Meeting your prospective father-in-law is always a nerve-wracking experience, but it results in far-reaching consequences for Thomas Brenner (Max Boublil). The wedding singer’s charms might have swayed his daughter and humanitarian wife (Sandrine Kiberlain), but not this ennui-shrouded early retiree Gilbert (Alain Chabat).
The sudden loss of loved ones and the consequences of such events are recurring themes in a just-published collection of short stories by Hamilton writer Elizabeth Cunnane. Titled After, the book will be launched tonight at Aesthete Gallery in Hamilton
No one likes to walk into work after just a few fitful hours of sleep. But now there’s evidence that not getting enough sleep may have more serious consequences than dark circles under your eyes the next morning
Largely as a result of sex-selective abortions, Asia today is short of 160 million women. They have disappeared silently over several decades, but their absence can be seen in classrooms filled with boys, in huddles of bachelors on city streets and in higher rates of bride trafficking and prostitution elicited by growing numbers of sexually frustrated men
Spare a thought for Jordan’s King Abdullah as he visits Washington this week, complaining of the dire consequences of the failure of his Israeli neighbor to make peace with the Palestinians: it’s not easy being a monarch in a Middle East buffeted by the democratic winds of the Arab Spring, and even less so when your country is wracked with rising tensions between its indigenous Bedouins and Palestinians who comprise as much as half of the population. When the King visited the southern tribal area of Tafila on Monday, a rare skirmish between the gathered crowd and security officers hinted at the powder keg atop which Abdullah sits.
Maybe it’s because I was born a couple of months after Woodstock and wasn’t around when marijuana was as common as iPods are today, but I’m constantly amazed that after all these years–and all the wars on drugs and all the public-service announcements–nearly 15 million Americans still use marijuana at least once a month. California and 10 other states have already decriminalized marijuana for medical use
It’s the latest evidence that the health and environmental effects of the Fukushima nuclear-power-plant accident will be devastating and long-lasting. After a review of data on the amount of radiation leaked by the damaged plant following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, Japanese nuclear-safety officials raised their assessment of the crisis to Level 7, the highest ranking on an international scale of nuclear-incident severity–which puts the Fukushima disaster on par with the Chernobyl explosion in 1986
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X His account of his evolution from Malcolm Little, criminal, to Malcolm X, charismatic black militant leader, appeared shortly after his assassination. At once an unsparing confession and spiritual quest, the book tells a haunting tale of racial persecution and rebirth
The doctors who agreed to an experimental treatment for a severely disabled girl thought there were clear medical benefits to keeping her small. Autopsy the doctors’ argument, and you find that they concluded they could remove Ashley’s uterus and breast buds because she’d be better off without them; they could keep her short because, since she’ll never have a job or a romance, she’d not suffer the social consequences of smallness
It’s not easy watching your own history repeat itself. At first, Jo–a 49-year-old mother of two from Georgia–thought she would be spared having to witness her children relive her long struggle with obesity.