May 12, 1998 |
Beauty? The gold standard used to be a famous actress or a fabled princess. Today, any teenager can measure her all-too-human self against the icy perfection of airbrushed photographs of supermodels. Truth? There was a time when--unless you lived in the Soviet Union, where political nonpersons were famously excised from official photographs--you could reasonably assume that photos were an accurate form of documentation.
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July 6, 1997 |
A good workout doesn't guarantee a sounder night's sleep. The idea that people need sleep to recover from the wear and tear of exercise is overrated, a researcher says. "The evidence shows exercise just does not have that much effect on sleep," said researcher Shawn Youngsted of UC San Diego. Youngsted's review, a meta-analysis, culled 38 studies and pooled data from 401 research subjects to cover just about all phases of sleep from nodding off to waking up.
April 13, 1996
And the winner in the most backhanded compliment category is . . . film critic Jack Mathews! One need not even be a Cher fan to be offended by the cheap shot Mathews took on her in his review of the film "Faithful" ("The Wife, Her Husband and the Hitman He Hired," April 3). Mathews notes that if the film "works at all it is a tribute to Cher's own tough image," then rudely slams Cher's physical appearance as a result of "so much cosmetic surgery." Were the physical appearance integral to and incongruous with the film, say, Emma Thompson's recent portrayal of a historical figure 16 to 18 years her junior, that might justifiably merit mention.
January 19, 1994 |
Look closely at the face of William Jefferson Clinton. Are those the lines of last year's budget battle across his brow? The bungled nominations of Zoe Baird, Lani Guinier and, now, Bobby Inman; the embarrassments in Somalia and Haiti; the uphill struggle over NAFTA--have they added to the baggage under his eyes and turned his well-trimmed thatch of salt and pepper just a trifle saltier? Those who have scrutinized our 42nd President during his first year are divided.
August 2, 1992
I'm PC, you're PC. Some terms for our politically correct age, with help from "Are You PC?" (Ten Speed Press). animal companion n .: pet. "Sappho, my animal companion, barfed all over the apartment while I was on vacation." differently sized adj.: overweight. gynephobia n. : fear of women.: "Life would certainly be different if there weren't so many gynephobes in Congress." handism n .: bias against left-handers. lookism n .
February 13, 1989 |
I had gone to an Irish pub in Clairemont with a friend to listen to the occasionally mournful, sometimes raunchy tunes and tip a few beers. But, after a few minutes, the conversation among a group of five young immigrants standing next to our table proved more interesting than the music. The men with thick Irish accents were all soccer players in the United States illegally on expired visas.