October 26, 2003
Fall housecleaning and winter preparation have begun, a time to discard old clothes, inspect the roof and remove the clutter that accumulates in almost everyone's house over the months and years. Time, too, to examine the dusty chambers of our minds for outdated artifacts, worn-out ideas and inherited words that clutter our common language. "Race" is one. It is a tainted term inherited from 18th- and 19th-century colonialism. The word has no objective meaning; it refers to myth, not to fact, and has distorted our public dialogues far too long.
October 1, 2001
As the United States moves its military toward a possible war with Afghanistan, bombers are gathering on a lush island south of India that has a dark history. Diego Garcia, a U-shaped island 37 miles long that was once a British coconut plantation, was secretly emptied of its native population by the British from 1966 to 1971 so the United States could build a military base there. The British government, which owns the island, transplanted thousands of natives more than 1,200 miles, dumping them in the slums of Mauritius, an island east of Africa.
September 14, 2001
BOSTON - They looked over their shoulders when the occasional ambulance siren wailed in the distance. Bought colorful flowers from street vendors to chase away the blahs. Sat at their desks staring at computer screens and doing what one businessman called "make-do" work. And on park benches they read books titled - coincidentally - Paradise Lost and Global Transformations. Spared the carnage of New York and Washington, downtown Boston looked normal yesterday, at least outwardly. But nobody, from the normally upbeat mayor to the casual tourist to the office worker on lunch break, tried to pretend that was really the case.
November 7, 2000
Her love of beauty led Frances W. Haussner to buy art for the walls of her Highlandtown restaurant. Sometimes she bought for beauty, and sometimes she bought for investment. Always she loved a bargain. Once, finding a sale, she presented her granddaughter with 12 toilet bowl brushes. Thirty-five years ago, she bought another bargain: 77 acres of woods with a tiny overnight cottage and some of the prettiest landscape in northern Baltimore County. Over the years, Mrs. Haussner rejected numerous offers to sell the land.
May 10, 2000
Look for powerful music on MPT this weekend, as some of London's finest musicians take on one of the greatest oratorios of western music. Franz Joseph Haydn's "The Creation," as performed by the Philharmonia and Chorus of London under Gilbert Levine's baton, airs at 9 p.m. Sunday on MPT, Channels 22 and 67. The performance, dubbed "The Jubilee Creation Concert" and taped March 26 at Baltimore's Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the...
April 23, 2000
An abundance of big, provocative novels has burst forth this spring and while one could save them for summer doldrums, this critic advises: Don't wait. It's difficult to conceive "In the Fall"(Atlantic Monthly Press, 560 pages, $25) as a first novel -- the saga's complexity and the faultless grace of Jeffrey Lent's language bespeak a seasoned writer. From mysterious prologue to searing ending, this epic tale of interracial relationships spanning Civil War through Depression startles, engages and compels.