One pig, named Napolean, rises above the rest and uses terror to slowly take control of the farm by violating the commandments. Instead of the quiet, workless, and peaceful home they had imagined, the animals are near starvation and overworked. The pigs on the other hand, are fat and changing every commandment to benefit them.
The New York City Ballet opened its fall season at the David H. Koch Theater with a week of Swan Lakes broken only by a trio of new works for the gala on September 19. The version was Peter Martins’s, which, typically, illustrates the choreographer’s adamant conviction that “less is more.” Needless to say, the stubbornly “clean” edition is likely to make a newbie viewer wonder what, indeed, this legendary piece is about.
Make your own opportunity by starting a business. One way to build credibility for yourself is by crowning yourself president of something. Of course, you won’t fool anyone by simply printing cards and putting your new “company” on your rsum. David Obey, then chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, met with his GOP counterpart, Jerry Lewis, to explain what Democrats had in mind for the stimulus and ask what Republicans wanted to include. “Jerry’s response was, ‘I’m sorry, but leadership tells us we can’t play,’ ” Obey told me. “Exact quote: ‘We can’t play.’ What they said right from the get go was, It doesn’t matter what the hell you do, we ain’t going to help you.
Consider what this country has lived through from 1960 2010: the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert F. Kennedy; Watergate; birth control, in vitro fertilization, organ transplants, a man on the moon, cell phones, computers and the Internet; wars in Vietnam, the Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan; September 11; two recessions; the Exxon Valdez, Three mile Island, and the Gulf oil spill; Columbine, Virginia Tech and the shooting in Tucson, Arizona.
You will find the current selection in two locations: the Ambrosiana Library (above) and the Bramante Sacristry at Santa Maria delle Grazie. They reveal Leonardo’s reflections on the Sun, the Moon and the Earth. The range is extraordinary: a sketch of the Mediterranean; a list of the rivers of India; diagrams of the Sun’s rays; a note on how to view an eclipse; and some reflections on the nature of crayfish and crabs..
I am down just over 11 pounds. The weight loss has obviously slowed down, but I glad to be seeing progress continue. And then there Mike Mike is down 19 pounds! He looking slim and trim and I can help but feel a bit jealous of how easily men lose weight compared to women.