2009-07-17

Date: 
Friday, July 17, 2009

One Damn Peak after Another

On May 8, 2008, a Tibetan woman carried the Olympic torch to the top of Mount Everest. Sixteen days later, two Australians became the first mother-daughter team to...

Isn't It Romantic?

Though he died more than a century and a half ago, everyone knows what Beethoven looked like. We need only turn to the comic strip Peanuts, where his instantly...

The Trouble with Henry

When gathering material for his new book, Alistair Horne was warned by Brent Scowcroft, a longtime colleague of Henry Kissinger’s, that “Henry could tell the same...

Restrung

“Lord Jesus Christ...look not on our sins, but on the faith of your church.” During his more than half-century as a priest, Rembert Weakland has prayed these words...

I Am Awake

Finally, in late June, the village sent a patrol car to sit at the cemetery gate and keep the kids away. Until then, there had been parties at Jake Barry’s grave....

Euclid Comes to Coffee

What sort of morning was Euclid having when he first considered parallel lines? Or that business about how things equal to the same thing are equal to...

After "the War on Terror"

“What if they gave a war and no one came?” read a bumper sticker popular during the Vietnam War. Today’s version might ask, What if they gave a war on terror and no...

What Remains

At our regular lunch date, my friend N told me she has been diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s disease. Oh no, I cried inside, beset by pangs of grief—for N, for her...

Rules of the Road

­On May 29, three days before General Motors filed for bankruptcy, Marc Ambinder of the Atlantic warned that the Obama administration was “rewriting the rules...

Change They Can Believe In?

I made my first-ever campaign contribution to an Indian candidate in the recent national elections here—the world’s biggest: more than 417 million ballots were cast...

Iran vs. Iran

People across the world, and especially across the Middle East, were surprised and inspired when millions of Iranians took to the streets to protest the disputed...

The war at home, Teilhard, sex & more

KINDREDWhat a delight to read the article “Tours of Duty” by Barbara Mujica (June 5). The story arrived on the first day of my son’s fourth deployment. It truly is...