October 18, 2013 |
Over the course of nine novels, Scott Turow's Kindle County has become one the best-known settings in American literature. While fictional locations are not uncommon in the crime genre - the city of Santa Teresa in Ross Macdonald's and, later, Sue Grafton's mysteries comes most readily to mind - Turow's character-driven legal thrillers are more aligned with the artistic vision of William Faulkner, whose novels and short stories are set in Yoknapatawpha County,...
September 21, 2012 |
BASEBALL URBAN LEGEND : Walter Johnson reenacted a mythical George Washington coin toss. Parson Weems' "A History of the Life and Death, Virtues and Exploits of General George Washington" invented what is perhaps the most famous George Washington anecdote, the tale of young George confessing to cutting down a cherry tree despite knowing that he would most likely be punished severely for his actions. However, Weems also invented a few other Washington anecdotes, including the time young George threw a silver dollar (since they didn't actually have silver dollars, it "must" have been a piece of slate the size of a silver dollar)
January 30, 2013 |
Attention dieters: Many of the “facts” you think you know about obesity and weight loss are wrong. So says a report published in Thursday's edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. An international team of dietitians, doctors and other experts examined more than a dozen ideas about obesity that are widely believed to be true but aren't actually supported by reliable medical evidence. It's not just dieters who buy into these mistaken notions, the study authors note - much of this incorrect conventional wisdom is espoused by physicians, academic scientists, government agencies and (gulp)
February 17, 2014 |
It's been snowing in the Eastern United States like nobody's business. Crazy, wild cold and snowstorms. Predicting the weather might be hard, but predicting that extreme cold weather will produce a lot of hot air from climate deniers is easy. In fact, the number of myths floating around about climate change is pretty extensive, and I thought it might be helpful to address them, one by one, over the course of the year. For today, though, snow and cold are on people's minds. And that means plenty of people saying that this is strong evidence, if not downright proof, that the planet is not heating up. There's an elegant, if not complete, counterargument that comes via MIT's Knight Science Journalism Tracker, one of my favorite daily blog reads.
November 16, 2011
Howard Cosell: The Man, the Myth, and the Transformation of American Sports Mark Ribowsky W.W. Norton: 512 pp., $29.95
May 1, 1992
In response to "More Women, Less Money" (April 19): It is refreshing to have my experiences in the corporate world confirmed. Throughout my education from elementary school on up, we were taught a myth: Both sexes are equal. When I started work with a Fortune 500 company with "lots of opportunities," I continued to be frustrated with the reality of very unequal opportunities in the workplace for women. ANGELIQUE HAISMAN Rancho Cucamonga
December 29, 1991
There may be a truth about the Kennedy assassination that we don't know, but we sure don't get it from Stone. He has said that the core of his position is the Abraham Zapruder film of the shooting, which he claims proves that the shot to Kennedy's head had to come from the front. While it is true that the President's head and body did undulate backward, a close look at the film shows that blood and other matter from the head shot burst out forward . Anyone who has seen films or stroboscopic pictures of bullet hits know that matter is ejected not from entry holes, but from exit holes, moving in the same direction as the bullet.
December 18, 2010 |
It's not unusual to hear about someone figuratively jumping into their work with both feet. Dr. Peter Lommer Kristensen did it literally. Kristensen, of the Hillerod Hospital in Hillerod, Denmark, and two of his colleagues investigated an old Danish myth that it is possible to get drunk by immersing your feet in alcohol. To do so, they soaked their feet in a washtub containing three bottles of vodka for three hours. They measured blood concentrations of alcohol every half-hour and rated themselves on a scale of 0 to 10 on self-confidence, urge to speak and the number of times they desired spontaneous hugs.
August 10, 1986
It seems to bother Leonard Feather inordinately that Jelly Roll Morton has achieved the status of jazz giant ("10 Long-Playing Myths Versus the Facts," Aug. 3). Feather's justification for debunking Myth No. 6--"The first great jazz composer-arranger was Jelly Roll Morton"--degenerates into a personal diatribe against the artist and a eulogy for Don Redman. Jelly Roll Morton died in 1941, so it is impossible to compare his accomplishments with Redman's after that date. Before then, and especially in the 1920s, I think Morton's compositions were more distinguished and his arrangements swung much more than Redman's.
March 25, 2011 |
It was the first inning, one runner aboard, the count at two balls and two strikes, and Tom Lovrich stared down the 19-year-old rookie batter. USC's junior ace didn't know much about him, except that he more than filled out his gray New York Yankees uniform. "He was a strong, country kid from Oklahoma," Lovrich said, recalling the legendary at-bat that took place 60 years ago Saturday. "Very strong. " Lovrich figured the rookie would chase something low and away for strike three, so the 6-foot-5 right-hander known as "Tall Tom" began his sidearm windup and fired.