• Coffee Vs. Chicken: Nation Divides Along Culinary Lines
    It was only four years ago to the day -- August 1, 2012 -- that the Great Culture Wars started. Fast-food companies inflamed the passions and imaginations of Americans the way no political party at the time could, bringing far-worse consequences for the country than anyone could have predicted.
  • The Emancipation Of Mimi
    Last Sunday night, at a time when the grim and devastating news of the Colorado shootings was still emerging, the final, two-hour episode of "The Bachelorette" aired, and won the night's ratings for ABC.
  • Sex And Death
    Recently on "The Real Housewives of New York City," (please don't run away -- this is just a hook to allow for a few belated "Mad Men" musings!) the "girls" were filmed on a "getaway" to London. This included the activity (not-at-all-contrived!) of sitting around in their luxury hotel suite, tipsy from wine, answering personal questions about sex as part of a card game. One such query was on the order of "If you could get any wish you wanted granted by sleeping with someone, would you?" It made me think of Joan -- poor, now rich, Joan from "Mad …
  • John Loves Siri
    Stop me if you've heard this one: Two iPhones walk into a bar. You say you've heard it? Like 3,000 times? And you can't stand that creepy John Malkovich iPhone commercial?
  • My So-Called Quark
    Have you heard the latest sexy Higgs Boson joke? Me neither. But I'm thrilled that during the July 4th holiday, while Joey Chestnut and the rest of us were involved in our own competitive eating contests and watching smiley-face fireworks, international physics nerds were busy celebrating some very different pyrotechnics. They were quaffing Champagne and delighting in the findings that after 48 years of hunting for it, the Higgs Boson, the particle field that gives all the other particles in the universe weight, if not mass, has been found. Bear with me here. Now I know why people write about …
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