April 11, 2010
Fiction 1. The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson ($15.95) 2. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson ($14.95) 3. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann ($15) 4. Little Bee by Chris Cleave ($14) 5. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks ($7.99) 6. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick ($14.95) 7. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan ($7.99) 8. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese ($15.
May 1, 2004
In "A Flood of U.S. Corn Rips at Mexico" (Commentary, April 23), Michael Pollan blames American farmers for destroying the viability of Mexico's corn industry. But the Mexican agriculture sector is thriving. The central premise of his article is wrong. The U.S. sells mostly yellow corn that goes into animal feed for Mexico's beef, pork and poultry production. Corn produced by Mexican farmers is mostly white corn for human consumption. The small amount of U.S.-produced white corn sold to Mexico for human consumption offsets production deficits due to unrealized production, droughts or other factors.
April 27, 2004
"Still on Catastrophe's Edge" (Commentary, April 26) ended with the comment that "a clear road map for nuclear disarmament should be established." The road map is in Article VI of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. It calls for an end to the nuclear arms race, nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament "under strict and effective international control." President Kennedy presented the American-Soviet (McCloy-Zorin) program to achieve that goal in his address to the United Nations on Sept.
September 12, 2012 |
What to do if you don't like/disagree with the findings of a scientific study? For some, it appears that the answer is to start a petition to have the study retracted, and to accuse the researchers of bias and being in the pay of nefarious industry concerns. After days of heated reaction to a study published last week about organic foods, north of 2,900 people have signed the petition, at change.org, calling for the paper to be withdrawn. Here are the nuts and bolts of the report by Stanford University scientists, which was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine : The researchers pooled together studies addressing the health benefits of organic and conventionally grown foods.
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July 6, 1997 |
An article about opium poppies got Harper's magazine banned from a federal prison in Florida. The high-toned literary magazine's April cover story, "Opium, Made Easy," chronicles author Michael Pollan's passage from innocent gardener to potential felon last summer as he learned how easily opium could be made from poppies growing in his yard.
November 5, 2012 |
PROP. 37 SUPPORT SLIDES: September polls showed more than 61% of likely voters were in favor of Prop. 37, the ballot initiative that calls for labeling foods made with genetically modified ingredients. But a month later, support has fallen by 17 points .... An estimate says the No on Prop. 37 campaign has outspent the competition by $37 million. [NBC News] CAMPAIGN MONEY: Who's funding the for and against? Plus, a Prop. 37 cheat sheet . [KCET] OP-ED IN OPPOSITION: The back and forth between those who support and oppose Prop.
June 1, 2008 |
As DIRECTOR of the Hammer Museum at UCLA for the last nine years, Anne Philbin has spearheaded an abundance of memorable exhibits, including "Lee Bontecou: A Retrospective" in 2003, the current Kara Walker exhibit and brought Jean Prouve's "A Tropical House" to the museum's courtyard in 2005, just to name a few. This summer's upcoming exhibit on modern architect John Lautner, "Between Earth and Heaven," has been several years in the making and is...