Angela Pressburger reviews DVDs: A favourite spiritual film, The Cup; an important issue documentary, The Future of Food;
documenting what one human being can accomplish, Ryan's Well;
to see with the whole family, Valiant; and The Secret Life of Geisha
AskOxford: What is the longest English word?
Are there any English words containing the same letter three times in a row?
Are there any words that rhyme with orange?
Magic Machines: A History of the Moving Image from Antiqity to 1900 includes "a strange device for recounting stories in circular form, the Smicroscopin" and using a magic lantern at Versailles, demonstrated how apparitions might be projected onto smoke
Julia Sneden, Olympiad: Does it really take a greedy hope of yet more medals to stir up our patriotic interest? Sorry, NBC, but all your ad evokes in this very patriotic woman is a weary shake of my head. It emphasizes everything I find wrong in sports today
Pat Beurteaux, Secrets of a Successful New Year's Resolution-Maker: With any luck and a modicum of poor management, as one ages, there should be fewer things one can resolve to do. Surely one has tried them all — or nearly
History from the Domesday Book: "In the year one thousand and eighty-six from the Incarnation of our Lord, and in the twentieth year of the reign of William there was made this survey not only through these three
counties, but also through others"
CultureWatch: In Our Endangered Values, America ’s Moral Crisis, Jimmy Carter sounds a clarion cry for change in the future; Toyin Falola writes with humor, truth, and purpose in A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt; Simi Linton’s memoir, My Body Politic, is a summon to the necessity for “affirmative actions of a new and as yet unwritten form to make inclusion, integration, and participation a given of the 21st century”
Rose Mula, Self-Improvement or Self-Delusion? "I probably do have flat abs, but they're still buried under layers of flab; my buns are still more Entemann's than steel; and my thighs and upper arms still have the consistency of unset Jello"