause of death was determined, but she may have suffered a heart attack or a stroke, her daughter, Bonne E. Conroy, told the Associated Press. Born in Salina, Kan., Eckert was chosen as namesake for the cosmetics firm by her father, J.G. Bell.
April 15, 2004
According to the Bonn violinists' theory ("Pay for Play: Why Stop at the Fiddle Section?" by Randy Lewis, April 8), as there are 16 first violinists in a typical symphony orchestra, perhaps their salary should be divided by 16, as they are, for the most part, all playing the same notes in unison; whereas typically the solo clarinetist is playing solo and in every case the timpanist is doing so. John Koenig Los Angeles
November 26, 2001 |
Five years of repressive rule by Afghanistan's fundamentalist Islamic Taliban regime relegated women to the status of chattel and deprived an underdeveloped nation of the talents of more than half its population. But as the warlords and ethnic chieftains who have fought over Afghanistan for decades gather here for talks Tuesday on the new distribution of power, Afghan women worry that they are still pawns in their men's fight.