July 15, 2013
By Philipp Meyer Ecco. 592 pp. $27.99 Reviewed by Kevin Grauke Texans are notoriously prickly when it comes to outsiders writing about their homeland, especially when what's being written are Texas-sized novels meant to capture its essence. Take Edna Ferber's Giant (1952) and James Michener's Texas (1985). Both were greeted with howls from the Lone Star State for historical and sociocultural inaccuracies, as well as their hoary stereotypes. Taking up this gauntlet is Philipp Meyer, whose first novel, American Rust, won acclaim from coast to coast for its unflinching portrait of a dying Pennsylvania steel town.
July 13, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The price of oil rose back above $105 Friday. Gasoline prices jumped the most since mid-February, unwelcome news for summertime drivers. Drivers are seeing the impact. The average price for a gallon of gas in the U.S. rose 3 cents to $3.55 a gallon, the biggest one-day increase since Feb. 16, according to AAA. Prices rose 10 cents in both Indiana and Michigan. The average price has gained 8 cents since Monday, reversing what had been a steady decline since the middle of June.
July 8, 2013 |
LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec - A train carrying crude oil derailed Saturday in eastern Quebec, sparking several explosions and a blaze that nearly destroyed the center of the town of Lac-Megantic and killed at least one person. An unspecified number of people were reported missing. Witnesses said the eruptions sent residents scrambling through the streets under the intense heat of towering fireballs and a red glow that illuminated the night sky. Quebec Provincial Police Lt. Michel Brunet confirmed that one person had died.
July 8, 2013 |
MAIPÚ, Argentina - Ten minutes in the orchard and already my hands felt raw. How do they do this all day without gloves, I wondered, shuffling my feet for a better foothold in Argentina's sandy clay. It was Thursday, the day we'd expected to be tasting wine at the Zuccardi family's finca (ranch) and winery, in Maipú, Mendoza Province. Instead, we were clawing through a tangle of branches, trying to pick enough olives to feed Zuccardi's state-of-the-art olive oil press. It looked so easy when Torey Novak, Zuccardi's tour guide, gave a demonstration.
July 3, 2013
Rawleigh Warner, 92, the Mobil Oil Corp. chairman and chief executive officer who took corporate-image management to a new level through company sponsorship of public TV's Masterpiece Theater and paid opinion pieces that appeared in U.S. newspapers, died Wednesday in Hobe Sound, Fla., of complications from a progressive muscle disease, a New York Times obituary said. As chairman and CEO from 1969 to 1986, and president from 1965 to 1969, the finance-minded Mr. Warner led Mobil, then based in New York, as it overtook rivals to become second in sales behind Exxon Corp., years before the two companies merged.
June 16, 2013
Life amid the Irish Troubles. On Movies, H2.
June 13, 2013 |
JOHN RUSSEL is hopeless as a handyman. The first time he tried to use a table saw he inherited from his father, he cut off a finger. But John had a secret weapon: his brother. After moving to Los Angeles, John would have to cope with the problems every homeowner has to face. When a problem was defeating him, he called his brother back in Secane, Delaware County. His brother, Frank Ross "Beansie" Russel, was an amazing handyman. He could fix anything - and enjoy doing it. "I would call him up about something that was broken that was frustrating me," John said, "and he would say, 'John, calm down, we have the technology.' " Frank Russel died Monday of cancer.
May 23, 2013
?? servings ?? 2 cups whole wheat flour 11/2 cups buckwheat flour 11/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 2 eggs 3 cups buttermilk Cooking oil or bacon drippings 1. Sift together the whole wheat and buckwheat flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt three times in order to combine all ingredients evenly. Beat the eggs until lemon color, then beat in the buttermilk. Form a valley in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the buttermilk mixture.
May 17, 2013
Makes 2-4 servings 8 ounces fresh chèvre, room temperature 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon lemon zest 1/4 teaspoon green peppercorns, milled or ground Fresh rosemary and thyme, to taste Sea salt (optional) Combine these ingredients to form a uniformly zesty dip, or simply drizzle the olive oil and herbs over a log of fresh goat cheese for a mezze-style appetizer. Set the goat cheese on a lipped plate and press down on it with the back of a spoon, creating a trough for your toppings.
May 10, 2013 |
Eating fish is good for your heart, but taking fish-oil capsules does not help people at high risk of heart problems who are already taking medicines to prevent them, a large study in Italy found. The work makes clearer who does and does not benefit from taking supplements of the good oils found in fish such as salmon, tuna, and sardines. Previous studies have suggested that fish-oil capsules could lower heart risks in people with heart failure or who have already suffered a heart attack.