pnjman + 2002   23

Laughing all the way to the bonk | Robert MacFarlane
The sap is rising as never before in Jilly Cooper's latest Rutshire romp, Pandora, and we can't get enough of it.
5th  may  2002  robert  macfarlane  observer  book  review  literature  fiction  jilly  cooper 
october 2018 by pnjman
Across the Two Karoos | Paul Theroux
I used to think it was axiomatic that the worst trains traveled on the greatest routes -- horrible choo-choos through the wonderful African bush, iron roosters across ancient Xinjiang -- and that the converse was true too: from comfortable trains all you got were disappointing glimpses of Bridgeport or Clapham Junction.
16th  july  2002  nyt  paul  theroux  travel  railways  south  africa 
march 2017 by pnjman
The Middleman | Peter Hessler
A black marketer from a Muslim minority in China reinvents himself.
14th  october  2002  new  yorker  peter  hessler  china  politics  Uighurs  from instapaper
may 2013 by pnjman
Beach Summit | Peter Hessler
Where China’s leaders go to decide the future.
2nd  september  2002  new  yorker  peter  hessler  politics  china  from instapaper
may 2013 by pnjman
After 20 years, I finally want England to win | Mark Steel
Our fans liked to express their pride by chanting 'No Surrender to the IRA' five years into the ceasefire.
13th  june  2002  mark  steel  independent  sport  football  world  cup  from instapaper
november 2012 by pnjman
People who don't like sport are wrong | Mark Steel
It has one unique quality over every other branch of culture: no one knows the result beforehand.
6th  june  2002  mark  steel  independent  from instapaper
november 2012 by pnjman
Sinister forces are eating away our local quirks | Mark Steel
It's almost certain that the iceberg that's broken away from Antarctica has already got a Costa Coffee and a Wetherspoon's pub.
11th  april  2002  independent  mark  steel  from instapaper
november 2012 by pnjman
Alan Richman Gets His Tongue Around Something Chinese | Alan Richman
Chopsticks at the ready, our globe-trotting gourmand sets out to answer the cosmic question: Does Shanghai, the self-anointed city of the future, have a cuisine to match?
june  2002  gq  alan  richman  food  china  shanghai  from instapaper
october 2012 by pnjman
What, No Hershey Bar? | Alan Richman
Not everything that falls from the Afghan sky carries an explosive. Ex-GI Alan Richman, for whom C rations were mother’s milk, assesses the quirky contents of those yellow HDRs.
february  2002  gq  alan  richman  food  afghanistan  from instapaper
september 2012 by pnjman
The Man Who Devoured 55th Street | Alan Richman
River to river, there are forty-six restaurants on this busy Manhattan crosstown street. To eat at each of them—some more than once—seems a fool’s errand, but that didn’t stop our hungry critic.
november  2002  gq  alan  richman  food  restaurants  review  new  york  usa  from instapaper
september 2012 by pnjman
Political Animals | Christopher Hitchens
A new book asks all the right questions about animal rights, even it it doesn't canvass all the possible answers.
november  2002  atlantic  christopher  hitchens  animal  rights  review  book  from instapaper
september 2012 by pnjman
A Man of Permanent Contradictions | Christopher Hitchens
The paradox underlying all of Kipling's work is a horror of democracy combined with an Exaltation of the common man.
june  2002  atlantic  christopher  hitchens  rudyard  kipling  literature  from instapaper
september 2012 by pnjman
The Man of Feeling | Christopher Hitchens
Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis's comic masterpiece, may be the funniest book of the past half century.
may  2002  christopher  hitchens  atlantic  literature  kingsley  amis  lucky  jim  from instapaper
september 2012 by pnjman
The Medals of His Defeats | Christopher Hitchens
Our author takes the Great Man down a peg or two—and still finds that Churchill was a great man.
April  2002  atlantic  christopher  hitchens  winston  churchill  history  wwii  from instapaper
september 2012 by pnjman
Oxford's Rebel Angel | Christopher Hitchens
Breaking with the Christian literary tradition of Lewis Carroll, C. S. Lewis, and J. R. R. Tolkien, Oxford schoolteacher Philip Pullman has written a fabulously subversive trilogy that blurs the line between adult and children’s fiction. He’s been condemned by the Catholic press, while readers find heaven in his pages.
christopher  hitchens  vanity  fair  phillip  pullman  interview  literature  october  2002  from instapaper
july 2012 by pnjman
Pakistan: On the Frontier of Apocalypse | Christopher Hitchens
As the events in Afghanistan unfold, the scariest place on the planet may be just next door. Patched together like Frankenstein’s monster by the British under Lord Mountbatten, Pakistan, a nation mired in hypocrisy, has partially repudiated its ties to al-Qaeda and the Taliban in order to squeeze another large check out of the United States. But from Peshawar to Islamabad,Christopher Hitchens sees evidence that Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal, warring fundamentalists, and territorial claims on Indian-held Kashmir make it not only a dangerous ally in this war but the likely cradle of an even deadlier conflict.
christopher  hitchens  january  2002  vanity  fair  pakistan  india  afghanistan  from instapaper
july 2012 by pnjman
1491 | Charles C. Mann
Before it became the New World, the Western Hemisphere was vastly more populous and sophisticated than has been thought—an altogether more salubrious place to live at the time than, say, Europe. New evidence of both the extent of the population and its agricultural advancement leads to a remarkable conjecture: the Amazon rain forest may be largely a human artifact.
charles  mann  atlantic  march  2002  usa  brazil  amazon  history  anthropology  from instapaper
july 2012 by pnjman
Middle-earth: the real world of J. R. R. Tolkien | Brian N. Weidner
In the world of fantasy fiction, perhaps no other writings have found such fame as J. R. R Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and its companion books The Hobbit and The Silmarillion. They have also been the subject of much controversy as the "true" meaning of them has been endlessly disputed. They have been evaluated numerous times as a stand against the status quo, as shown by counrercultural declarations of "Frodo Lives" in the subways of New York in the 1970s. The question raised following the original publication of the books was what exactly was Tolkien trying to express through The Lord of the Rings? In response to these inquiries, Tolkien published the following statement in the Foreword to the second edition of The Lord of the Rings:
brian  weidner  tolkien  literature  mythlore  22nd  september  2002  from instapaper
july 2012 by pnjman
Applicability and truth in The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion: readers, fantasy, and canonicity | Sara Upstone
"Tolkien's critics, not his readers, are our of touch with reality. Never has the intellectual establishment so richly deserved defiance."
tolkien  sara  upstone  mythlore  22nd  september  2002  literature  from instapaper
june 2012 by pnjman

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