The New Yorker

Articles from Vol. 80, No. 16, 2004

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360 Van Brunt St. (718-246-0360)--"Fish salty enough for you?" Jorge Riera, the manager of this Red Hook French restaurant, groused when he caught a customer overseasoning his dish. Riera and the owner, Arnaud Erhart, both burly and bearded, run the...
A DEMOCRATIC IRAQ?; THE ABSENTEE BALLOT Series: 3/5
In late April, a group of Americans serving in Iraq sent a letter to John Kerry, appealing to the candidate as both an ex-soldier and a peace seeker. It read, in part, "Put bluntly: we believe you need to get over here, suck in some sand and sweat a...
Blocked; a Critic at Large
"Yesterday was my Birth Day," Coleridge wrote in his notebook in 1804, when he was thirty-two. "So completely has a whole year passed, with scarcely the fruits of a month.--O Sorrow and Shame. . . . I have done nothing!" It was true. Most of the poems...
[ Briefly Noted ];
The Rule of Four, by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason (Dial; $24). A Princeton student has only twenty-four hours to complete his senior thesis--hardly the nail-biting stuff of thrillers, except that the thesis in question purports to solve the mystery...
Hector and Charles; Classical Notes
Among the many composers whose anniversaries are being celebrated this season, Berlioz and Ives--the thin-skinned Parisian sophisticate and the flinty Connecticut curmudgeon--are a likelier pair than one might think. Both were haunted by the culture...
HOMECOMING, WITH TURTLE; HOLIDAYS Series: 1/5
That summer! Eleven years ago, and I still remember every bit of it. Me and the girlfriend had decided to spend our vacation in Santo Domingo, a big milestone for me, one of the biggest, really: my first time "home" in nearly twenty years. (Blame it...
Lost in Translation; Books
In the course of a distinguished academic career at the University of London and at Princeton, Bernard Lewis has never been afraid to dip his scholarly hands in the muck of current affairs. A mentor to Henry (Scoop) Jackson in the early nineteen-seventies,...
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY; COMMENT Series: 1/5
One of the sillier interludes of the current campaign season--or seasons, since the damn thing is going to end up spreading across all four by the time it gets through with us--was the mini-flap over when John Kerry would "accept" the Democratic nomination...
NIGHTTIME IN THE POOL; HOLIDAYS Series: 2/5
Student days, summer in the Tropics. We were four: me and my wife, my wife's sister, Linda, and Linda's husband, Scottie. For a month, we had been travelling in Belize and Guatemala, having taken the bus from Belize City through Belmopan and up across...
OUT OF THE WOODS; HOLIDAYS Series: 5/5
It was an awful house. A broker would have called it a charming Swiss chalet; what it should have been called, really, was a dingy A-frame, mud-brown, damp, afflicted with an air of unrelieved gloom. An ad might have claimed that it was nestled in the...
PERK HOGS; THE FINANCIAL PAGE Series: 5/5
In the 1957 comedy "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" the late Tony Randall played an adman yearning to ascend the corporate ladder. Rock Hunter wants more authority and a higher salary, of course, but he's really after something more tangible: the key...
Smorgasbord; the Current Cinema
The social life of the moviegoer, rarely effervescent, is about to lose more of its sparkle. Film Forum is presenting a six-week retrospective, through July 1st, of the work of Ingmar Bergman. Not to plan a pilgrimage to Houston Street would be graceless,...
THE NEW PORTRAIT; YOU LOOK MARVELLOUS DEPT. Series: 4/5
Those who bemoan the navel-gazing tendencies of contemporary art will be relieved to know that in some precincts the forces that shaped Velazquez, Gainsborough, and Sargent--patronage and vanity--still drive innovations in the market. Several months...
The Prince of Possibility; Life and Letters
In 1964, Ken Kesey was working in a cabin so deep in the redwoods south of San Francisco that its indifferently painted interior walls seemed to grow seaweed instead of mold. Despite its glass doors, the cabin held the winter light for little more than...
The Uncertainty Principle; on Television
I'm so ashamed. Two new series are going head to head this summer on Tuesdays at nine. One of them, "The Jury," on Fox, is a serious drama made by people who have won Oscars, Emmys, and Peabody Awards, which focusses on juries in New York City's criminal...
TRAIN IN VAIN; HOLIDAYS Series: 4/5
My father's agoraphobia made leaving the house a spooky and ritualistic process, ruled by mysterious tempers, but with enough drugs it sometimes happened, and we were off, the whole family, on vacation! The very drugs that loosened his nerves and made...
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