‘Chef’s Table’ and the Virtues of Limits

“When he considers a turnip, it’s like he’s falling in love.” That passion for turnips sets Chef Alain Passard apart from his peers in the world of haute cuisine. Fine French cooking revolves around meat, and the produce-forward menu at Passard’s Arpège in Paris seems to be its own storming of the Bastille. The first … Continued


Why TV Networks Respond Badly to Real-Life Tragedies

For the folks who produce violent and ripped-from-the-headlines television shows, recent events have made life tougher than usual. USA Network, for example, announced that it was delaying the premiere of a new show starring Ryan Phillipe. “In light of recent tragic events and out of respect for the victims, their families and our viewers, we … Continued


The Lonely Parent

In a recent letter to syndicated advice columnist Carolyn Hax, a mother wrote, “Growing up, there were zero boundaries about what movies and TV I could watch—content or amount. This was really, really not good for me. I have created lots of boundaries around these things [for my kids], but I always feel like I’m … Continued

Parenting, The Lonely Parent

What Hilary Duff is Missing: No Marriage is ‘Meant’ to Last Forever

Hilary Duff, who recently filed for divorce, is sounding a cynical note about marriage. “I don’t want to sound bitter because I’m definitely not,” Duff told Cosmopolitan, “but I don’t know if people are meant to be together forever.” “Things happen over a long relationship that you can’t always fight,” she elaborated. “A marriage of … Continued


Kids and TV: How Much is Too Much?

The other day, in a moment of type-A parenting neurosis, I did a Google search on the recommended limits on toddler television. I let my daughter watch two, twenty-two minute episodes of T.V. a day (sue me), and I needed my monthly reminder that I was not destroying her brain or life chances at becoming … Continued

Culture, Entertainment, Television

Why We Need Dark Television Shows

Over the past ten years, my favorite television shows have been the darkest ones on television. Deadwood, Luther, The Wire, Breaking Bad, and True Detective are at the top of my list. These shows are violent dramas, detective shows, or focus on political questions. They are among the most morally serious shows on television. I do … Continued

Entertainment, Television

My New Favorite TV Show: “Foyle’s War”

If you are like me, you like television. And if you are like me, you have a “show” that at any given time, you are watching, usually on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime. And seeing as you are on this site, you are probably like me, at least with respect to television-liking. Actually, you are … Continued

Entertainment, Television