Meet Supreme Court Justice Irene Waters. With her pursed lips and dark hair pulled back in a bun, she bears a passing resemblance to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
From the windows of his home outside Boulder, Colorado, Jon Krakauer can look west to find the silhouettes of the Flatiron mountains.
Sakshi Gallery, one of the largest private art spaces in Mumbai, is planning to lead a group of Taiwanese collectors on a contemporary art tour through India in December after opening a Taipei branch in February — the first Indian gallery to set up in Taiwan.
Dried loofah, a fruit of the gourd family, is commonly used as a coarse, skin-scrubbing bath sponge. But in rural Paraguay, where an estimated 300,000 or more families lack adequate homes, it is finding a new use as a low-cost construction material.
There are a few things you may know about Antonin Scalia. Nominated by President Ronald Reagan, he joined the nation’s highest court in 1986. He’s among the most conservative of the nine Supreme Court justices.
The military is struggling to address a surge in mental health problems being reported among returning soldiers. As the New York Times recently reported, suicides are at their highest level on record, with 129 reported between January and mid-July — more than the number of troops killed in active combat during the same period.
The military has been trying for years to turn the chaos of war into a simple math problem. So far, those efforts have been trumped by a confluence of shaky variables: free will, tribal factions and chance being a few examples. But one physicist says he’s cracked the code. How’d he do it? He turned on the TV.
Journalist Robert Sullivan often documents unlovely corners of the natural world: The Meadowlands(1998) turned a naturalist’s eye on a dispiriting region of northern New Jersey notable for its Mafia dumping grounds, while in Rats(2004) Sullivan gave Ratus norvegicus the Dian Fossey treatment.
A FEW Sundays ago, between 2:53 and 2:56 a.m., a young man was seen loitering outside Cabrito, a Mexican bar and restaurant on Carmine Street in Greenwich Village.
The kingdom of the geeks, thriving in an old factory in Downtown Brooklyn.
The Human Resources Administration isn't interested in measures that officials and advocates are proposing.
New varieties of genetically engineered crops thrive in the world's most isolated landmass.
A Queens woman's eye-witness account of something a little out of the ordinary on her morning commute: a bull running down Atlantic Avenue.
A conversation with Scott Gold, blogger and author of the meat lover's manifesto, The Shameless Carnivore.
A New York City entrepreneur is selling water from his city's municipal pipes -- and he's counting on green consumers to buy it.
Numbers showing the city's AIDS epidemic rages on worse than thought arrived in tandem with state cuts for AIDS-fighting measures. In a climate with plenty of needs and ever fewer resources, this is the first in an ongoing series looking at reduced social services funding.
The inner-circle of beer geeks is moving beyond anything on offer in stores to brews less easily acquired, and more rare. They’re learning, like the most dedicated oenophile, that patience is a virtue.
The wind blowing through LaBelle, Florida was soft and warm. Large,
billowy clouds hung above Mark Dalton's 10-acre field, dappling it
When I heard that GQ editor Mickey Rapkin was writing a book about college a cappella, I was thrilled.
The Rockaway Peninsula's tortured development history enters its latest chapter, with ill-fated spec buildings disintegrating next to successful new housing development, and a rezoning belatedly attempting to instill order.
The human brain is complex. Along with performing millions of mundane acts, it composes concertos, issues manifestos and comes up with elegant solutions to equations.
American voters are not the only ones taking a closer look at the field of contenders for the presidency.
Buddhist monks and other Tibetans began protesting in and around Lhasa on March 10, the anniversary of a major uprising against Chinese rule.
As a young girl growing up on a California vineyard, I passed the long summers outdoors, and when I wasn't catching lizards or squeezing grapes into fizzy water in order to make "wine spritzers", I was foraging.
Zachary Westcott knows that he should get tested for HIV. As a 27-year-old sex worker who serves both women and men, he is especially at risk. But the lines at clinics are long and the staff can be callous, so he tends to put it off.
The kids are moving back home in Brooklyn—because they need to (and they want to!). But what about when they start families of their own? Or when the boyfriend wants to sleep over?
On a wintry Wednesday afternoon, thousands discovered that New York City Ballet principal dancer Maria Kowroski wears flared purple legwarmers.
