June 6, 2013 |
In 1961, Phyllis Richman applied to graduate school at Harvard. She received a letter asking how she would balance a career in city planning with her "responsibilities" to her husband and possible future family. Fifty-two years later, she responds. June 9, 2013 Dear William A. Doebele Jr., I'm sorry it has taken me so long to respond to your letter from June 1961 . As you predicted, I have been very busy. Recently, as I was cleaning out boxes of mementos, I came across your letter and...
November 5, 2012 |
DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am 27 and have recently stepped back into the dating game. I have noticed an alarming trend: men commenting on women's bodies on the first date. Now, I do not mind a well-placed compliment to a stranger (you look beautiful/handsome, a comment on a clothing item), but I am deeply offended when men who obviously do not know me feel they can comment on my curves or derriere upon first meeting me. It is not just the jerks who are wishing to rush the physical ... even the...
April 9, 2008
Among the incidents highlighted in a new GAO report on the use of federal "purchase cards": · The Postal Service spent $13,500 on food and liquor for employees and corporate clients at a 2006 dinner at an Orlando steakhouse. · Four Defense Department cardholders charged more than $77,000 at Brooks Brothers and other high-end clothiers for tailor-made suits and other items, including $7,000 in purchases the week before Christmas. · A NASA employee bought two $400 iPods for the personal use of a supervisor, whose name was...
November 28, 2009
Why are the media cheerleading for President Obama's state dinner instead of questioning the wisdom of having such a pompous, unnecessary and extravagant affair when so many Americans are hurting and sleeping in the streets because of the economy ["Prawns & Protocol," Style, Nov. 25]? The appropriate words come to mind: "fiddling while Rome burns" and "Let them eat cake. " I voted for Obama because I saw a remarkable individual who I thought would relate to average Americans rather than to the power brokers and the celebrities.
June 23, 2009 |
In the midst of the explosion-filled, bullet-riddled, Imaxed-out summer movie season, sometimes we need a film that delivers a nice, quiet, thoughtful dinner for two. Enter " My Dinner With Andr é " ($39.95), the 1981 classic that features what is, arguably, cinema's quintessential conversation. Actually, strike that. "Dinner" doesn't just "feature" a conversation. This Louis Malle picture -- shot at the then-shuttered Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Va., -- is nothing but chat, focused fully on a back-and-forth between playwright...
April 27, 2009 |
Last Tuesday evening, Rahm Emanuel quietly slipped into an eighth-floor office at the Watergate. As white-jacketed waiters poured red and white wine and served a three-course salmon and risotto dinner, the White House chief of staff spent two hours chatting with some of Washington's top journalists -- excusing himself to take a call from President Obama and another from Hillary Clinton. As the journalists hurled questions and argued among themselves, Emanuel said: "This feels a lot like a Jewish family dinner.