February 27, 1994 |
CUTTING FOR SIGN by William Langewiesche (Pantheon: $23; 247 pp.). "Cutting for sign," as the phrase is used by trackers, describes the act of following quarry--searching the land for footprints, tire treads, unsettled vegetation and other spoor left by the pursued. William Langewiesche, a correspondent for the Atlantic, in this skillfully written book, cuts for sign along the U.S.-Mexican border, looking to understand how it affects those who live along it.
November 19, 2002 |
The story of the folded blue jeans won't go away. It rankles the firefighters who read about it and say it just could not have happened, not in all the chaos of the collapsing twin towers of the World Trade Center, not with people jumping to their deaths from offices. Yet there it is, vividly described in William Langewiesche's much-lauded "American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center." As Langewiesche describes the event, a fire truck is pulled from the rubble of the World Trade Center.
May 9, 2004 |
Troll: A Love Story Johanna Sinisalo Translated from the Finnish by Herbert Lomas Grove Press: 278 pp., $12 paper Those Finns. Remember the Rachel Ingalls novel "Mrs. Caliban" about the housewife who fell in love with the giant sea monster? In "Troll," young Angel, an ad photographer, finds a baby troll on the street, brings it home and falls in love with it. First, the problem of what to feed a baby troll. Second, how to hide it from the prying eyes of neighbors.
May 20, 2007 |
WRITING from Iraq for Vanity Fair last November, in a posting titled "Rules of Engagement," journalist William Langewiesche began with the Euphrates and enumerated the towns strung along it in Al Anbar province: Fallujah, Ramadi, Hit, Haditha. Of the last, he noted, "Snipers permitting, you can walk it top to bottom in less than an hour, allowing time enough to stone the dogs.
June 17, 1998 |
"Flying is another way of thinking" declares William Langewiesche, a writer who, as a former commercial pilot, thought as he flew. Rather than gym or civics, he suggests, high schools might offer lessons in the para-sail--a cloth wing with steering ropes, and the closest thing to bird flight. Gliding at bicycle speed 60 feet above the ground, there could be "an entire generation in which people truly had learned to see themselves from above."
November 17, 2002 |
Several weeks ago, taking advantage of the recently restored service on the No. 1 subway line, I rode past the World Trade Center stop on my way down to Rector Street. Imposing metallic barriers have been erected at the edge of the platforms to block the passenger's vista. I was reminded of the zombie-like quality of the abandoned East Berlin U-Bahn stations en route to the checkpoint at Friedrichstrasse before the Berlin Wall's fall.