Jay Ingram has collected in The Barmaid's Brain 21 essays about curiosities of human behavior, life, science, history, and how things work.
One of the best things about the book is how it is organized. Almost each chapter could stand on its own.
Two Chinese intellectuals, banished to a peasant village, woo the little seamstress with stories from banned authors: Balzac, Dumas.
Here is a list of some of my favorite underreported stories of 2004.
While Bush pays lip service to compassion for "our fellow Americans" his policy and proposals only add to their "illness or poverty. Here, in the spirit of Christmas, is a rundown of his greatest hits.
Chris Muir's excellent Day By Day cartoon, for December 27, 2004
New Year's resolutions are usually hard. But this one is easy...