The New Yorker

Articles from Vol. 77, No. 31, 2001

Art for Everybody
One recent sultry afternoon, inside the Bridgewater Commons mall, in central New Jersey, across from The Limited, down the hall from a Starbucks, next door to the Colorado Pen Company, and just below Everything Yogurt, a woman named Glenda Parker was...
Bidding War
On January 11th of last year, the president and chief executive of Sotheby's, Diana D. (Dede) Brooks, and its chairman, A. Alfred Taubman, held a glamorous party to celebrate the renovation of the firm's Manhattan headquarters, on York Avenue, and the...
Briefly Noted
War in a Time of Peace, by David Halberstam (Scribner; $28). "The Best and the Brightest," the author's landmark inquiry into American involvement in Vietnam, was published in 1972, and now, almost thirty years later, Halberstam has produced a kind of...
Culture Club
The Readers' Subscription Book Club was started in 1951. Its publisher was a twenty-five-year-old Columbia College graduate named Gilman Kraft, the younger brother of the future columnist Joseph Kraft. Gilman Kraft had been a student of Lionel Trilling,...
Door to Door
By the time I graduated from my high school in Sarajevo, in 1983, my favorite movie of all time was "Apocalypse Now," and I was convinced that Robert Altman was a genius. I loved the Talking Heads and Television, and CBGB was to me what the Vatican is...
Footprints on the Flag
Iarrived in America on September 1, 1984, at the age of twenty-seven. Using the few English words I had memorized, I asked the immigration officer in Seattle for an opportunity to stay. "If I don't learn English in three months, I'll deport myself,"...
For a Lousy Battery
Early in the summer of 1949, four years after Japan had lost the war, my teacher and I stepped fearfully through the gates of the United States military base in our region of Shikoku Island. I was fourteen years old, and had won an essay contest for...
Gambling on Art
The main gallery of the new Guggenheim museum in Las Vegas is not an abandoned industrial space, but it looks like one. In a plaza between the high-rise slab of the Venetian Hotel and a parking garage, Rem Koolhaas has designed an enormous box, two hundred...
Goings on about Town
Ryan Adams, still in his mid-twenties, has been handpicked by critics to lead the alternative-country revolution, and for good reason: in the last five years, he has released five records, four with the now-defunct outfit Whiskeytown and last year's...
Home Is Here
In the summer of 1988, a young Arab-Israeli woman named Maha Mahajneh visited the United States at the invitation of an organization of Palestinian-American women who were holding a convention in New Jersey. It was Mahajneh's first trip to America. At...
How to Be a Writer
There are very few places in America where it can be claimed definitively that poets kick ass, and one of them is the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, which takes place over eleven days every August in the Green Mountains of Vermont. At Bread Loaf, which...
On the Beat
Denzel Washington has always been faster and smarter than anyone else he's acted with, but I've often felt that he pulls himself back, restraining the anger that his intelligence sometimes leads him to feel (in, say, "He Got Game"). For years, Washington...
Straight to Video
In the video shops in Wenzhou, I found three versions of the attacks on America. One was a DVD entitled "The Century's Great Catastrophe"; the other two were videodisks--"Surprise Attack on America" and "America's Disaster: The Pearl Harbor of the Twenty-first...
Tables for Two
249 W. 49th St. (582-0460)--"I'm Tina and that's Gino," says the lady bartender with swept-up blond hair, nodding to a grinning waiter in a powder-blue shirt. The welcome-to-the-family introductions go down as easily as everything else does here, thanks...
The Alchemist
According to the folk adage, what comes from the heart goes to the heart. This is not exactly the case; not, at any rate, if you're an actor. Sometimes the heart needs educating; sometimes it needs resuscitating; sometimes it even needs finding--and...
The Habit of Democracy
"As Tocqueville wrote, in words that remain as true today as when they were written . . ." The banquet hall clears, or, if it does not actually clear, it clears out mentally. There is no bore like a Tocqueville bore, no game quite so easy to play as...
The Origins of the Novel
"In a certain reign (whose can it have been?) someone of no very great rank, among all His Majesty's Consorts and Intimates, enjoyed exceptional favor." So begins Royall Tyler's limpid new English translation--the first in twenty-five years--of Murasaki...
The Producer
Know how to make use of stupidity. He who poses as a fool is not a fool.--Baltasar Gracian.Twenty-five years ago, at the dawn of his career in the movie business, Brian Grazer considered what manner of man he should make of himself. "Should I be liked,...
The Talk of the Town: A Soros Survivor's Guide
Tivadar Soros, the father of the financier and philanthropist George Soros, had a talent for living well even under the most difficult circumstances, and his talent lay in the recognition that one element in any effort to defy monstrous atrocities must...
The Talk of the Town: Many Voices
Walt Whitman remains the singular, articulated soul of this city, and in "Song of Myself" he seems to have projected himself forward a century and a half into our present woe, our grief for the thousands lost at the southern end of Manhattan, and for...
The Talk of the Town: Pat Leahy Recalls a Sting
Ever since September 11th, Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill have been working together in an unusual spirit of unity. But there has been one stubborn exception. Patrick Leahy, a liberal but not generally militant Democratic senator from Vermont,...
Witness
Joel Meyerowitz is a photographer best known for his New York street scenes and his landscapes and seascapes of Cape Cod. He is, in the main, a tranquil artist, and perhaps his signature is the sweetness and the colors of the sky over the bay in Provincetown....
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