Thursday, July 30, 2009

Where's Dave Chappelle When You Need Him?

With race relations back on the front burner and all eyes on a bunch of guys drinking beer in the White House, Stephen Marche wonders where all the angry black entertainers have gone. Read it here.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

"Sexual intercourse began in nineteen sixty-three"

Fifty years ago this week, the ban on Lady Chatterley's Lover was lifted, thus changing a culture that treated sex as a preposterous allegory to one overrun with naked videos of sportscasters. Read it here.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Messy life, clichéed death for prince of hispters

Demise of Dash Snow, notorious in New York's downtown art scene, marks the end of an era. Read it here.

"We're not robots"

Conservatives once appreciated the complexities of human life, but the Republican line at this week's Supreme Court nomination hearings in the U.S. Senate would make Edmund Burke sigh. Read it here.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Diminishing Returns of Getting Even

From Brad Pitt to John Rambo to the Bush administration's torture lawyers, America is growing more sophisticated at revenge with each eye-for-an-eye comedy. Read it here.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

"You can't negotiate with yourself"

David Miller's koan sums up the new reality of Toronto's garbage strike: When we become our own garbage collectors, we soon find there are truths about our waste we'd rather not learn. Read it here.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

"Tell her what u think of snarky critics"

Novelist Alice Hoffman's 27 angry tweets about a bad review -- including the posting of the reviewer's phone number -- portends an exciting new era of bloodshed in book reviewing. Read it here.