If the information Alice Collins Plebuch was seeing on her computer screen was correct, it posed a fundamental mystery about her very identity. It meant one of her parents wasn’t who he or she was supposed to be — and, by extension, neither was she. We are only just beginning to grapple with what it means to cheaply and easily uncover our genetic heritage.
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Below are a handful of more recent pieces. A few of the articles Copeland wrote during the 2008 presidential election include a look at the denigrating rhetoric of how Hillary Clinton became “Poor Hillary,” this take on John McCain during the last hours before the vote (“The king of doggedness, who knows something about patience, and something about being a pain, and whose charm and gall derive from that combination…”), and the unlikely love story of Dennis and Elizabeth Kucinich, which involved “Indian nuns, a bust of Gandhi, a portrait of ‘conscious light,’ a mystical opal ring," and, naturally, Shirley MacLaine. She also accompanied Johnny Weir on a designer shopping trip during the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy (the sight of a knockoff "hurts my feelings," he declared, dropping $1,330), and during the 2005 Michael Jackson molestation trial, she chronicled the shady culture of Neverland – “a hotbed of intrigue and petty theft, disgruntled employees and hangers-on.”
The brands may be small-scale and homespun, but artisanal beauty is fast becoming a big business, with more and more dedicated websites and retail outlets cropping up.
Butter’s story is a very American story, because the arc of its vilification and subsequent redemption is a parable for how we get food wrong time and again. We alternately demonize and idealize individual ingredients — not just butter but also sugar, caffeine, red wine and supposed miracle foods featured on “The Dr. Oz Show” — and in doing so, we miss the big picture.
Those who stopped tuning in when the pioneer of shock jock culture left terrestrial radio for satellite a decade ago have no idea what they’re missing. Late-night TV has all but abandoned the art of the Q&A for goofy games and scripted shtick — and Howard Stern has unexpectedly emerged as the most potent and powerful interviewer in American broadcasting.
Even before he fell off a stage in Sweden and broke his leg, Dave Grohl was feeling creaky. He is 46, drinks too much coffee, and wakes up at 6 wherever he is, even on days he doesn’t need to pack lunches and get the kids into the Honda Odyssey.