The NY Times Guide to Ruining Your Family Thanksgiving

Donald Trump’s recent election victory came as an unexpected shock to much of the country, leaving befuddled Hillary Clinton supporters without closure. Like the Civil War, this contentious election often pitted friends and family against each other, and in the aftermath many who can’t let it go want to keep debating politics, even—or perhaps especially—at … Continued


The Post-Election Pauline Kael Award Goes to. . . . The Left

The other day, when a friend who is old enough to have matured past her Bernie Sanders infatuation—but hasn’t—said to me with a mixture of awe and disdain that I was the only person she knew who voted for Trump, she put me in mind of the New York film critic Pauline Kael. “I can’t believe … Continued


Elite Liberals, Saving the World One Carbon Offset at a Time

The New York Times certainly knows its audience. There is no other demographic in America that could possibly find relevance in a piece titled “10 Ways to Be a Greener Traveler, Even if You Love to Fly” apart from frequent Times readers—moneyed, left-wing, urban elites who crank up “All Things Considered” on the way to … Continued

Celebrities, Culture

Making It Last: What Happens After the Honeymoon’s Over?

What happens after the honeymoon is over? That question has gotten short shrift in culture generally. From Jane Austen to You’ve Got Mail and When Harry Met Sally screenwriter Nora Ephron, there’s been a tendency to look at the beginning of a couple’s relationship, to what led them to the altar – and then end … Continued


I Hate Skyler White and You Should Too

I hate Skyler White. Don’t get me wrong. I love Anna Gunn. She earned my affection playing Deadwood’s Martha Bullock, the beleaguered wife of Seth Bullock and the only civilized woman in a town built by criminals. Gunn knows how to be a woman in a tough situation, especially when the situation involves a bad … Continued

Entertainment, Television

My Pop Culture Guilty Pleasure: Guy Fieri

  Editor’s note: H. L. Mencken said, “Conscience is the inner voice that warns us that someone might be looking.” We’d like to think the opposite is true about our pop culture guilty pleasures, those things we indulge in when we think no one is looking. You know what we mean: romance novels, NASCAR, chick … Continued

Pop Culture Guilty Pleasures

He Got It Right

This time one week ago New York Times blogger Nate Silver was probably a bit nervous. His name was trending on Google at one hundred times more than at any previous point. He was the subject of a lengthy article on His recently published book was rising up the charts on’s bestseller list. … Continued

Culture, Politics