November 25, 2009 |
As Thanksgiving approaches, my friends at home are pondering how to endure holiday feasting and still slip into their size 0s, even though the wafer silhouette is overdue to be replaced as an ideal in these dire times. I have been away from Manhattan only five months and, suddenly, I want amplitude. Living in Italy, where all the women seem genetically curvaceous and not so troubled by extra flesh, natural ectomorphs like me seem like wraiths of the financial apocalypse. I just don't fit in among these robust specimens.
September 29, 2004 |
Kidnappers in Iraq freed seven hostages Tuesday, releasing two female Italian aid workers who were abducted from their home three weeks ago, two of the women's Iraqi colleagues and three Egyptian employees of a local cellphone company. The releases, which come after beheadings of several foreign hostages, raised hopes that other captives in Iraq might be freed. At least 18 foreigners, including a Briton, two Frenchmen and 10 Turks, are believed to be in captivity.
April 5, 2012 |
As a studious girl in a small Italian town, Giulia Giupponi drew no inspiration from the women on the glowing box in her living room. The ones who giggled and jiggled while wearing next to nothing. Who simpered and cooed over male TV hosts more than twice their age. Who strutted, bent over, kneeled, pouted, blew kisses. "If I think about women I could see when I was 15 or 16 on television, I can think only of showgirls," says Giupponi, who's 23 and about to earn a master's degree in economics.
June 21, 1990
Italian men's passion for the World Cup is shared by more than 10 million Italian women, and most of the country's children are being allowed to stay up late to watch games, according to television ratings issued today. Viewing figures released by the state television network RAI showed nearly 83% of children aged 4 to 14 watched Italy beat Czechoslovakia on Wednesday. The game ended just before 11 p.m. local time. More than 70% of women viewers, or 10.
September 15, 1989
After reading "For Asians in U.S., a New Focus On Eye Surgery" (by Irene Chang, Aug. 22), I was shocked that UCLA is promoting courses on this trivial surgery. UCLA is a publicly supported institution and I am incensed that my state tax money is being spent on this training. The entire plastic surgery industry has gotten out of line. Physicians trained at taxpayer expense are taking advantage of people's insecurities to fatten their own wallets. They would do better using their skills to treat real illnesses instead of encouraging this needless mutilation.
May 3, 1987 |
Which men and women, by national origin, are the most seductive in the world? A recent Associated Press story from Paris reports that Europeans picked Italian men and French women. On the face of it, the question is foolish; men and all women everywhere, judging by the world birthrate, are seductive. What I want to know, though, is how Italian men know that French women are more seductive, and how French women know that Italian men are more seductive.