Public historian Richard Rabinowitz prefers the storytelling of history to lecturing on its particulars.
"The ethnic restaurant is one of the few places where the native and the immigrant interact substantively in our society."
What does the Modern Love column tell us about contemporary Judaism?
In Pakistan, independent TV is young, powerful, and biting the hand that fed it
Why the concept of justice - not freedom, not democracy - is becoming a potent tool for political reform in the Muslim world
“We’re waiting for the young people to come and take over.”
After eight years in exile, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's return was greeted with twin bomb blasts late Thursday.
A "Colombian idol"-style search transformed a humble farmer into the 21st century version of TV's coffee icon. Meet the man behind the mule.
For all its seventh-generation beauty—and the game is gorgeous—Sigma plays like an arcade game, as if its life depends on killing our quarters.
Jonathan Kozol, author of "Letters to a Young Teacher," talks with Salon about why No Child Left Behind squelches learning and about reading Rilke's sonnets to first graders.
After nations carve up the fast-melting region, will there be anything left?
Trapped between frightening civil war memories of their native country and an alien society in nearby Ghana, refugees linger for years in the Buduburam permanent settlement camp.
Religious scholar Javed Ahmad Ghamidi has become a popular figure in Pakistan for his strict reading of the Koran -- which, he says, dictates against gender discrimination, terrorist jihad, and other favorites of modern Islamists
The Minor Leagues of Professional Video Gaming
As things get tougher for their president, Pakistanis use a catchy pop tune to express their anger.
I’m standing in Williamsburg’s Black & White Gallery with a portable radio in my hands and a pair of headphones fit snugly in my ears.
Pakistani security forces were readying for a final assault on the extremist Red Mosque Wednesday.
Thai restaurants are a dime a dozen, but 30 years after Pol Pot, Khmer cuisine is still hard to find in the U.S. Why hasn't it become the next big thing?
The fight for the right to be fat, queer, and proud.
Marlo Donald was kicked off Social Security for kicking someone almost 20 years ago. The bizarre tale of a "fugitive felon."
Transnational adoptees come of age and search for home.
"Trees are great for a variety of reasons, but how do you explain that to the Office of Management and Budget?"
One thing Sambath Suen can’t abide is the cold. Until four years ago, Suen lived in Kandal, a Cambodian province that borders on Vietnam.
Making schools safer is part of push to improve literacy.
In war-torn Afghanistan, Zamarai Kamgar has built the only private airline.
Two mosques, two sects, face each other across Atlantic Avenue. Given
global tensions, the natural questions arise.
There's more than magical realism in the literature of this beautiful and still very dangerous country.
Some criminal cases meet with 'problem-solving justice.'
Walter Sear and his Sear Sound are the last of the analog champions.
Author Tom Lutz talks to Sabine Heinlein about 400 years of slacker culture.
Hip-hop disrespects them. Subway patrons love them. Beatboxers make some serious noise.
Everything you wanted to know about the Kazakh road trip—what was staged, who was an actor, and who was just hapless comedy roadkill.
In its fourth year, the Arab-American Comedy Festival will do anything but bomb.
Has hip-hop's once unstoppable juggernaut finally chugged to a halt?
Author Jeremy Iversen went undercover as a high school student. The experience taught him about text messaging and steroids -- and the failures of U.S. education policy.
We watched fires burn across the canopies of forests and rumble like demons. “It’s Satan,” said our instructor, “Can you hear him?”
Burned and rotting hulks of abandoned vessels jut from the dirty beach into the silted, sluggish water of Coney Island Creek. No one is sure when the two dozen wrecks arrived at this little waterway at Bensonhurst's southern tip. No one even knows their names.
Activists and supporters sound off on President Bush’s plan to spend $15 billion to fight AIDS—known by the acronym PEPFAR—and its approach to preventing HIV infections worldwide.
We've gone from badasses Lou Reed and James Caan to jackasses Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller. Where are the hip male Jews?
Supermarkets are not evil giants, but they are caught up in the business of giving you what you want, and figuring out what makes you want something.
One of my more significant childhood experiences took place at a leisurely Sunday barbecue, when an employee of my father’s asked his infant: “What does daddy do at Mr. Heinlein’s company?”
