| May 20, 2009
Summer approaches with the promise of fat, juicy peaches, sweet grapes and a farmer's angst.
On my 80-acre organic peach, nectarine and raisin farm in the San Joaquin Valley, as the days grow longer, the opportunities grow greater to worry about the...
| Dec 28, 2008
Housing prices are plummeting. Jobs are evaporating. And the economy, as a whole, is in free fall.
But despite -- or perhaps because of -- such relentlessly bad news, there's an up side -- for daters, at least. Singles are wading into the online dating...
| Jan 3, 2009
Wanda Teays calls it "gardening grief": the experience of saying goodbye to a landscape you've tended with loving care, a landscape to which you've become so emotionally attached, you can't help but go back and see how new owners have maintained it --...
| Jan 11, 2009
Journals & Notebooks
edited by David Rieff
Farrar, Straus & Giroux:
318 pp., $25
In September 2006, an excerpt of Susan Sontag's diaries, edited by her son, David Rieff, was published in the New York Times magazine,...
| Jan 11, 2009
The real honor roll at Hogwarts Academy in the " Harry Potter" films has nothing to do with child wizards and their magical aptitude: It's the list of esteemed British thespians who have been brought in to cast their spells as the colorful supporting...
| Jan 15, 2009
Questions remain about the causes and recent increases in the number of children and adults with food allergies. The fact that such allergies are very common in the United States, Canada, Europe and other industrialized countries around the world,...
| Aug 6, 2008
IN HER mind, Shauna Robertson is a 23-year-old guy, always ready with a fart joke, an ever-ready plea for more nudity, and a belly laugh for any raunchy gag.
In reality, she's a pretty, 33-year-old, pixie-sized, blond Canadian high school dropout with...
| Sep 2, 2008
The Times deserves credit for recognizing in its Aug. 23 editorial "Smoking in the movies" the tremendous impact smoking in movies has on our nation's youth. We disagree with its assertion, however, that giving movies that depict smoking an R rating...
| Sep 22, 2008
In the last few years, whenever I tried to talk about my experiences with an anxiety disorder, I ran into the same problem. I couldn't describe myself as having an anxiety disorder because I'd gone months without having a panic attack. And I couldn't...
| Oct 17, 2008
If the title doesn't say it clearly enough, " Sex Drive" is about young men (mostly), young women (tangentially), cars and sex (or the lack thereof). Shot by cinematographer Tim Orr, the look of the film wavers between a startlingly natural, sunlit...
| Mar 3, 2008
Some people can't stand the word "irregardless." A close friend of mine cannot stand hearing the word "panty" used in the singular.
My pet peeve is the misuse of the words "panic attack."
My cohort of grad school classmates frequently drop the phrase...