April 22, 1996 |
Flashing a boyish smile, John Box admits to being something of a rebel. Rather than ask for help, he once tried to go down a flight of stairs in his wheelchair and toppled end over end. He once brandished a squirt gun at the mall and fired at gawkers. Today, Box wants us to stare. His company, the wheelchair maker Colours by Permobil, has launched a provocative national ad campaign intended to make everyone take a good long look at people in chairs.
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December 22, 1995 |
First, Sharon Arnstein heard the roar. Then the white-capped waves crashed against a makeshift barrier, leaving an unwelcome calling card at her sandbagged front door Thursday--the season's first trickle of flood water. "We're lucky," said Arnstein, watching the 7:50 a.m. high tide from her second-story balcony. "If that barrier wasn't here today, then we'd be under water, no question." Residents in the tiny beachfront community of Surfside kept an anxious watch on the 7.
December 1, 1995 |
At Thomas Solomon's Garage, Jason Young's paintings are pretty in a sleazy sort of way. Like many emerging artists who are loath to embrace beauty but unwilling to give it up, he straddles the poles of attraction and repulsion. That he doesn't trip all over himself doing it is impressive and seemingly more than just dumb luck. That's not to say that Young's animal-skin paintings aren't trendy. They are, in the manner of this season's must-have animal-skin dress by Dolce & Gabbana.
November 3, 1995 |
Director David Fincher's idea for the opening credits of "Seven" was a twisted but oh-so-clever one--a metaphor for the film itself. Fincher was hoping to grab audiences by the collar as soon as the first credit rolled and hold on tight for the duration of the film.
October 27, 1995 |
The Afghan government said Thursday that its forces repelled a big overnight offensive on Kabul by the Islamic Taliban movement, which seeks to topple President Burhanuddin Rabbani. Taliban suffered heavy casualties, with 90 killed in the main battle at strategic Sangi Nawishta ridge, the official Kabul Radio said. Some bodies were left lying on the battlefield. No immediate comment was available from Taliban.
August 7, 1995 |
A cockroach is floating in your orange juice. A friend mentions that she changes her underwear just once a week. You accidentally touch the ashes of a cremated body. Is your stomach turning yet? The uniquely human condition of disgust is what drives researchers Paul Rozin, Clark McCauley and Jonathan Haidt. "Disgust is a universal emotion," said McCauley, a professor at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. "It's a powerful form of socialization that goes beyond reason.
July 7, 1995 |
How do you make millions of people scream? Steve Johnson needed a few pairs of pantyhose. No, Johnson's Sun Valley company, XFX, wasn't crafting the special effects for "Attack of the Killer Nylons." But women's hose did come to the rescue for Johnson while making the alien hybrid for the film "Species," a Roger Donaldson-directed thriller starring Ben Kingsley, which opens today.
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August 22, 1994 |
Just a moment before the auction, bidders had begun to shine flashlight beams into a 5-by-7-foot rental storage room, looking at the outside of cardboard boxes for clues to their contents. It was not until top bidder Ed Zaharoff had loaded the containers into his van that he noticed small, jagged holes in the bottoms of his new boxed belongings. And it was not until he started driving that he heard the screeches.
June 9, 1994 |
At Christopher Grimes Gallery, Lisa Yuskavage is showing paintings of doe-eyed females who are less pulchritudinous than pathetic. Here are Vargas girls minus the sex appeal, Barbies minus the soignee proportions, post-adolescent Kewpie dolls minus the pedophiliac charm. Like Hostess Twinkies, these girl-creatures consecrate themselves to the task of seduction, yet are only able to master repulsion. They are obscenely sweet, absurdly bloated and leave a distinctly chemical aftertaste.
September 19, 1993 |
Heeding Georgian leader Eduard Shevardnadze's plea for help in resisting Abkhazian rebels, about 2,000 volunteers took up battle stations Saturday in the besieged city of Sukhumi. Planes and buses ferried armed men and supplies from the Georgian capital of Tbilisi to Sukhumi, the provincial capital of Abkhazia. The former resort on the Black Sea is the last government stronghold in the separatist region.