The New Yorker

Articles from Vol. 79, No. 9, 2003

A CENTCOM STAR DOHA POSTCARD Series: 2/4
Last week, when Tariq Ayoub, an Al Jazeera correspondent, was killed by an American air strike on the Arabic satellite channel's Baghdad offices, military officials at Central Command in Doha, Qatar, hastily drew up a news release. "According to commanders...
A CUT TOO FAR THE FINANCIAL PAGE Series: 4/4
In the United States, war has traditionally meant higher taxes. During the Civil War, Congress passed the first federal income tax in history, and put levies on all manufactured goods. During the First World War, the top income-tax rate rose to seventy-seven...
Ad Nauseam You're Fired!
Long ago, I got a job proofreading advertising copy for a swank little boutique ad firm situated in a hip downtown loft. For years, I had searched without success for a job like this, a job that could be both engaging and rote, challenging and leisurely,...
Away from It All
When Hurricane Zoe hit the Solomon Islands last December, it took several days before anyone could reach the most remote islands, Tikopia and Anuda, to assess the damage. But isolation this extreme was precisely what the former high-school teacher Will...
[ Briefly Noted ]
The New Financial Order, by Robert Shiller (Princeton; $29.95). Audaciously taking well-established economic ideas to their logical extreme, Shiller calls for a revolution in the management of risk, both individual and collective. While markets are currently...
Cafe Lebowitz
14 Spring St. (212-219-2399)--It is often said that the bistro came into being in 1814, when Russian troops occupied Paris after Napoleon's failed campaign against Moscow. With no patience to wait for pate to be put en croute or for bevies of quail to...
Chased Away You're Fired!
I joined Chase before it merged with J. P. Morgan and when it was still a lousy investment bank. Some of my colleagues, graduates of business schools I had never heard of, liked to drape the broad length of their Hermes ties over one shoulder, with the...
Cloudburst You're Fired!
I got my first job in 1968, at a bookstore on the Upper West Side. It was small, but known for its brawny sections of Liberation Studies and Beat Lit. In an earlier life, Pete, the owner, had been a partner in a legendary San Francisco bookstore where...
Manhunter Letter from California
Mackenzie Green opened the trunk of her sports car and tossed her gun inside. Green, a San Francisco bail-bond agent, was looking for one of her clients, and on this February evening the search had led her here, to a crummy neighborhood in East Oakland,...
Mr. Excitement the Theatre
If you look up the word "monster" in your etymological dictionary, you'll find that its Latin root has two opposite meanings: "miracle" and "warning." In "Nine" (revived by the Roundabout Theatre, at the Eugene O'Neill), an adaptation of Federico Fellini's...
Nobodies Annals of Labor
Some forty miles inland from the coastal resorts of Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel Island, the town of Immokalee sits at the bottom of a string of remote agricultural outposts extending through the South Florida interior. The swampy terrain seems an unlikely...
Payday Annals of Law
Someone unfamiliar with the New York courts might conclude that Darryl Barnes had a pretty weak lawsuit against the city. In 1988, according to evidence presented at trial, he was a twenty-three-year-old member of a gang known as the Five Percenters,...
Sounds of Passion
In 1981, the musicologist Joshua Rifkin proposed a startling theory: that Bach's B-Minor Mass was first performed with one singer on each part, not by a hearty Lutheran chorale. Now Paul McCreesh, the director of London's Gabrieli Consort and Players,...
Suppressed Atrocities Books
Rumors from literary Germany this past year have had it that Gunter Grass, in his mid-seventies and heavy with honors, has produced his best and best-selling novel in at least a decade. The grand old man of German criticism, Marcel Reich-Ranicki, no...
Suspended Animation Musical Events
Stravinsky once said, "Music is the best means we have of digesting time." Music has a way of putting to sleep those portions of the brain that count the minutes and worry about what's not being done. When you lose yourself in a live performance, you...
The Collapse Letter from Baghdad
The battle for the Republican Palace complex on Monday, April 7th, the day the first American tanks appeared in the center of Baghdad, had a symphonic quality. Much of it was boom and bang--heavy concussive thumps from tank fire and bombs, the ripping...
The Cost of Desire Books
With its usual impassivity, the Library of America has reissued a strange and awkward book, Theodore Dreiser's nine-hundred-and-thirty-page realist epic of 1925, "An American Tragedy." As with all the Library's volumes, no celebratory essay accompanies...
The Lost Girl the Current Cinema
Do not be late for "Lilya 4-Ever," or you will miss the most extraordinary noise. It is the first noise that we hear, and certainly the loudest, as the soundtrack reverberates to the churn of a heavy-metal band. Not just any old heavy metal but German...
THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD EXILE DEPT. Series: 3/4
Framed posters of men wearing head scarves and long black beards cover the walls of the anteroom at 85-34 Midland Parkway, a converted brick ranch house in a leafy enclave of Jamaica, Queens. In a hallway two maps of Iraq--pre- and post-1900--hang side...
Union Blues You're Fired!
In 1979, I went to work for the London Sunday Times. I had come from the New Statesman--small, fraternal, left-wing. The Sunday Times was large, internally competitive, and politically centrist. But since my job on the literary pages was the same--deputy...
WAR WITHOUT END? COMMENT Series: 1/4
Saddam Hussein, who came to power in 1979 declaring his intention to combine the glory of Nebuchadnezzar with the methods of Josef Stalin, no longer rules Iraq, and not to feel relief at the prospect of a world without him is to be possessed of a grudging...
You're Getting Married Domestic Affairs
Every year in the United States there are about 2.3 million marriages, and to the members of the North American Bridal Association, a trade organization for bridal retailers and wholesalers, each of those marriages represents evidence of the sovereignty...
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