Winter Solstice

Census Convergence
December 22, 2010

Apparently the convergence of these three events has never happened before. The winter solstice has coincided with a total lunar eclipse at least once before in the past 2000 years, and those events coincided with a third, the release of 2010 census data, on Tuesday December 21, 2010.  In astronomical terms, it’s a form of syzygy; in public policy terms, it’s the moment serious policy and political debates begin. Demographers and other analysts wait impatiently for the once-a-decade data release because it sets the stage for 10 years worth of analyses and forms the basis of Census sampling fra

Varieties of Love
May 02, 2005

EROS (Warner Independent) WINTER SOLSTICE (Paramount Classics) MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI, a master of masters, has contributed a short film to a trio of shorts called EROS. His film is “The Dangerous Thread of Things,” which is also the title of one of three brief prose pieces in a book of his. (The book itself is That Bowling Alley on the Tiber.) The pieces were adapted for the screen by Tonino Guerra, his collaborator since L’Avventura (1960). For any Antonioni enthusiast, and I insist on a place in the front rank, all this advance information was exciting.