AIDS activists press world body for tougher action during special session on epidemic
Muslim teenagers remake an American rite of passage
How the New York Times accidentally covers up the contradictions of Aghanistan with the euphemisms of "freedom."
They want to live in the United States, but a gallery competition for foreign-born artists may be asking too much.
Eighty-three years and three generations make Blatt a New York institution. Sam Blatt immigrated from Russia in 1913, and though a cabinet maker by trade, he knew an opportunity when he saw one.
In Greenpoint, the pool at McCarren Park is surrounded by weeds and signs that read 'Danger.' In some eyes, that's the way it should stay.
Acid-eating Okies keep the reverb and bunny suits, can the chemistry
For 72 days Gutiérrez had accompanied the monarchs on their migration, from Montreal to Michoacán, logging 4,375 miles and drawing attention to the numerous threats they face as they travel across North America.
The oral history swirling around an anchor casts a light on the days when the neighborhood was the nexus of wealth and power in Brooklyn, then an independent city.
"In Poland they might have been functioning alcoholics; they had work and a support system. But here bad tendencies increase and the men find themselves on a different social level. In New York, they live like on the moon."
Rearing back like a raging snake, the woman hisses and writhes on the floor. Another divine match.
While a sign is the only material evidence of the store's 76 years in Manhattan, Gimbels is living a new life in that peculiar New York lexicon of things that no longer exist.
In New York's expensive and competitive housing market, many landlords seeking higher rents have become more aggressive in trying to evict older tenants.
The High Line, the West Side railroad that will soon be a park, has a 72-year history as intriguing as its future.
Did a struggling white writer of gay erotica become one of multicultural literature’s most celebrated memoirists—by passing himself off as Native American?
The Strokes upgrade their cute dishevelment but leave a few too many sexy hooks behind
Unschooling is a radical branch of home-schooling where kids control what and when they learn -- free of teachers, schedules and tests. Unschoolers say it's intellectually empowering. Critics call it irresponsible.
Illinois doesn’t directly fund sex ed in schools. But it does provide almost the entire budget of the Glenview-based Project Reality, whose abstinence-only curriculum, offered to schools for free, misleads kids about birth control and STDs.
Ivory-billed sightings leave field biologists wanting to hear more
A new book argues that children desperately need to be able to play in the woods -- and that our culture's sterile rejection of nature is harming them in body and soul.
News: Assigned to cover the 2004 Democratic primary, Matt Taibbi found there was nothing to cover. So he fell back on his own resources. Oh, and drugs.
Inside the secret world of Dallas' mayates
Free Web sites offer up Social Security numbers, divorce agreements,
mortgage papers and more to anyone seeking a peek.
A Brooklyn pool hall reveals how to pose as a native son in 2005
Why Michael Finkel is not Jayson Blair
A string of lawsuits and a fierce debate over its digital library project have turned Google into a symbol of cultural imperialism in France. Is it all mere coincidence, or does the land of "liberte, egalite, fraternite" have it in for the company whose mission is so decidedly global?
The United States is betting the future of energy lies in the hard-to-reach Caspian Sea. With the $3.6 billion pipeline about to open it remains to be seen if the investment will show a return.
Stretched to the breaking point in Iraq, the U.S. Army desperately needs troops, but finding fresh meat has never been harder. Inside the military’s new recruitment machine.
An experimental new vaccine will soon make that white powder as mind-altering as air
Returning the youngest warriors to normalcy
Someone may have used your Social Security number to obtain credit -- with every intention of keeping up on the payments. Even weirder, you may never find out.
Cantankerous, proud and devoted to helping immigrants, Father Justin Lucio's singleminded sense of duty led to overblown charges of "scandal"
Many find it hard to forget threat of being stigmatized
From banker to singer, messenger of peace, and aspiring purveyor of action figures
In new "Starsky & Hutch," one 70s star makes a comeback
What spurs people to stage crimes against themselves?
Three in four Czechs languish in institutions before dying, say health-care workers
...but beware of fakesters
Billionaires for Bush kicks off a season of protest, pranks and party-going
Protesting at the GOP convention? Legal observers have your back
Nuns & Baptists Die-In, Balloons Fall From Heaven