High And Low: A Review

mahnlHERE IN New York few critics if any will be sorry to see the Museum of Modern Art’s “High & Low” exhibition leave town. Few of the critics in Chicago and Los Angeles, to which it travels next, are likely to receive it with much enthusiasm either. Why do the critics hate this show? What is going on when, like a rare and ominous alignment of the planets, the critics of the New York Times, the New York Observer, and The Journal of Art vilify the exhibition as though with one voice?

“High & Low: Modern Art and Popular Culture” deals with one of the most vexed issues of contemporary cultural …

Communist Hanoi’s Fall Was An Interesting Lesson In Economics

tsreTHIS JUNE the Communist regime in Hanoi will convene its seventh Party Congress. This congress will also be its last.

Even before Tiananmen Square and the crumbling of the Berlin Wall, there were signs of the collapse of Communism in Vietnam. Like Cuba, Vietnam has been propped up by huge Soviet subsidies, and, as subsidies have not prevented Cuba from becoming the sick man of the Americas, so they have not prevented Vietnam from suffering a parallel fate. At this critical juncture in Vietnam’s history the question is not whether Hanoi will fall. The question is whether American policy will push it over the edge or give it a new burst …

Why Choose A Professional Hard Drive Recovery Service?

Is your data worth everything to you? If your data is that important, why take a massive risk by trying to recover it yourself. If anything goes wrong, you may aggravate the case and lose your data forever, making it impossible even for the professional hard drive recovery service to recover it completely. You obviously do not want that. You must understand the fact that recovering data from an out of order hard drive is one of the most delicate tasks to be performed.

hard-drive-damageWe do have lots of data recovery software available in the market but not everyone is informed enough to use them properly or even select the one …

Can You Truly Redefine Art?

rartA CLARION call for the redefinition of art by governmental flat has just been issued by the American Assembly, an elite public-policy group headquartered at Columbia University. There may be those who might doubt that such a prestigious body as the American Assembly would get itself involved in proposing the redefinition of art, but it has, and here’s the quote: “The statutory definition of the arts must be revised, if necessary, to embrace activities, forms, and expressions that may not be eligible for assistance according to current definitions.”

This bit of cultural law-giving, intended for the guidance of government but rich in implications for the private sector as well, is …

Persian Gulf War Was More A Vision Of What Was To Come

pgwWE ARE so used to thinking that Iraq must lose this war that we may forget that for Saddam, even a tactical loss could be a strategic win. If he should inflict heavy casualties on the United States (say, ten thousand or so) he might even offer to leave Kuwait unconditionally. Such a seeming defeat would, in fact, be victory. His stature in the Arab world would be enhanced enormously, for even Gamal Abdul Nasser never succeeded in fighting the West as an equal. The Arab world, so the Iraqi dictator believes, would be consumed with anti-Western rage, and ultimately the United States would be forced to make a deal …

Fibroid Warnings: Are You Seeing Them?

Kathleen Di Mond, 39, a mother of two in Oakland, NJ, had always had normal periods. So when her flow suddenly became very heavy and lasted for two weeks, and she developed excruciating back pain during her periods, she consulted her gynecologist. The diagnosis: fibroids. And the recommended treatment: a hysterectomy to remove the six golf ball-size growths in her uterus.

But Di Mond didn’t want to lose her uterus. Although she and her husband didn’t plan to have any more children, she’d just had her gall bladder removed, and she didn’t want to go through major surgery again. But the alternative her doctor suggested–do nothing and at menopause, the fibroids …

1990 Revisited

nopbrToday, New Year’s Eve, some of us make resolutions designed to improve our character, our health, or our waistline, and even though some pledges will improve all three at the same time, we are fated, as sinners, to-sin again. The mood brings us to reflect on the nature of President Bush’s tergiversation, which ranks as the most prominent political-moral event of 1990. Two reminiscences:

The first presidential campaign to which I paid any notice was the race between Wendell Willkie and President Roosevelt. Candidate Willkie made several sharp criticisms of the conduct of foreign policy by FDR, but the following summer, the defeated candidate was adopting the FDR line. He testified …

A Reminscence

arI took the bull by the horns. Tipper has been after me to display signs of my warrior self, and the holidays seemed a perfect time, and so I invited Janet Reno to Thanksgiving dinner.

It was awkward, of course. I knew Janet was planning to spend the weekend deciding whether to call for an independent prosecutor for the fundraising scandal. To some it would seem a mighty cynical invitation. Everyone knows that she doesn’t have much of a family to go to, and that she’s kind of a workaholic, and that if I phrased it right it would be almost impossible for her to decline. But I also knew that …

Remember When Fiber Was Rare?

IS YOUR HOME OFFICE LOOKING a bit dated? No satellite linkups for videoconferencing? No broadband cable directly linking you to Kinko’s? Why not move to Celebration, Florida, a new high-tech community of the future, brought to you by the Walt Disney’ Co. and AT&T?

slfvLet’s look at the specs as described by its creators, then try to imagine life inside this “feature-rich communications tapestry.” Celebration, which might be a good name for a new GM car or a Kentucky Derby-winner, is a planned acre community developed by the Celebration. Co., a Disney subsidiary, and serviced by AT&T’s latest fab stuff. Residents will be able to access a variety of online interactive …

Carpal Tunnel Victories And What It Brought To Tech

In August 1994 HOC reported on Compaq’s courtroom victory over a woman who claimed a Compaq keyboard had given her carpal tunnel syndrome, a repetitive strain injury (RSI). Since then, three similar lawsuits brought against IBM have collapsed, and the Clinton Administration’s proposed ergonomic standard for companies is under fire from a Congress hostile to government regulation.

Linda Urbanski, one of the three whose cases against IBM floundered (she did, however, settle with Apple in a related suit) is now going back to college to get a degree in human services. A 100-words-a-minute typist before the injury that left her thumbs, wrists, biceps, and shoulders thick with pain every day, …

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