March 28, 1999 |
One knows early on one is reading a classic--a text so necessary and abundant and true that all efforts of its kind, for decades before and after it, will be measured by it. It is the writing, of course.
May 6, 2007 |
ONE of the few books I ever stayed up all night to read was "Knowledge and Wonder: The Natural World as Man Knows It," by the late great physicist Victor Weisskopf. In clear, simple prose, it introduced me to atoms and stars, crystals and metals, cells and life. All basic stuff: no black holes, no extra dimensions, no astonishing feats of genetic engineering. Nothing, in short, new.
June 10, 1988 |
Natural Obsessions: The Search for the Oncogene by Natalie Angier (Houghton Mifflin: $19.95; 375 pages) Sometimes at the movies it seems that you have to sit through several minutes of credits--a Such-and-Such production of a So-and-So film, and so forth--before you get to the title. The names of the people and their placement in the pecking order sometimes seem to get more attention than the picture that follows. This concern about massaging people's egos is hardly unique to the movie business.
January 24, 2008
1. REBIRTH OF THE COOL: It might not have the visibility -- or the performance schedule -- of Wynton Marsalis' Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. But in terms of soloists, creative arrangements and the sheer ability to swing, the Luckman Jazz Orchestra is second to nobody's ensemble. The always stimulating music of Miles Davis (above) is on the menu for this rare appearance by the orchestra, conducted by the versatile saxophonist Charles Owens. 8 p.m. Sat.
February 13, 2005 |
When Susan Sontag died recently, she was mourned as America's leading female intellectual. So the question naturally arose: Is there anyone to take her place? If you can't come up with many names, you're in good company. The list is short. This wasn't always the case.