The New Yorker

Articles from Vol. 79, No. 13, 2003

A Dollar, a Dream Checks and Balances
Budget crises are traditionally good news for gamblers. Determined not to raise taxes in the face of a severe deficit that promises unpopular spending cuts--zoos and firehouses closed, garbage and schoolchildren left behind--Governor George Pataki last...
Advice and Dissent Annals of Law
Ever since the Republicans took control of the Senate in January, Orrin Hatch, the new chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has sought to use his party's one-vote advantage on the nineteen-member panel to speed President Bush's judicial nominations toward...
A Great Music Books
Every afternoon in England, between about three and six o'clock, candles are lit in the great cathedrals and abbeys and college chapels, and the antique rite known as Evensong is observed. "Sung" would be more accurate than "observed"; the choir, boys...
[ Briefly Noted ]
Tide Running, by Oonya Kempadoo (Farrar, Straus & Giroux; $22). The heaving power of the tides and the rhythmic "swellin' " of the sea around the island of Tobago are the erotic and spiritual center of Kempadoo's second novel, the story of a mnage...
IN WALL STREET WE TRUST THE FINANCIAL PAGE Series: 4/4
the financial pageLast year, Merrill Lynch was accused of defrauding its clients by giving them corrupt advice about which stocks to buy. Internal e-mails demonstrated that its research analysts had publicly recommended stocks that they'd privately derided....
L'AFFAIRE BLAIR COMMENT Series: 1/4
commentIn "The Fabulist: A Novel," published last week by Simon & Schuster, Stephen Glass, once a young star writer for The New Republic, who, in 1998, was fired for fabricating a spectacular series of stories, tells the story of "Stephen Glass,"...
Laughter in the Dark the Theatre
For nearly fifty years, Woody Allen has spun the dross of morbidity into the gold of comedy. The results of this alchemy have been precious and far-reaching. No modern comedian can match Allen's range or the quality of his output. His humor pieces for...
NOVELIZATION THE PICTURES Series: 3/4
Robert Cort, at the age of fifty-six, is the beau ideal of a certain kind of nearly vanished Hollywood producer. At lunch recently, in his customary booth at Morton's, in West Hollywood, he wore white silk trousers, a green nailhead jacket, and a Franck...
Old Dogs, Old Tricks
Etta James's career kicked off with a woman's answer to a man's hit--"Roll with Me, Henry," which talked back to Hank Ballard's "Work with Me, Annie"--but these days she's enough of an institution that she doesn't bother rewriting lyrics: anything she...
Romance Personal History
One spring Saturday when I was seven going on eight, my mother brought me with her on an automobile outing with her young lover and future husband, E. B. White. She took our family car, a slope-nosed Franklin sedan, and we must have met Andy by prearrangement...
Sex and the Sixties Girl the Current Cinema
The opening credits of "Down with Love" are a thing of beauty, but then opening credits have become the best reason to make it to the movies on time. For pure visual snap, there has been nothing in the past year to match the credits of "Monsters, Inc."...
The Carriage House
136 W. 18th St. (212-647-8889)--Adam Newton's new Chelsea restaurant, in a landmarked carriage house that once belonged to Elisha Brooks, of Brooks Brothers, manages to be at once glitzy and low-key, inviting and exclusive. As an example of what that...
The Strongman Letter from India
On the morning of his son Uddhav's forty-second birthday, Bal Thackeray retreated upstairs to his private living room, in order to avoid the crowds. From his window, he could see hundreds of his supporters outside in the street, standing in long lines...
To a Tee
"Just remember the three ups," a seasoned caddy tells the sportswriter Rick Reilly, before Reilly makes his caddying debut at the Masters. "Show up, keep up, and shut up." In Who's Your Caddy? (Doubleday), he carries the bag for the likes of David Duval...
Vox Fox Annals of Communications
One morning not long ago, the co-hosts of "Fox & Friends," the Fox News network's raucous and right-leaning version of the "Today" show, were promoting Fox-branded merchandise such as baseball caps and soap-on-a-rope when Steve Doocy, a co-anchor,...
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