July 21, 1999 |
Yankee Ingenuity Bureau: Snooping through other people's medicine cabinets is losing its thrill. More and more hosts are now hiding their Viagra, Preparation H, Prozac and other embarrassing medications before guests arrive. So as a substitute we recommend peeking inside their major appliances. For example, in New England, 35% of residents use refrigerators to store dead animals, according to a study by Energy Star, a consortium of New England utility companies.
January 13, 2000 |
All About Love: New Visions By bell hooks William Morrow 237 pages, $22 * As bell hooks points out early in her book of essays on love, intellectuals and cultural critics are usually the last people one would expect to write about love.
March 8, 2009 |
Quick: What do rocker Melissa Etheridge, self-help guru M. Scott Peck and troubled insurance giant AIG have in common? Answer: A common misreading of one of America's most famous poems. All have made use of a line from Robert Frost's 1916 poem, "The Road Not Taken," to label their work, or their image, or both. The poem, in which the narrator stands in a "yellow wood" and ponders which of two paths to take, ends, "I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference."
July 23, 1995 |
I cannot say it surprised me to read in Gail Sheehy's "New Passages" that the syndrome she termed "Catch-30 for Couples" in "Passages," her best-selling book published in 1970, could now be termed "Catch-40 for Couples." Sheehy has long been established, after all, as a writer with a facility for what some might describe as beaming light on a murky path and what others may view as taking old cliches and making new cliches of them.
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April 21, 2001 |
As the baseball season gets under way, sports fans can read insiders' accounts of the team that won nine National League pennants and five World Series championships in Steve Delsohn's latest oral history, "True Blue: The Dramatic History of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Told by the Men Who Lived It" (William Morrow, $24).
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October 8, 1996 |
Michael Levine is upset. He sees abandonment of personal responsibility as a very real threat to society. And he thinks that now is the time to spark a "prairie fire" of dialogue about the problem. So Levine has proposed that a Statue of Responsibility, akin to that more well-known statue in New York Harbor, be built on the West Coast to remind people that with liberty comes responsibility.
March 12, 1985 |
Trying to define the word love , I said the other day, could be more fun than Trivial Pursuit. Now Auriel Douglas, who happens to be writing a book on love, sends evidence that the word has been a trial for English lexicographers since dictionaries came into being. Ms. Douglas has been researching her book at the UCLA Research Library, that great and vastly underappreciated treasury of ours.