The New Yorker

Articles from Vol. 79, No. 11, 2003

AN INSTRUMENTAL MAN DEPT. OF INVENTION Series: 4/5
Mark Stewart rarely leaves his apartment in Brooklyn without an instrument of his own design, usually a chaladoo. A chaladoo is a version of a chalumeau, a Baroque clarinet with finger holes instead of keys. The chaladoo has the profile of a bass clarinet,...
BUSHONOMICS COMMENT Series: 1/5
Economics has never been the Bush family's thing. The first President Bush was so bored by financial briefings that he sometimes dozed off during them. The second hasn't been caught napping yet, but it's fair to say that the economy isn't his favorite...
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The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage, by Paul Elie (Farrar, Straus & Giroux; $27). This long, unusual book consists of interleaved biographies of four mid-century American writersDorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Walker Percy, and...
Death of a Chef Annals of Gastronomy
Poularde Alexandre Dumaine, a two-hundred-and-sixty-seven-dollar chicken offered at La Cote d'Or, Bernard Loiseau's gastronomic temple in Burgundy, is filled with julienned leeks and carrots, lightly basted and seasoned with salt and pepper, and baked...
Fathers and Sons
The Yale professor of medicine Sherwin Nuland begins LOST IN AMERICA: A JOURNEY WITH MY FATHER (Knopf) by evoking the depression that in his forties so debilitated him that only one doctor protested against his being lobotomized. This was, he thinks,...
Joe and Pat's
1758 Victory Blvd., Staten Island (718-981-0887)--Best-pizza arguments may be as tedious as they are futile--there's the Patsy's contingent, the Grimaldi's contingent, and those lucky few who claim to know the exact identity of Original Ray--but the...
My Back Catalogue
Bob Dylan's late-seventies turn toward fundamentalist Christianity alienated much of his audience, but even many of those who were confused by Dylan's spiritual moves have come to reappraise the songs he wrote during that time. The rigid demands of the...
Pure Pleasure Sketchbook by Mark Ulriksen
Baseball joy can be fleeting--just ask George Steinbrenner--but there's a lot of it around in May. Just now, the Cubs, under their new manager, Dusty Baker, are in first place in their division; the Red Sox hang a bare three games behind the Yankees,...
Selective Intelligence Annals of National Security
They call themselves, self-mockingly, the Cabal--a small cluster of policy advisers and analysts now based in the Pentagon's Office of Special Plans. In the past year, according to former and present Bush Administration officials, their operation, which...
Standup Guys Books
Anyone can make jokes about books on comedy. Even the grumpy-belletrist-in-a-bow-tie type can tap the dottle out of his pipe long enough to harrumph out the old one about how Mr. Murkle seems to have got comedy down and broken its arm, while the postmodernist...
The Controller Profiles
Politics is a field with a lot of former practitioners: there is a high failure rate, and success comes tinged with a gnawing nervousness that makes it not worthwhile for everybody. Robert Edgeworth, a Virgil scholar who teaches at Louisiana State University,...
The Family Act the Theatre
By the end of "Gypsy" (now in revival at the Shubert), the show's heroine, Louise (Tammy Blanchard), has triumphed over the odds that appeared to be stacked against her--lack of money, lack of encouragement, and the blind fidelity of her mother, Rose,...
THE HIGH COST OF ILLNESS THE FINANCIAL PAGE Series: 5/5
From the moment news of the sars epidemic broke, analysts have been busy trying to calculate its economic costs. The absence of tourists and shoppers in places like Hong Kong and Singapore means billions of dollars in lost sales. Beijing has closed its...
THE JOB STICK 'EM UP DEPT. Series: 3/5
As banks go, the HSBC at 265 Broadway, across the street from City Hall Park, is fairly inviting. A sign--"Welcome to the City Hall Branch"--greets you as you walk in, and a TV hangs from the ceiling, broadcasting CNBC. Four red chairs face the screen....
The Thirteenth Step Books
It's one thing merely to ruin your life; to turn it into a mangled, fuming heap of wreckage requires something special--a taste for the theatrical. In fact, part of the genius of the Twelve Step recovery program lies in its ritualized center-stage confessionals,...
UNNECESSARY ROUGHNESS INK Series: 2/5
The grisly tableau in the window of the Mysterious Bookshop, the store that Otto Penzler has owned for the past twenty-four years, features a reclining corpse with a pair of scissors plunged into its leg. The shelves inside the shop, which occupies two...
Unusual Suspects the Current Cinema
The sequel to "X-Men" is entitled "X2," which cunningly suggests that we may be getting double the pleasure for our money. The first film, which came out in 2000, concerned a team of "mutants"--creatures who, more often than not, resemble human beings,...
Whistler's Chic the Art World
James McNeill Whistler is among the greatest of painters when you are in the mood for him and oddly daunting when you aren't. He was a radical dandy, who imbued the nuances of style with something like moral zeal. Taking him seriously, as he should be...
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