An Overview of Thailand’s Political Situation

Richard Bernstein’s Letter from Thailand, in yesterday’s IHT, provides an overview of the current political situation in Thailand: About a week ago, the Thai press reported on a 30-year-old man, apparently not a brilliant one, who, for unexplained reasons, was tormenting an elephant. He hit the animal, according to the newspapers, whereupon the usually placid […]

Wes Anderson’s New Flick: Set in India

Wes Anderson, the auteur behind “Rushmore,” “The Royal Tenenbaums,” and “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” among other films, has made a new movie set for release in September. It’s called “The Darjeeling Limited,” and it features Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman. They play brothers who take a train trip though India. Here’s […]

Japanese Rice Art Each year, farmers in the town of Inakadate in Aomori prefecture create works of crop art by growing a little purple and yellow-leafed kodaimai rice along with their local green-leafed tsugaru-roman variety. This year’s creation — a pair of grassy reproductions of famous woodblock prints from Hokusai’s 36 Views of Mount Fuji — has […]

Excellent OS X Writing and Project Management App

Scrivener is a remarkably useful Mac-only project management and writing application. I started using it a few months ago, and it’s quickly become a must-have. First off: if you mostly write memos or simple documents that require strict formatting, then you should stick with Word. But if you’re a Mac user looking for something to […]