By JOHN PIPKIN
Reviewed by BRENDA WINEAPPLE
This novel of a young Thoreau setting fire to 300 acres of Concord forest is in effect a wily prequel to “Walden.”
The fifth book in the series introduces 1,120 words and 80 idioms (adding up to the 1,200 items mentioned in the title), giving readers an opportunity to learn important words and idioms in business-related English concerning general topics ranging from management strategies to finance and banking matters through interesting excerpts from articles, mainly from The Economist. Three compact discs are included.
Taiwan actress Stephanie Hsiao will play a wily Cupid on TV in excerpts from the Peking Opera "Matchmaker." Acclaimed as the "most beautiful woman in Taiwan ..
adj., -li·er, -li·est.
Full of wiles; cunning.excerpt Show phonetics
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An excerpt from her new thriller will appear in this weekend's magazine.
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This passage of text has been excerpted from her latest novel.
Cloak and Dollar Oversight
It is time to bring the almighty dollar in from the cold as a principal agent in the wily art of avoiding intelligence oversight.
The surest way to track power on Capitol Hill is to follow the money through the precincts of “the old bulls” — the ranking committee appropriators who paw the floor at any threat to their authority. All the more interesting, then, that the incoming House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, would risk their ire by forming a select committee to force the two discordant spheres of intelligence committees — budget wielders and policy watchdogs — to find common ground.
For decades, rival committees and egos have been at the heart of Congress’s failure to effectively oversee the government’s mass of overlapping spy agencies. The results have been so bad that the 9/11 commission said they contributed to the lack of preparedness for the terrorist attacks...
He was a Nietzschean shaman who regarded art as a mysterious, magical force, offering the possibility of exorcism and transfiguration; a chameleon who effortlessly moved back and forth between Cubism and classicism, irony and sentimentality, cruelty and tenderness; a wily, self-mythologizing sorcerer who inhaled history, ideas and a cornucopia of styles with fierce, promiscuous abandon — all toward the end of exploding conventional ways of looking at the world and remaking that world anew.