Despite the best efforts of the entertainment biz to put sex front and center in our children’s consciousness, evidence seems to point to a newfound appreciation for virginity.
Ashley E. McGuire
It’s a feminist myth that women can delay thinking about marriage until they feel like it, because the woman is only one-half of the marriage equation.
R. J. Moeller
Jack White is seeking to find a way to bring things of substance—God, artistic sensibilities, and the blues—kicking and screaming into a modern cultural wasteland.
Eternal youth, while very tempting, is not growth. Refusing to venture beyond the safe shallows of childhood kills our creative and intellectual hunger.
Abby W. Schachter
The news that there are young people who are taking Jewish food laws seriously is noteworthy, but deserves to be met with some skepticism.
Dunham is a good representative for the millennial generation: it seems that one of the things they prize, above all else, is transparency—the sort of openness that means baring your soul to the entire world.
Mon. October 13
In light of the recently minted “Snappening”—the latest nude hack involving 200,000 photos of Average Joes culled over several years, it’s time to rethink our stance on privacy. Privacy in the domain of technology is considered a privilege that many Americans are quickly willing to shrug off, including my Acculturated colleague who penned “Celebgate and the End of Privacy.” In the article, the author shuns “victim blaming” and makes the case for “victim prevention”:
“Let me explain. Imagine that you are running a quick errand and, in your haste, neglect to lock the car door. You return from the store to the parking lot in a matter of minutes, only to discover that your car has been hotwired. It’s gone. Was it right for the thief to steal your car? No. Would it have happened if you locked the door? Highly unlikely.”
She goes on to argue: “Let…
Mon. October 13
Afghanistan war hero, author of the harrowing memoir Lone Survivor and retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell is the very definition of “tough as nails.” So when he lays down rules for dating his daughter, young suitors would be well advised to think long and hard before proceeding.
He recently posted an amusing Facebook status that went viral, listing the daunting Herculean tasks he requires of prospective dates for daughter Addie when she grows up (she is currently only two years old, but Luttrell is getting a head start):
Yea if FB is around when it’s time for her to start dating I’m gonna make him contact every father of a daughter on here, MMA fighter, boxer, police officer, fire fighter and let’s not forget the toughest of all Prison guards. to get their blessing. Oh… in person by the way. Then he will have to do the same thing w/all…
Fri. October 10
Of all the hashtags that have trended in recent memory, there is one that really has stuck in my mind.
It’s just so good, and I find myself inadvertently coming back to it several times a day. The generic brand dishwasher pods that I am trying out leave my dishes with a few annoying crusties. My Volvo needs a part that I can’t find. I am having a squabble with my insurance over something.
One problem I’ve never had to deal with? Tyrannical psychos trying to shoot me on my way to work, or my daughter on her way to school. No, those are not first world problems.
When I find myself complaining or thinking negative thoughts and the #firstworldproblems hashtag flits through my mind, it almost takes my breath away. I think for three seconds about the problems faced by women around the world and…
Fri. October 10
I don’t normally listen to podcasts, but I have a soft spot for the soothing voices and euphonic names found on NPR. Moreover, while I love crime and courtroom dramas on television and Netflix, many of them have gotten so grisly that they have become difficult to watch. Thankfully, This American Life producers Sarah Koenig and Julie Synder have come to my rescue with the absorbing new podcast Serial. Serial takes many things from TAL, but by telling the story across a season, rather than an episode, it allows listeners to delve deeper and become more invested in the story. Each season will cover one story, lasting roughly 10-15 episodes, until the storyline is sufficiently resolved. This is a fresh approach to the largely static format of long-form journalism. Also, it’s one of the most original media ideas I have seen in a long time.
Though not explicitly…
Thu. October 9
New Jersey is known for The Sopranos, The Boss, and The Situation, but rarely would anyone confuse the Garden State for the type of place honest-to-God saints are born.
A New Jersey nun credited with curing a boy’s eye disease moved a step closer to sainthood Saturday in what church officials said was the first beatification Mass held in the United States.
