April 11, 2013 |
He escaped civilization in 1986 but had to steal from it to survive: packaged food, clothes. Officials said locals used to put supplies out on their porches for him so at least the North Pond hermit wouldn't enter their homes. That must have been fine for him. Maine winters are unforgiving yet he seemed to fear attention more than the cold. He always traveled at night so no one would see him. He piled on sleeping bags instead of starting fires. It worked. He said he had not been sick in 27 years.
July 19, 2012
Re "N. Korea's Kim makes his mark with an ax," July 17 The ouster of its military chief may signal an end toNorth Korea's"military first" policy, or it may be simply a capstone in Kim Jong Un's rise to power. Changes in women's dress have also prompted speculation about the route Kim has chosen for his country. Is it a road that will allow a woman to wear a skirt while riding a bike, or is the change simply an attempt by communist fashionistas to usher in a new era of leadership?
March 4, 2011 |
Around the world, authoritarian regimes have tried to keep their citizens from hearing news of the protests raging throughout the Middle East and in their own countries. Some have tried shutting down cellphone and Internet service, but that has only sparked new flames of anger and discontent. Even the Chinese government, which has unleashed the most sophisticated Internet blocking system in the world, can't contain all the information and chatter on countless websites, social networks and blogs.
February 15, 2011 |
The Disney Channel programming block formerly known as Playhouse Disney and now rebranded as Disney Junior, to what imagined benefit I don't know, fires off its first new cartoon Monday, "Jake and the Never Land Pirates. " A "Peter Pan"-derived series for the 2-to-7 set that features neither the willful Peter nor his jealous pal Tinkerbell (busy with her own DVD franchise), it offers instead a trio of multicolored yet deracinated small fry whose tropical playtime is repeatedly interrupted by the meddlesome Captain Hook (voice of Corey Burton, channeling Hook 1, Hans Conried)
October 24, 2010 |
The Witch of Hebron A Novel James Howard Kunstler Atlantic Monthly Press: 334 pp., $24 Provided you make it out the other side of the apocalypse, what is it about today that you'll miss the most? In James Howard Kunstler's new novel, "The Witch of Hebron," which is set "in the not-distant future," a minor character known as the hermit mentally rhapsodizes over a long-gone pleasure, "the gigantic batter-dipped, deep-fried sweet onion he used to order on weekend nights in the old times" at the "Outback restaurant.
September 29, 2010
The top leadership of the Workers' Party in North Korea meets once every 30 years whether it needs to or not. The congress that opened Tuesday is the party's highest-level assembly since 1980, and seems to have been called to anoint a successor to "Dear Leader" Kim Jong Il ? presumably his youngest son, Kim Jong Eun. The little Dear, who is twentysomething, was promoted just before the meeting to the military rank of four-star general , according to the country's official news media, which also happen to be the only news media in Kim-controlled North Korea.