Wes Phillips

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Wes Phillips  |  Dec 14, 2005  |  0 comments
Physicist Matt Sellars and his research team at the Australian National University's Laser Physics Center have "frozen" laser light—slowing it from 670 million miles an hour to 670 miles an hour, and then stopping it altogether.
Wes Phillips  |  Apr 25, 2007  |  0 comments
Read Matt Taibbi's obituary of Boris Yeltsin.
Wes Phillips  |  Mar 06, 2006  |  0 comments
On the eve of the release of a new DVD edition of Empire of the Sun, J.G. Ballard muses on how strange it can be when Hollywood options your life—or something like it.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 02, 2006  |  1 comments
This 25-year-old rant by Pauline Kael is even truer today.
Wes Phillips  |  Apr 12, 2006  |  0 comments
Carl van Schaik says it's the culture. They learn from one another. I sure learn from the people who read stuff I write.
Wes Phillips  |  May 22, 2007  |  0 comments
As a work-at-home guy, I wonder about this all the time—especially when I visit Park Slope during the daytime. Doesn't anybody there have a job?
Wes Phillips  |  Sep 14, 2006  |  1 comments
I want to be secure when I fly, but many of the new restrictions strike me as absurd. I was forced to check my rolling carry-on yesterday because it "was larger than a computer bag." Great. I had visions of arriving at CEDIA sans computer or camera.
Wes Phillips  |  Nov 07, 2006  |  1 comments
On our morning rides, Jeff Wong and I pass one point that has recently been covered with geese resting on their migration south. We've been wondering why here? and Why a "V"?
Wes Phillips  |  Feb 01, 2006  |  0 comments
Turns out the theories about this have changed over time. This fascinating article reminds me of the great Simon Frith essay, "Why Do Songs Have Words?" Frith posited that pop song lyrics teach the young men of our decidedly unpoetic era the language of courtship.
Wes Phillips  |  Jul 20, 2006  |  3 comments
Money quote: "Not one student said, I am studying English "because I want to make a lot of money" or 'because my parents made me.'"
Wes Phillips  |  Jul 23, 2007  |  0 comments
Mohsin Hamid, author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, was asked on a book tour, "So tell me, sir. Why do they hate us?" Having spent half his life in America, the Pakistani writer had to think about who "us" and "they" were. This fine essay is the result of that thinking.
Wes Phillips  |  Aug 02, 2007  |  0 comments
Julian Lloyd Webber asks a big question.
Wes Phillips  |  Nov 01, 2006  |  1 comments
I think it's because he's a dangerous psychotic who probably has about a zillion injunctions forbidding him anywhere close to children. . . . Wait, was that a trick question?
Wes Phillips  |  Jun 13, 2006  |  0 comments
I do believe in copyright and I do believe that creators deserve to benefit from their creations. However, very few works of literature remain popular even 20 years after their creation–and the current standard, recently extended by another 20 years, merely prevents legitimate uses, such as this case, where James Joyce's grandson is being pompous little pimple about who is "worthy" to write about his uncle.
Wes Phillips  |  Aug 28, 2006  |  0 comments
Yes, we speak of things that matter,
With words that must be said,
"Can analysis be worthwhile?"
"Is the theater really dead?"