THERE were no answers in the family box yesterday for Jennifer Capriati. Not from a longtime friend named Molly, or her trainer, Scott Humphries, or her coach-for-the-moment, Tom Gullikson. Serena Williams was on a grass-court roll, in the power-tennis zone, where Capriati was trapped as helpless prey. A couple of times along the way to a 6-1, 6-1 thrashing in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, out of old habit, Capriati searched the corner of the stands for familiar, friendly eyes. ''A little bit, we tried to get her fired up, hitting through the ball,'' Gullikson said. By the middle of the second set, with time running out on the 45-minute slaughter, Capriati knew it didn't much matter anymore. She was out on Center Court, dealing with defeat, and life, all on her own. It took a good while for her to reach this apparent and necessary demarcation, 14 years after she made her Tour debut at age 13 years 11 months. The story of Capriati's rise and fall and rise is well … [Read more...] about Sports of The Times; It Was Jennifer Capriati’s Most Excellent Adventure
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In Archive 81 , cinema is a figurative and literal gateway to other worlds. The notion that the movies are a transportive portal is nothing particularly new—especially in the horror genre—but showrunner Rebecca Sonnenshine and executive producer James Wan’s eight-part Netflix series (based on Daniel Powell and Marc Sollinger’s podcast of the same name) nonetheless finds new ways to enliven its underlying idea, along the way paying tribute to the many chilling ancestors that paved the way for its malevolent tale about a young man tasked with restoring video tapes about a calamity that befell a community decades earlier. Taking a kitchen-sink approach to scary storytelling, it cleverly and entertainingly resurrects, and reinvents, that which came before it. Following in the footsteps of John Carpenter’s Masters of Horror anthology entry Cigarette Burns , David Cronenberg’s Videodrome , Joel Schumacher’s 8mm , Hideo Nakata’s Ringu and Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound … [Read more...] about Netflix’s ‘Archive 81’ Is the First Binge-Worthy Horror Series of 2022
In the latest chapter of “Tourists Doing Unnecessarily Bad Things,” a group of vandals caused irreparable damage to a panel of ancient petroglyphs in the Indian Head area of Big Bend National Park last month. It’s certainly not the first incident of its kind. Carvings in the Colosseum walls, broken Moai statues on Easter Island, spray-painted Tottori Sand Dunes in Japan: all tell the story of a society growing increasingly less concerned with the preservation of its history than with performative destruction for a few Instagram views. According to a report from the National Park Service , on December 26, a group of tourists who have not yet been identified (but whose names we know are Adrian, Ariel, Isaac and Norma) “boldly scratched their names and the date across the prehistoric art,” which is believed to be somewhere in the vicinity of 3,000 years old. It’s one of more than 50 documented instances of vandalism to the rock art since 2015. “Big Bend National Park belongs to … [Read more...] about Idiot Tourists Carve Their Names Over Ancient Petroglyphs at Big Bend
When my second-grade teacher was growing up during the Great Depression, she discovered what would become her favorite book at the Cleveland Heights Public Library. Unfortunately, by the time she’d finished reading “The Hobbit” and persuaded her parents to buy her a copy, they couldn’t find it in the bookstore. Undeterred, she checked out the library’s copy over and over again, determined to make one of her own by pecking out the entire text with two fingers on the family’s manual typewriter. How many authors who write for adults can boast of having a reader so utterly devoted to their work? Leonard Marcus’s “Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children’s Literature” is the story of the apparatus that conjured such readers into existence: the children’s librarian who chose to order “The Hobbit”; the publisher (Houghton Mifflin, Marcus’s own) who brought it to market, the stores that were out of stock (possibly because of paper shortages). He … [Read more...] about Where the Wild Things Came From
They go by names like Jerk Chicken, Lizard, Scooby Doo and Young Blood. They hustle across Brooklyn and Queens seven days a week, some risking arrest, in order to serve tens of thousands of customers who rely on them. They are dollar van drivers, and they ferry commuters largely neglected by New York City’s vast public transit system — people who live in neighborhoods beyond the subway’s reach, where buses are often late and Uber and Lyft are too expensive. The dollar vans — mini school buses with tinted windows that roll through the streets blaring reggae or R&B — make up a loosely organized industry and many drivers operate illegally without the required city permits. The vans have at times drawn scrutiny because of collisions, and have been criticized for contributing to congestion by sometimes blocking bus lanes to pick up passengers. The developers of a new app are hoping to generate more business for these modern jitneys and challenge the public bus system in the way … [Read more...] about Can ‘Scooby Doo’ and the Rest of the Dollar Vans Go High-Tech?