March 9, 2008 |
You don't always find genius where you expect it. The highway to Tobacco Road Golf Club, the masterpiece of maverick golf course architect Mike Strantz, passes used RV lots, the Lady Luck Tattoo parlor and the standard American jumble of fast-food restaurants and gas stations. This dazzling course occupies an abandoned quarry between scraggly cotton fields and an asphalt-manufacturing plant. When I moved to the Carolinas from California more than a decade ago, I had never heard of Strantz.
HOME & GARDEN
February 28, 2008 |
IN the new movie "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day," Amy Adams plays an entirely delectable American starlet looking for love and fame in pre-World War II London. Her performance lives up to her character's name, Delysia (say it out loud: dee-LEE-see-ah), and indeed, the apartment she inhabits is as scrumptious as a box of fine, liqueur-infused French chocolates. "We used every beautiful texture you can get," production designer Sarah Greenwood, an Oscar nominee for "Atonement," says of the London set for "Miss Pettigrew.
December 2, 2007 |
Kashgar, China After 36 hours, three flights and two sleeping pills, I arrived in the western Chinese city of Kashgar. It was 10 p.m., and the sun was only starting to set when I disembarked on the runway, collected my bags from the airport's single conveyor belt and boarded a barely functioning minibus for town.
November 3, 2007 |
In ways both concrete and intangible, the music of the Icelandic experimental rock band Sigur Ros and the lunar grandeur of the isolated nation that spawned it share certain common traits.
October 5, 2007 |
If it weren't for the parched hillsides, strolling through Big Sycamore Canyon might seem a little like strolling through a Bolivian jungle. The wild parakeets, after all, lend an exotic flavor to a tree-lined fire road that delves long into Point Mugu State Park. In fact, with the surrounding landscape so brown, the communal birds provide a stark contrast as they swarm about in lustrous green flocks.
August 5, 2007 |
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska Dig! Pull! Harder, harder! Go! Go!," chided leader Karen Jettmar. She pushed us, five in each rubber boat, to reach down and grab a last thrust of energy that would drive the two bulky rafts ashore on Icy Reef, an exposed, narrow gravel bar. We were trying to cross the Kongakut River delta against the biting sting of a sleet-laced westerly that had blown in off the Beaufort Sea. On its windward flank,...
August 5, 2007 |
Dig! Pull! Harder, harder! Go! Go!," chided leader Karen Jettmar. She pushed us, five in each rubber boat, to reach down and grab a last thrust of energy that would drive the two bulky rafts ashore on Icy Reef, an exposed, narrow gravel bar. We were trying to cross the Kongakut River delta against the biting sting of a sleet-laced westerly that had blown in off the Beaufort Sea. On its windward flank, the Beaufort roared with short, steep waves and flying spindrift.
July 13, 2007 |
After a year on the hot seat as president and chief executive of the Public Broadcasting Service, Paula Kerger admitted this week that she was "still trembling" as she answered questions from reporters and critics. She had this to say about the network's most controversial issues: * Ken Burns' much-anticipated 14- or 15-hour (or 14 1/2 -hour) documentary, "The War," is still being edited, but it will have three new stories from the Latino and Native American perspectives woven through it.
July 13, 2007 |
Writers at the gathering received an odd but endearing piece of swag from PBS: a Jane Austen action figure. After 200 years of literary acclaim, it's come to this: a toy that moves stiffly, carries a quill, a writing desk and a tiny copy of "Pride and Prejudice." Of course there's more: Starting in January, "Masterpiece Theater" will be showing an Austen extravaganza, "The Complete Jane Austen" -- new productions of "Mansfield Park," "Northanger Abbey," "Persuasion" and "Sense and Sensibility."