What Makes a Wine Great? It’s Not Just Old and Complex.

On some occasions, the context is theoretical. A friend once told me years ago, “Sometimes a fine Beaujolais is a better choice than La Tâche,” referring to the Grand Cru Burgundy of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, one of the rarest, most expensive and most valuable wines in the world. Few would argue that any Beaujole … Read more

The Confounding Lightness of Helen Pashgian

SANTA FE, New Mexico – Long-standing and under-recognized California’s leading lighting and space artist, Helen Bashjian, recently took a break from installing her full retrospective here at SITE Santa Fe to recount one of the defining moments in her life, how she was at the age The third had escorted her family from their comfortable … Read more

The Great ‘West Side Story’ Debate

rather Matthew, I’ll get back to you, as a theater artist whose response to the material has changed over time. Among other things, she wrote a play about the play and its impact on the Puerto Rican family. Tell us about it – and have we been informed by your new insight into where the … Read more

How Tokyo pulled off the Olympics in the midst of a pandemic

Organizing the Tokyo Olympics in the midst of the pandemic has been a formidable task. So how did its organizers manage to implement it, and what is the legacy of the Games now that the Tokyo Olympic flame has gone out? Tokyo 2020 was an Olympic tournament like no other, though probably not in the … Read more

Best Albums of 2021 – The New York Times

Jon Pareles | Jon Caramanica | Lindsay Zoladz Jon Pareles Songs of Trauma, Fear and Triumph The past year was awash in recorded music — not only the stuck-at-home recordings that musicians occupied themselves with when touring evaporated during the pandemic, but also many albums that had been made before the lockdowns but had been … Read more

Biden administration seeks to prevent potential Russian invasion of Ukraine

US President Joe Biden talks about his administration’s plan to combat coronavirus disease (Covid-19) with the emergence of the Omicron variant, during his visit to the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Maryland, United States, December 2, 2021. Kevin Lamarck | Reuters On Friday, the Biden administration said it was consulting with Congress and allies … Read more

Omicron variant spreads in Australia, testing reopening plans

Travelers wearing personal protective equipment arrive at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport on November 29, 2021 as Australia records its first cases of the Covid-19 omicron variant. William West | AFP | Getty Images The coronavirus variant omicron spread in Australia on Saturday, testing plans to reopen the economy as a cluster in Sydney grew to 13 … Read more

Congo Ousts Mining Leader in a Cloud of Corruption Claims

The chairman of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s state mining company was ousted on Friday after long allegations of losing billions of dollars in revenue, a move officials said was aimed at fighting corruption as the country’s growing importance in the global clean energy revolution. Albert Yuma Mulimbi, the company’s chairman since 2010, was replaced … Read more