February 14, 2010 |
I'm doing fairly well for a grandmother who had a monkey tangled up in her hair last month on a ghat in Varanasi at sunset. Back home again now, I can report that in the midst of the zap that is India, with its heartbreaking, gorgeous, hallucinatory, dazzling, kaleidoscopic, mind-blowing grandeur and loud reality -- a place where having a monkey's hand trapped in your dreadlocks is pretty par for the course -- I came to three decisions about my own...
November 22, 2009 |
To borrow a hackneyed radio commercial catchphrase, this year TV prices are insane. It's hard to believe that only four years ago, 42-inch LCD sets were going for $10,000. Now you can pick one up for $700, and that's with the capability to display images in 1080p, the highest resolution offered. As the holidays approach, prices might edge even lower. The average price for an LCD TV, in the 42- to 44-inch range, will be about $640 during the fourth quarter, research firm iSuppli predicts.
October 5, 2009 |
Acute mountain sickness affects people at high altitudes. Symptoms include dizziness, confusion and fatigue. In her 15th novel, "A Change in Altitude," Anita Shreve writes about it knowledgeably. Perhaps she was suffering from it as she wrote, because this novel is a mess. Shreve can be an excellent writer. It's easy to understand why her work appears on bestseller lists. Usually her prose is clear, her descriptions elegant and her plot twists surprising and original, enticing us to keep turning pages.
June 21, 2009 |
Millions of Americans who are self-employed, working for small businesses or -- increasingly in this economy -- jobless, are facing the difficult and expensive task of buying health insurance on the open market. The options are dizzying, with premiums, deductibles and co-payments that vary widely among plans and costs that are not always obvious. People who are older may pay more, as may those who have children and women who are of child-bearing age.
December 16, 2008 |
Giggles and whispers ripple like a breeze through the darkened auditorium. The curtain slides open, and the inevitable scolding voice cries out -- the babushka, self-appointed custodian of child rearing and decorum. "Quiet, now, people paid good money . . ." Gulliver's ship tumbles dizzily onstage, held on sticks, tossed on glistening waves of chiffon. Soon he's shipwrecked, a hulking figure taken prisoner by the tiny Lilliputians.
November 3, 2008 |
In Latin, Rex means king. In Chicago, Grossman means oh, no! Yet there Rex Grossman was Sunday, coming off the bench to bring the Bears back from the brink of disaster. After quarterback Kyle Orton was carted off because of an ankle injury against Detroit, Grossman erased a 10-point deficit -- and secured a 27-23 victory -- with two touchdown drives in the second half.
HOME & GARDEN
November 1, 2008 |
A home of your own -- it's an American dream. Good houses make stable lives, and stable lives make good citizens. Thomas Jefferson despaired at the nation's ramshackle shanties, and for more than a century, presidents pushed for change. Technology and innovation -- supported by government, encouraged by educators and praised by preachers -- made the dream a reality. From the kitchen table of the American home came the soldiers who fought our wars and the families who healed their wounds.
September 23, 2008 |
NOTHING gets the comic juices flowing like a workplace revenge fantasy. In "9 to 5: The Musical," an eager-to-please adaptation of the fizzy 1980 pop-feminist film, three female employees, tired of banging their heads against a low-hanging glass ceiling, team up against the sort of sexist boss who deserves to run into Gloria Steinem, Germaine Greer and Billie Jean King in a dark alley.