the Olympics

Twin Pique
December 24, 2005

Last week I attended a screening of Munich in Washington. The evening included testimonials to the film's cinematic power from former Clinton officials Mike McCurry and Dennis Ross, both serving as consultants to the movie's rollout, plus more praise from Princeton Professor Anne-Marie Slaughter and Foreign Policy Editor-In-Chief Moisés Naím.

Poor Sport
July 26, 2004

Kim Clark explores the financial dimensions of Greece's preparations for the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Games Over
October 02, 2000

Olympic Opening Ceremonies are, by their nature, kitschy. And last week's four-and-a-half-hour extravaganza in Sydney--complete with a "lawn-mower ballet" and children costumed as flowers--proved no exception. But this particular halftime show, according to Olympics boosters, held deeper significance. That's because, for the first time since North Korea and South Korea went to war in 1950, the two countries' Olympic delegations marched together under the single banner of Korea.

Unspecial Olympics
February 15, 1999

Jason Zengerle on acts of corruption reported in the Olympic Games.

Welcome to the Olympic Village
July 15, 1996

Matthew Cooper talks about race and the Atlanta Olympics

Homage to Catalunya
May 18, 1992

Robert Hughes’s book is an elitist’s study of a provincial culture, but that is not quite the contradiction that it appears to be.

Talk Talk
February 15, 1987

A Supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary, Volume 4; Se-Z edited by R, W, Burchfield (Oxford University Press, 1,454 pp., $150) The Story of English by Robert McCrum, William Cran, and Robert MacNeil (Elisabeth Sifton Books/Viking, 384 pp.,$24,95) American Talk: The Words and Ways of American Dialects by Robert Hendrlckson (Viking, 231 pp., $18.95) Take My Word For It by William Safire (Times Books, 357 pp., $22,50) A Word or Two Before You Go ..

A Stillborn Olympics
February 16, 1980

Robert Herr on Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev's decision to invite the Olympic games to the Soviet Union.

The Olympic Games: The First Thousand Years
July 03, 1976

The Olympic Games; The First Thousand Years by M.I. Finley and H.W. Pleket (Viking; $12.50) Olympia is not as pretty as the pictures in this book. But if we read its text with care, we learn to see between the lines of Pindar's odes. The history of this athletic festival epitomizes man's capacity for self-delusion. The so-called Sacred Games were neither holy nor, in our sense," played" Time, the Greek word for honor, the goal of heroes on the field of battle or of sport, has also from the earnest connotated acquisition of wealth.

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