August 11, 2010
The Anti-Defamation League has opposed the construction of a $100-million Islamic community center, including a prayer room, two blocks from ground zero in Manhattan. The L.A.-based Simon Wiesenthal Center has taken the position that families of the nearly 3,000 victims of the 9/11 attacks should be allowed to decide whether the center should be built near "the greatest killing grounds in American history," because they suffered most directly from the Al Qaeda strike. Understandably, this is a difficult issue for Jewish organizations committed to the memory of the Holocaust, but their positions do not serve the causes of tolerance and anti-discrimination for which both groups claim to stand.
November 15, 2009 |
In sneakerhead parlance, the term "Holy Grail" refers to a collector's ultimate wish list -- NiceKicks.com's founder and editor in chief Matt Halfhill likens it to a "bucket list" of sorts: the things you want to experience before you die. "Every sneakerhead has one," he says. "Sometimes, when they post in [online] sneaker forums, you'll see the list at the bottom with check marks next to the ones they've already gotten." The coveted sneaks aren't just the elusive ones you haven't found yet, explains Liz Sanchez, manager of the Holy Grail, the aptly named sneaker consignment boutique on Pico in downtown Los Angeles.
September 7, 2009 |
For decades, fitness gurus have admonished sofa spuds to adopt a can-do attitude toward exercise, as if the only thing keeping them from the gym or walking path was the right attitude. Yet a growing body of evidence suggests that it's not merely motivation but also genetics that separate slouches from fitness fanatics, and at least some of these genes appear to act on the brain's pleasure and reward center. Though the science doesn't imply that people disinclined to exercise can't get moving, it helps explain why some people find it more difficult than others to "just do it."
May 29, 2009 |
If globalization tears down cultural walls the way it has economic barriers, Arian Moayed may be a star of the future. The New York-based actor plays an Iraqi translator in Rajiv Joseph's acclaimed new play, "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," which runs through June 7 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Onstage, he is Musa, a gardener who becomes a translator for American troops after the fall of Baghdad in 2003. What may be less immediately apparent is that he's also translating for you, the audience.
February 22, 2009 |
Waves of change rippled through the Catholic Church in the 1960s and 1970s, the earthquake of Vatican II followed by aftershocks. Priests jettisoned Latin to say Mass in the language the people spoke. Some sisters in habits were suddenly plainclothes nuns. Congregants no longer had to kneel, open-mouthed, at the altar rail for Communion; they could stand instead, their hands out to receive the body of Christ. And the confessional, that darkened booth so beloved of moviemakers? It was edged out.
February 5, 2009 |
Tis the season . . . for baseball books. With spring training a few days away, there are the usual odes to that time of year, first-person accounts of time spent in the game and, naturally, the much-discussed Joe Torre tome. Then there's "101 Reasons to Love the Phillies." (I'm guessing 101 Reasons to Hate the Yankees would be an even bigger seller.) In any event, author Ron Green Jr. provides an entertaining history lesson about the 2008 World Series champions. Reason No. 1: 10,000 Losses.
November 29, 2008 |
There are many facts remaining to be discovered about the atrocities in Mumbai this week, but we already know what we really need to know. The physical institutions targeted and the individuals singled out for particular attention by the killers -- Americans, Britons and Jews -- are signatures of the fanatic Islamists we've come to know as jihadis.
September 28, 2008 |
Say you're on a business trip in Atlanta and your White Sox are playing a key late-season game. Or you are visiting your in-laws in Seattle and your beloved Ohio State men's basketball team is battling rival Michigan. The odds of finding those games on TV are nil, but a new Web site ups the odds that you can find such games and a group of people who have the same rooting interests as you, no matter where you are. SportsFanLive.com, which launched last month, is designed to allow fans of virtually any team to find a bar or restaurant where the games they care about are being watched.
May 23, 2008 |
There's an irony in the title of the documentary "Surfwise" that may not immediately be apparent. Because this story of a man who, as a TV news segment explains, "gave up being a doctor to travel with his family in a tiny camper from one wave to another," is an honest look at a complicated human situation, it turns out to be a darker film than might be expected. That family consists of 85-year-old Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz, his wife, Juliette, and their nine children (eight sons and a daughter).