July 28, 2013
If you've ever tried to submit a poem to Opinion, you've probably gotten a reply noting that we simply don't print poetry. We didn't print the poem that came in the shape of the World Trade Center towers after 9/11; we didn't print the poem that came in this month after the Trayvon Martin verdict; and we didn't print any of the hundreds of poems that came in between those events. But we've decided to make a one-time exception. We are inviting Op-Poetry submissions from readers, and on Sunday, Aug. 25, we'll devote a page of our print section to the best of what comes in. And we'll feature more of it on the Opinion website.
March 25, 2010 |
Interesting timing, the Lakers playing the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday after Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi recently posited that Kevin Durant had passed Kobe Bryant as the NBA's second-best player behind LeBron James .… Apparently no fan of the Lakers star, Taibbi also called Bryant a "demented three-faced narcissist." … Three-faced narcissists must have trouble with mirrors.… Just when everybody seemed ready to bury him, Ron Artest was at his struttin', stealin', swaggerin' best Wednesday.
August 17, 2012 |
As someone who writes a lot about court decisions, I can vouch for the fact that actually reading the opinions can spoil the fun. A court's rationale is often more complicated and technical than the first takeaway from the decision would suggest. Sometimes, it's true, the jurisprudential rigmarole is just a rationalization for an outcome-driven discussion, but that happens less often than cynics think. I offer these observations to explain why I'm less outraged than some people about a Pennsylvania judge's refusal to block implementation of that state's voter ID law -- a law, I think, that is mischievous and politically motivated.
June 24, 2010
In 1996, the year he officially (if temporarily) retired, celebrated French chef Joël Robuchon identified Ferran Adrià as his "heir" in an interview on the French television station TF1 and called him "the best cook on the planet." This caused an unimaginable scandal in France and reportedly induced much hair-tearing on the part of other prominent French chefs who had thought that maybe they were in line for the succession. What did Robuchon really mean? In an article about Adrià and the avant-garde in Spain appearing in the New York Times Magazine in 2003, Arthur Lubow wrote that when he asked Robuchon about the incident, "he backpedaled a little, saying carefully, 'Ferran is the best cook in the world for technique.
January 30, 2005
I purchase The Times every Sunday. The main reason is to read the Opinion section. One can find most of the usual daily news in almost any mainstream newspaper. Insightful editorial content, however, is often missing. But I note a discouraging tendency in your Opinion section. You are now featuring cartoons. In the Jan. 23 edition, I count almost one-third of the section constituted of cartoons. I like to read the funnies about as much as most people, and I think Michael Ramirez's offerings are great.
March 8, 2010 |
The designers of the Constitution were a literate bunch of Enlightenment thinkers. They lived in the time of the printed word and the close argument. We, on the other hand, live in the age of YouTube, talk radio, reality TV, cable news and the 30-second attack ad. A constant barrage of public opinion polls -- Gallup, Zogby, NBC News/Wall Street Journal, New York Times/CBS News -- tells us what we think. Well, maybe. On big issues -- what should California do to balance its books and avoid insolvency, for example -- it is important that the public weigh in. But if public knowledge is only skin deep, asking Californians what they want to do is similar to asking your 8-year-old to help drive the winding mountain road to Yosemite National Park.