The only person on the eastern seaboard with more love coming their way than the late Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich this year has been New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. Jeter recently played his final games in pinstripes and closed out his historic career in storybook fashion by helping to win both his final home game on September 25th and his final overall game in Boston on September 28th.
It has been one (excruciatingly) long retirement party for Mr. Jeter as he made his…
Thu. October 9
At its best, late night TV correlates to a state not unlike the dreaminess that viewers at home are experiencing. The late hours are a time where mysticism and the subconscious expand as the active mind shuts down, the neurotransmitters of the brain secreting serotonin as we enter an altered state. Of course, it can also be a time—especially for the young—of caffeine and alcohol buzzes and punchy, absurdist humor.
The ability to tap into this state explains the greatness of Johnny Carson and the genius of David Letterman, two of the kings of late night. Johnny Carson (1925-2005) is long gone, and David Letterman has announced he will retire next year after having changed television forever. Because television has become so homogenized and corporate, it’s not likely to produce another truly unique late night king.
In obvious ways, Carson and Letterman are also considered two very…
Wed. October 8
The need to feed the 24/7 news-and-commentary beast brings us many stories each week that, in the grand scheme of things, mean very little. Sadly for the rest of us, the inconsequential nature of a particular story usually does not stop those with axes to grind and grievances to perpetuate from making the rest of us feel their pain.
The most recent of these non-news items emanated from last week’s Monday Night Football matchup between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs. Near the end of the game, Husain Abdullah of the Chiefs intercepted a pass from Tom Brady and ran it back for a touch down. Husain, a devout Muslim, slid on his knees in celebration and then prostrated himself as if he were praying to Mecca.
From The Kansas City Star:
His celebration drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, but the NFL said Tuesday that Abdullah should…
Wed. October 8
Last week, Aretha Franklin announced the release of her latest album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics and the enthusiastic reception reinforced the world’s continued admiration for the singer. Within 48 hours, her cover of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” had earned more than 2 million views and a ranking of 58 among Amazon’s top digital downloads.
The album title intrigued me. America seems to have a fickle relationship with its divas—especially given the great deal of gossip going around about “diva” behavior lately (criticism even the great Ms. Franklin cannot avoid). In particular, newcomer Ariana Grande has been the target of much judgment—most notably, for her preference to be photographed from her left side (showcasing her dimple). But she’s certainly not the first to be pinned with a scarlet “D”. Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Madonna have all been accused of placing demands (i.e.…
Tue. October 7
The concept is as simple as it is genius. A road-trip “buddy comedy” with a pair of quick-witted British actors driving around the stunning Italian countryside, eating delicious food, and cracking wise at one another’s expense. Comedy. Food. Exotic locales. Friendship. The Trip to Italy is an understated, impressive piece of comedic filmmaking.
Director Michael Winterbottom’s largely improvised 2010 film, The Trip, took comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon—or semi-fictionalized versions thereof—on a restaurant tour around northern England. In this witty and incisive follow-up, Winterbottom reunites the pair for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets’ grand tour of Italy and indulging in some sparkling banter and impersonation-offs. Rewetting our palates from the earlier film, the characters enjoy mouthwatering meals in gorgeous settings from Liguria to Capri…
My wife and I found The Trip on Netflix earlier this year…
Tue. October 7
Thanks to the increasing hysteria about a “rape culture” we don’t have and irrational definitions of what constitutes sexual assault, sex on American campuses is becoming so fraught with bureaucratic oversight and legal landmines that students—especially males—may end up settling for celibacy.
Panicking about how to manage a rumored tsunami of on-campus sexual assault allegations, college administrators are constructing ever more layered legal protections. But cultural critic and intellectual provocateur Camille Paglia recently asserted that the “majority of campus incidents being carelessly described as sexual assault” these days are not “rape rape,” as Whoopi Goldberg put it, but merely “oafish hookup melodramas, arising from mixed signals and imprudence on both sides.”
One app developer hopes to make those mixed signals a thing of the past. The New York Post reports that Good2Go, free for both iPhones and Androids, “aims to solve the problem of date rape and…
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