There is nothing at all wrong with this advice. After all, the Slow people are talking about something that also concerns me: authenticity.
But Paul Virilio, the philosopher who revealed that speed is a phenomenon of modern life, said that quick movers will dominate slow movers.
It is nature's law that if something can go fast it will. If we can do something faster, we will. In fact, we are.
It has been 12 years since the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas unleashed his concept of "the generic city," a sprawling metropolis of repetitive buildings centered on an airport and inhabited by a tribe of global nomads with few local loyalties. His argument was that in its profound sameness, the generic city was a more accurate reflection of contemporary urban reality than nostalgic visions of New York or Paris.Now he may get a chance to create his own version.Designed for one of the biggest developers in the United Arab Emirates, Nakheel, Koolhaas's master plan for the proposed 1.5-billion-square-foot Waterfront City in Dubai would simulate the density of Manhattan on an artificial island just off the Persian Gulf. A mix of nondescript towers and occasional bold architectural statements, it would establish Dubai as a center of urban experimentation as well as one of the world's fastest growing metropolises.
The way Koolhaas addresses the island's isolation raises the most difficult questions. If his island of densely packed towers evokes a fragment of the great 20th-century metropolis, it can also conjure its dystopian twin: a miniaturized version of a city of glittering towers built for the global elite, barricaded against the urban poor and its makeshift shantytowns. (Think of George Romero's 2005 flick, "Land of the Dead," with its menacing corporate masters peering down on a world of faceless zombies.)
Whatever his social goals, Koolhaas will have little control over the makeup of this community, which, if current development in waterfront Dubai is any indication, is still likely to serve a small wealthy elite.Then there is the question of scale. Covering six and a half square miles, the island is roughly the size of a small urban neighborhood. Is this large enough to sustain the dense social fabric that Koolhaas is after? Or is it more likely to become a new species of gated enclave, architecturally stupendous yet profoundly exclusionary? Does its compact size make it easier to seal off from supposed undesirables?
Will rockets on Israeli towns bring independence and freedom? "Yes," she said. "Absolutely."
Ayash Abed Rabo, 34, her cousin, scoffed. "These rockets are a joke," he said. "We want to live. We want peace. I don't want Israel here, and I don't want resistance."
For two months, the Illinois senator dominated the national zeitgeist with his "yes, we can" message of hope and change, a phenomenon celebrated in YouTube videos and T-shirts. But his recent return to earth coincided with the settling of the TV writers' strike and the re-emergence of late-night comedy shows as a political force.
"Saturday Night Live," the granddaddy of all political comedy shows in the United States, chose to build its Obama narrative around the idea that reporters were completely in his thrall. And its skits - on both Feb. 23 and March 1 - presented Obama as an amiable guy inflated to hero status by a worshipful media.
"In less than a minute, the 'SNL' skit crystallized Hillary's complaints" about unfair media treatment "and upgraded them from mere media inside baseball to the conventional wisdom," said Matthew Felling, a former media analyst for CBS.com.
As Ali Gallagher, a white Hillary volunteer in Austin told The Washington Post's Krissah Williams: "A friend of mine, a black man, said to me, 'My ancestors came to this country in chains; I'm voting for Barack.' I told him, 'Well, my sisters came here in chains and on their periods; I'm voting for Hillary.' "
Goldman Sachs, the world's largest investment bank, presented a plan Wednesday to spend $100 million to teach business and management skills to 10,000 women across the globe.
The 10,000 Women program will become Goldman Sach's biggest charitable donation. In 2007, Goldman Sachs gave about $101 million to charities and about $19 million in grants through a separate education foundation.
The lawmaker, State Senator Karen Johnson, has sponsored a bill, which the Arizona Senate Judiciary Committee approved last week, that would allow people with a concealed-weapons permit - limited to those 21 and older here - to carry their firearms at public colleges and universities. Concealed weapons are generally not permitted at most public establishments, including colleges.
New Yorkers may not jump off the Empire State Building, even with a parachute, an appelate court in Manhattan has ruled.
In contrast, East Asian cultures stress interdependence. When Easterners take in a scene, they tend to focus more on the context as well as the object: the whole block, say, rather than the BMW parked in the foreground.
To use a camera analogy, "the Americans are more zoom and the East Asians are more panoramic," said Dr. Denise Park of the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas in Dallas. "The Easterner probably sees more, and the Westerner probably sees less, but in more detail."
"This is an impressive result and it was principally driven by consistently high passenger demand throughout the year," Cathay Pacific's chairman, Christopher Pratt, said at a news conference. "Demand from business and first-class passengers was particularly strong," he added.
"Journalism is key to what we do," Walton said. "Fox is doing something different."
The minimum wage in Britain will rise 3.8 percent to £5.73, or $11.34, an hour starting in October, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said.