The New York Times magazine has been catching a lot of flak for its ‘Lives’ piece about a near-death experience—for good reason, says Clive Irving. It wasn’t a near-death experience.
The last thing the world needs is a new outbreak of fear of flying. But that is the unhappy consequence of a spat between James Fallows of The Atlantic and Hugo Lindgren, editor of The New York Times magazine.
Fallows and others pounced on an essay in the magazine by Noah Gallagher Shannon with the attention-getting headline “The Plane Was About to Crash. Now What?”
Indian-American Arvind Mahankali just won the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Author Anita Raghavan on the importance of education in her own Indian-American household, where studying was a choice, not a chore.
Days before my graduation some 25 years ago, I asked my Indian-American parents when they planned to arrive for the big event. To my great shock, my father said he and my mother weren’t going to attend. “When you get your Ph.D., I will come,” he said.
At the time, I was crushed. All of my friends’ parents would be there and, at 22, graduating from the University of Pennsylvania was my single biggest accomplishment. What I didn’t realize is that for my father, like many Indian-Americans of his generation, the bar was very high, and for their children it was just as high. Graduating from college was like getting to base camp in the Mount Everest–like climb in life.
Anita Raghavan and her father sometime after graduation.
Arvind Mahankali won the national spelling bee when he got ‘knaidel’ right. But, asks Daniel Gross, isn’t it a little meshugge to say there’s a right way to spell a Yiddish word?
Well ain’t that America? We make a competition out of spelling, televised and hyped by ESPN. And it’s won by an Indian-American kid from Queens who accurately spelled a Yiddish word for dumpling: knaidel.
Mazal tov! Or is it mazel tov? On the other hand, oy vey! The idea of a competition in which exactitude and standards are paramount being decided by a Yiddish word is a little ferkakte.
After years of shocking gun violence, America’s murder capital may be getting its streets under control.
Chicago seemed the capital of gun violence when 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was killed by a stray round there just days after performing at President Obama’s second inauguration.
A young woman participates in a candlelight vigil at Harsh Park in memory of Hadiya Pendleton on February 2, 2013, in Chicago. (Scott Olson/Getty)
But even then, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy was reorganizing the department and implementing new strategies that would lead to a dramatic reduction in the violence.
The athletic director at Rutgers allegedly called her former players ‘whores.’ Lizzie Crocker on the students who want her out—and the collateral damage for the school’s president.
The university president is standing by her. The governor has declined to meddle. Could embattled Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann actually hang on to her job?
Rutgers reportedly spent $70,000 on a background check that failed to find Hermann's allegedly abusive behavior. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
If students had their way, probably not—and based on a tour of campus and the school’s Facebook pages, a lot of them would like to see the president himself get the boot, too.
Memories of a chilly Memorial Day weekend may still be fresh for the Northeast, but the Atlantic hurricane season is almost upon us—and it looks like a doozy. Eliza Shapiro reports.
The Nantucket emergency preparedness council is meeting after hours. People from Miami to New York are ordering custom-made hurricane-proof windows. And volunteers are working around the clock at Fort Tilden beach in the Rockaways to fortify sand dunes.
Hurricane Sandy as seen from NOAA's GOES-13 satellite on October 28, 2012. (NOAA/NASA)
That’s what Memorial Day weekend looked like seven months after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on much of the East Coast and just a few days ahead of the official start of the 2013 hurricane season, which is expected to be particularly intense and potentially dangerous.
The power of immigration.
IN THE darkest days of the Great Recession, Joel Kotkin wrote that “America is a country founded on and sustained by optimism.” And when his book The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050 came out in 2010, many readers found its upbeat predictions implausible. But as economic numbers in the United States continue slowly, steadily to improve while the European Union’s continue their shaky decline, Europeans are looking to Kotkin for ideas. The key, in his view, is demography. “In stark contrast to its more rapidly aging rivals,” he writes, “America’s population is expected to expand dramatically in coming decades.” By 2050 there will be at least 400 million people. Yes, they will make the country “a complex, crowded, and competitive place,” blending, often uneasily, into what Walt Whitman called “the race of races.” But the American mix has always advanced through the power of innovation. The Old World has never come to terms with its need for immigrants; never really shared with them a sense of optimism. So the French journal Futuribles writes somewhat ruefully that by 2050 the United States “very likely will remain the only real superpower in terms of society, technology and culture.”
Get your lists ready: BuzzFeed and CNN are partnering up to create a YouTube news channel that will be unveiled on Tuesday. Named CNN BuzzFeed, the channel will have both archival and current content on CNN that will be shared over social-media networks. BuzzFeed chief operating officer Jon Steinberg told The Wall Street Journal that BuzzFeed will invest a low “eight-digit sum” in the platform. This is the latest—and splashiest—attempt by BuzzFeed to establish itself as a news organization, following the launch of a business section earlier this month.
Punched in the face while attackers yelled homophobic comments.
What is going on in New York? Gay activist Eugene Lovendusky became the latest victim of the city’s sweep of hate crimes on Saturday when a group of teens allegedly punched him in the face outside a nightclub in Times Square. Lovendusky, 28, told DNA Info that a group of men yelled anti-gay slurs at him and his boyfriend, and “by instinct” he told them “you can’t say that to me.” The attackers then allegedly punched Lovendusky in the face and fled. Police arrested 19-year-old Manuel Riquelme just blocks away shortly after the incident. Lovendusky has spent the past few weeks speaking out against the recent spate of hate crimes against gays, including the fatal shooting of Mark Carson, 32, in Greenwich Village and the assault of a gay couple outside of Madison Square Garden.
Royal Caribbean ship was near the Bahamas.
It’s bad news for the cruise industry when a fire aboard a ship doesn’t seem as disastrous as what could have happened. The 2,200 passengers aboard a Royal Caribbean ship that caught fire on Monday are expected to fly back to the U.S. on Tuesday. A fire broke out at about 2:50 a.m. on the Grandeur of the Seas, which had left Baltimore for the Bahamas on Friday for a seven-night trip. Originally headed for CocoCay, Bahamas, the ship instead docked in Freeport, Bahamas, on Monday. It was not immediately clear what caused the fire. Royal Caribbean said all passengers had been accounted for, and they will all receive a full refund and a certificate for a future cruise.
The respected young journalist died Tuesday in a car accident at age 33. In his too-short but impressive career, Hastings was never shy about voicing his convictions or opinions. Here are some of his most incisive on-air moments.