A look on the dark side of life

Apr 21, 2004

A look on the dark side of life

Sir Antony Sher was born near Cape Town, South Africa, in 1949. He moved to Britain in 1968 to attend drama school. His breakthrough performance was as Richard III for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1984-5. Since then he has received many acting honors ...

Monumental is beautiful

Apr 7, 2004

Monumental is beautiful

The young woman seated in front of McDonald’s, her massive haunches spread wide underneath her, looks at first glance like a cautionary tale on the perils of fast food. It would have taken a McBreakfast, a McLunch and a McDinner every day from birth ...

The glory that was Rome, set in stone

Mar 31, 2004

The glory that was Rome, set in stone

Ancient Romans knew all about personality cults. Successful gladiators were the Beckhams and Ichiros of their day, celebrated in graffiti scrawled on city walls. Emperors from the time of Augustus (27 B.C.-A.D. 14) took it all one step further, with an official “cult” of ...

Two sides to every epoque

Mar 10, 2004

Two sides to every epoque

They called it the Belle Epo^que, the “Beautiful Age”: France’s brief period of grace after concluding peace with Prussia in 1871 and before the horrors of World War I turned her pastures into killing fields in 1914. “Paris 1900: Brilliance de la Belle Epo^que” ...

We just can't get enough

Feb 18, 2004

We just can't get enough

With Valentine’s Day just past, let’s pay tribute to one of the most enduring love affairs of our time — that between Japan’s gallery-going public and France’s Impressionist artists. It’s the Real Thing. Why else are there long lines for the Bunkamura’s new exhibition, ...

Whatever turns you on

Nov 30, 2003

Whatever turns you on

The leather-clad guy in the line next to me had a gynecologist’s speculum hanging round his neck — and the accessories didn’t get any more normal once I was inside the Sadistic Circus, an all-night fetish event held in Roppongi’s Spiral club Nov. 23. ...

Talk to her

Nov 23, 2003

Talk to her

The earliest chatterbot programs ever written say more about the human condition than they do about the nature of computer intelligence. The first, ELIZA — or Dr. Eliza, as “she” was known — had the persona of a Rogerian psychotherapist. Her successor, perhaps the ...

Livin' la vida loca

Oct 12, 2003

Livin' la vida loca

Charles Darwin must have been a regular at whatever passed for a bar on the HMS Beagle. During the ship’s five-week stop at the Galapagos, the scientific superstar-to-be got his kicks from riding the trunk-size tortoises that give the islands their name — galapago ...

Back to life, back to prosperity

Oct 12, 2003

Back to life, back to prosperity

Ecuador was built on bananas. Then, in the 1970s, this tiny South American country struck oil. Forward thinkers, though, are looking to tourism to keep Ecuador’s economy afloat when the oil dries up — as it is expected to do an estimated 15 years ...