October 27, 2009
For Chris Mason-Hale, healing comes in very small stages, sometimes so small he can't even see them. Since suffering a paralyzing spinal cord injury in a Western Tech football game 14 months ago, he has come a long way. But progress is excruciatingly slow for a former star linebacker who cannot walk. The 17-year-old steadily improved in the months just after the accident - a routine tackle that snapped his neck back, breaking the C-5 vertebra and bruising his spinal cord.
June 23, 2006
Maybe Rogue Pictures delayed the release of Waist Deep until the weekend after Father's Day out of respect for the holiday. It's a paean to fatherly love, and a pain to movie-lovers. Even the movie's hook is crude: Freedomland without the twist. Thugs jack the car of single father, ex-gangbanger and ex-con O2 (Tyrese Gibson) while his son Junior (H. Hunter Hall) lies asleep in the back seat. Astoundingly, O2 has won a job as a security guard with a gun. Since he takes it out of the workplace and uses it to kill two of the carjackers, he can't go to the police.
April 28, 2006
A little paunch is just no good with a Speedo or bikini. Health-wise, it's none too pretty either. That bulge is the outward sign of a deeper problem: visceral fat, a kind of biological monstrosity that, in excess, wreaks havoc on the body, increasing the risk for heart disease, diabetes, possibly even dementia and some types of cancer. Lying deep inside the body, wrapping around the liver and other major organs, visceral fat acts like a kind of organ itself - spewing out bad hormones and squashing the production of good ones.
January 18, 2004
The chick flick of the moment, Julia Roberts' Mona Lisa Smile, is resplendent with details befitting a proper lady: red lips, pearls, gloves and a sleek silhouette. In this case, the lady is a 1950s Wellesley Girl -- but one need only look to fashion runways, contemporary magazines and well-heeled city streets to realize that a modern-day version of the Wellesley Girl has marched into mainstream fashion. We asked Mona Lisa Smile costume designer Michael Dennison, the man who dressed a cast including Julia Stiles, Kirsten Dunst and Maggie Gyllenhaal, about how to bring 1950s style into modern day. What is the look of a Wellesley Girl, circa 1950, and how did you define it?
November 30, 2003
So let's say you ate the ham and the turkey with gravy, the candied sweet potatoes and the mashed, the green bean casserole, buttered green beans, cranberry sauce, glazed carrots, two kinds of stuffing and Brussels sprouts. Then, for the sake of argument, let's say that you slathered some butter on your two dinner rolls, downed a few glasses of soda and a cup of eggnog and tucked into two slices of pie a la mode (pumpkin and pecan), a hunk of homemade cheesecake and a chocolate chip cookie.
September 7, 2003
If avoidable catastrophe inevitably drove societies to correct their weaknesses, there would be precious little work for legislatures and regulators. The tragic truth is that terrible disasters become catalysts of major reform only when some more complex scene has been set and a latent reservoir of public outrage is ready to explode. That is the fascinating story of Triangle: The Fire that Changed America, by David Von Drehle, a reporter for The Washington Post (Atlantic Monthly, 340 pages, $25)