November 19, 2012 |
"Hi. I'm paper. Remember me?" I remember you, paper, all too well, all high and mighty yet ready to crumple at the first sign of pressure. I thought I was all cried out, but when I first read those words of yours - part of a public relations campaign on behalf of a paper company by the name of Domtar Corp. - I just erupted. I thought I was over all that - the sense of betrayal, of being cast aside in favor of someone younger, thinner and better looking - but what I thought was scar tissue was still very much alive to the pain.
September 15, 2012 |
Patti Warashina has spent half a century making clay do her bidding rather than give in to what is expected of clay. Bowls and pots? She'd already proven while at the University of Washington in the early 1960s that she could make beautiful ones. Instead, what about going Pop like Peter Max in the late '60s, or creating tableaux about liberated women in the 1980s, or addressing warfare and corporate greed in sake sets in the naughts? She figured out how to do all those things, with flair and humor, as evidenced in her retrospective at the American Museum of Ceramic Art, "Patti Warashina: Wit and Wisdom" (through Sept.
September 13, 2012
Former figure skater Michelle Kwan announced that she is engaged to marry Clay Pell, a member of the White House's national security staff. "It was a simple decision and it made sense," Kwan, 32, told People magazine . Wow, that sounds so romantic. Kwan, 32, won nine U.S. figure-skating championships, five world championships and two Olympic medals before retiring in 2005. Pell, 30, proposed on Sept. 3 on Block Island off the coast of Rhode Island. The couple first met in April 2011.
September 9, 2012 |
A new theory is pouring some cold - actually, some really hot - water on the idea that Mars could have been habitable in the past. Planetary scientists searching the Red Planet for places that could have contained the building blocks for life look for clues in clays, which can offer some indication that water must have flowed on or just under Mars' surface. But a new study suggests that, at least in some cases, those clays might be a red herring. A paper published online Sunday by the journal Nature Geoscience argues that such clays might have been formed in hot Martian magma rich in water.
July 31, 2012 |
LONDON - We interrupt the U.S. men's volleyball medal quest, which continued Tuesday at Earls Court with a straight-sets victory over Germany, for some Philosophy 101. "The temptation is to go big picture when you need to stay on the task at hand," three-time Olympian Reid Priddy said. "When you go to the Olympic Games, you learn the rhythm and cadence of this tournament and how important it is to go one play, one point, one opponent at a time. " Such coach-speak from players usually makes coaches swoon, but U.S. leader Alan Knipe wouldn't even take credit for any ownership following the tidy 25-23, 25-16, 25-20 victory in 89 minutes.
June 24, 2012 |
- For two days, the U.S. Olympic track and field trials has been an ironic dry run for the London Summer Games, where the weather could be iffy. Wet. Unseasonably cold. Intermittent flashes of brightness, both in the sky and on the track. And no one shone brighter during those two days than decathlete Ashton Eaton. The conditions were perfect Saturday when Eaton completed the most stunning performance in the 100 years since the decathlon made its Olympic debut at the Stockholm Summer Games and King Gustav V of Sweden said to winner Jim Thorpe, "Sir, you are the greatest athlete in the world.
June 22, 2012 |
The world's greatest athlete insists he's like the rest of us. "I'm just a regular guy," Bryan Clay said. "I still have to take out the trash, I'm still changing air-conditioning filters and light bulbs and changing the oil in the cars and doing all that kind of stuff. " Just like any of his neighbors in Glendora -- except Clay won a silver medal in the decathlon at the 2004 Athens Olympics and a gold medal at Beijing four years later and, with that, the honorary title of best all-around athlete on the planet.
June 17, 2012 |
A Hologram for the King A Novel Dave Eggers McSweeney's: 328 pp., $25 More than any other writer of his generation, Dave Eggers is a brand. The 42-year-old author is accomplished in many fields - he's the founder of McSweeney's, a successful independent publishing house and innovative literary journal that grew out of a still-vital humor website. He's the head of the multi-city literacy nonprofit 826, which is partly supported by whimsical storefronts like the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store.
June 12, 2012 |
Clay Stanley's 80-mph jump serve is one of the most potent weapons in international volleyball. And as a right-side hitter, he may be the best in the world. But when U.S. national team Coach Alan Knipe is asked what Stanley brings to the court, the first thing he mentions is "the stare. " "He has the ability to look right through his teammates," Knipe says. And more often than not, Knipe says, those teammates get the message. "It's time to go," Knipe says. "The guys respond to him because they know he's their leader.
June 11, 2012 |
PARIS -- Only one man could answer history's summons to the court at Roland Garros on Monday, and his name had been engraved on the winner's trophy six times already. For the seventh, a feat no male player before him had achieved, Rafael Nadal roared back from a break of serve down in the fourth set to win a rain-delayed French Open men's final Monday, powering past Novak Djokovic, 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5. Fittingly, the sun finally broke through the clouds as the Spaniard closed in on victory, which came when Djokovic double-faulted on match point after the two had been back on court for less than an hour.