The New Yorker

Articles from Vol. 80, No. 20, 2004

ALL THAT YOU CAN BE; CHEST OUT, STOMACH IN Series: 3/5
There has been a great deal of speculation recently that the government might reinstate the draft at some point, in order to replenish the nation's armed forces. Military and government officials have, for the most part, dismissed such talk. As Secretary...
Blue Hill at Stone Barns;
630 Bedford Rd., Pocantico Hills, N.Y. (914-366-9600)--The news, this spring, of the opening of Daniel and David Barber's co-venture with David Rockefeller in organic farming and dining was of sufficient promise to send normally immobile New Yorkers...
Briefly Noted;
This Man's Army, by Andrew Exum (Gotham; $25). Two years ago, at the age of twenty-three, Exum led a platoon into combat in Afghanistan. He wasn't a typical soldier: an Ivy League graduate with a double major in classics and English, he voted for Gore...
CAMARADERIE; THE OLD BALLGAME Series: 5/5
Ralph Kiner, the Hall of Fame ballplayer who has been a Mets broadcaster for four decades, showed up at Shea Stadium early the other day for one of the interleague games against the Yankees. He stopped in at his usual center of operations--the Mets'...
Damage Control; Campaign Journal
During the loneliest days of his campaign for the Democratic Presidential nomination, last December, when he was trailing Al Sharpton in some polls and reporters covering the race were placing bets that he'd drop out before the first voters were heard...
Emotional Rescue; on Television
It seems incredible now that there was ever a time when you might have walked by a firehouse in New York City and not thought about the lives of the people who worked inside, even if your lack of attention was in some ways a form of respect, an acknowledgment...
In the Hiding Zone; a Reporter at Large
Khalid Wazir, who is thirty and wears his hair in a mini-pompadour, twirls the tips of his mustache when he's ner-vous. The habit was little in evidence when I first met him, two years ago, through his cousins, a family of generous Wazirs who had befriended...
Much Ado in Messina; the Theatre
The idiosyncratic, perpetually boyish, and unequivocally American actor Sam Waterston is giving the performance of his career as the alternately loving, baffled, and furious patriarch Leonato in Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" (at the Delacorte...
Nerd Camp; Annals of Childhood
Another Saturday afternoon, and time again for Mandatory Fun. The High Math boys were sprawled on a patch of grass in front of their dormitory, waiting glumly for the games to begin. It was summer in Baltimore, and the wettest spring in memory had left...
NO. 1 AUTHORITY; SECOND FIDDLE DEPT. Series: 4/5
In the early nineteen-eighties, Paul Light, who was then an assistant professor of political science at the University of Virginia, was advised by his faculty mentor to examine the changing nature of the American Vice-Presidency. "You know, it was kind...
Seeing and Reading; the Art World
Ed Ruscha, whose work is currently on view at the Whitney in a retrospective of his drawings, "Cotton Puffs, Q-Tips, Smoke and Mirrors," and in a show of his well-known photographic books and far less familiar photographs, "Ed Ruscha and Photography,"...
SOCIAL MOBILITY; COMMENT Series: 1/5
One of the stranger sights in the city this summer is the bicycle taxi. Strictly speaking, it should be called a tricycle taxi, since it consists of a strong-thighed young man--there seem to be few women in the guild--on a contraption with a saddle and...
Swede Smell of Success; Pop Notes
The Hives' new record, Tyrannosaurus Hives (Interscope), kicks off with the ninety-second-long "Abra Cadaver," an anti-wage-slave anthem that is louder and faster than anything on their 2000 album, "Veni Vidi Vicious." At first, it sounds like the Swedish...
Teen Jobs; the Current Cinema
Maria (Catalina Sandino Moreno), the heroine of the superb independent film "Maria Full of Grace," arrives early in life at an awful moment of decision: she must either take a big risk with her future or fall into the nullity of routine, perhaps forever....
The Outsiders; Letter from South Boston
The Church of Saints Peter and Paul in South Boston has had its share of both bedevilment and blessings. A grand gray building, a pile of granite chunks pierced by Gothic arches and topped with a copper-clad bell tower, was erected in 1844 and dedicated...
THE PET GOAT APPROACH; DEPT. OF EDUCATION Series: 2/5
Although you do not know his name, Siegfried (Zig) Engelmann is one of the most talked-about authors in the country right now. His most prominent work, which you have not read, is a story for second graders. It begins, "A girl got a pet goat."Engelmann's...
Twice Collected; Books
American poetry lovers have of late been treated to two sandbag-size volumes of collected poems: those of James Merrill, edited by J. D. McClatchy and Stephen Yenser, and those of Robert Lowell, edited by Frank Bidart and David Gewanter. The more slender...
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