What Starbucks’ ‘Race Together’ Campaign Got Right

You didn’t have to be a fan of the specific “race together” campaign to understand that Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is right about one thing: Americans do need to have more conversations. In particular, they need to have them on painful, divisive topics. Last week, Starbucks announced the initiative, with Schultz encouraging employees to write … Continued


Male Friendship and the Lost Art of Conversation

Brandon McGinley’s wonderful Acculturated piece, “Whatever Happened to Male Friendship?” has understandably been a huge hit. McGinley touched on something very deep and missing in a lot of contemporary culture: the deep bond of male friendship. I couldn’t improve on Mr. McGinley’s piece, but I’d like offer a possible reason why male friendship has been harder … Continued


The Daily Pop Culture Scene

The 1960s Reality Behind Mad Men–Newsweek The Man Med Generation & the Perfect Martini–Christopher Buckley In one of the many scenes in “Mad Men” having to do with drinking, Roger Sterling, played to perfection by John Slattery, goes mano a mano with Don Draper over oysters and Martinis. Roger instructs the waiter, “And don’t let me see the bottom of … Continued