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The increasing difficulty of reading small print that begins in middle age is called presbyopia, from the Greek words for “old man” and “eye.” It’s exceedingly common, and despite the Greek etymology, women experience it, too. Every five years, the average adult over 30 loses the ability to see another line on the eye reading charts used in eye doctors’ offices.
Then the water in the village well began to disappear, turning cloudy, then red, then slime-green, but the villagers kept drinking it. That was all they had.
Norman Ohler, a journalist and novelist, believes that the Third Reich was, quite literally, an altered state. From factory workers to homemakers, from businessmen to members of the SS, almost everyone was, at some point, high on something. In particular, he writes in “Blitzed,” they were drawn to a little pill called Pervitin — a low-dose methamphetamine akin to present-day “crystal meth.” In the case of Adolf Hitler, the methamphetamine was supplemented with barbiturates, cocaine, steroids, sex hormones and an early form of OxyContin.
A strange thing about novels is how often, and strenuously, they proclaim the dangers of novel-reading. Consider the fates of our most famous bibliomaniacs. Don Quixote succumbs to delusions, debt and sundry humiliations. Emma Bovary to debt, seedy affairs and protracted death by arsenic. Catherine Morland, delusions. Mary Bennet, insufferable pedantry. Jo March — unforgivably — marriage to an insufferable pedant and surrender of all creative ambitions.
Five representatives of countries that signed up to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries output agreement — Kuwait, Algeria, Venezuela and non-OPEC nations Russia and Oman — met in Kuwait on Sunday to review the current levels of compliance.
It is an unusual field. The tournament had a dearth of upsets in the first weekend — the final group of 16 teams comprised 12 of the top 16 seeds. But there are two programs, seventh-seeded South Carolina and top-seeded Gonzaga, in their first Final Four, a dual debut of a type that last happened in 1996. And Oregon, a No. 3 seed, had advanced this far only once before — in the first tournament, in 1939, which the Ducks won.
“Diverting a fight is clearly not our first choice, but our crew felt it was necessary to divert to Los Angeles and deplane the passenger before beginning to fly over the Pacific Ocean,” the airline said in a statement.
Boats get trapped in muck all the time, of course. But this sudden halt interrupted a crucial test for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ambitious plan to start a citywide ferry service this summer.
Gold for April delivery
rose $10.00, or 0.8%, to $1,258.50 an ounce, while May silver
gained 20 cents, or 1.1%, to $17.95 an ounce.