What they all have in common is a cheering section of supporters, most of whom can put “Oscar nominated” or “member of the Academy” somewhere in their biographies. Read More
By Nina Burleigh 1/13 11:09am
During the long holiday break, we reconnected as a family. We baked cookies, ice skated, watched silly movies, ate lots of chili and learned a lot about our children’s attachment to the Internet and the devices that are its time-sucking portals into the virtual world. Read More
By Nina Burleigh 12/31/13 11:00am
For the fairer sex, 2013 brought its share of slut-shaming, rape-excusing, abortion-denying, boob-obsessing and all-round double-standard misogynist boorishness. Hey, now!
February: A global audience enjoyed Seth MacFarlane performing a frat boy song and dance routine called “We Saw Your Boobs” at the Academy Awards. Meanwhile, the 2013 Oscar nominees included 140 men and 35 women. And Read More
By Nina Burleigh 11/18/13 2:05pm
Kudos to the Swedish cinemas that submit films to the Bechdel test, which requires movies to have two named female characters who talk about something other than a man. But why do so few movies past muster? Read More
By Nina Burleigh 10/29/13 7:38pm
There’s a rumble in Brooklyn. Max Blumenthal’s book Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel snagged the equivalent of a lefty book award when a Wall Street Journal editor announced he was tossing it in the trash can. Then big-brand liberal Eric Alterman, who should be Max’s fellow traveler, called Mr. Blumenthal naïve and juvenile and nominated his book to the “Hamas Book of the Month Club.” Read More
By Nina Burleigh 10/16/13 2:01pm
As the U.S. prepares to leave Afghanistan next year, women and girls fear a resurgent Taliban and their acid-throwing, rib-breaking ways. Read More
By Nina Burleigh 8/20/13 6:47pm
In May, news broke that our government had obtained—without a warrant—copies of phone records of the Associated Press offices in New York, D.C. and Connecticut, as well as reporters’ private lines. When I heard that, I was prompted to look up some easily obtainable data of my own: How many journalists are working in America, and how many Americans have security clearances?
There are about 65,000 journalists working for brands of one sort or another, according to a report in the Nieman Journalism Lab. And 5 million Americans now hold a security clearance. Read More
By Nina Burleigh 7/24/13 11:57am
I don’t know if you remember me. I’m the guy who sat across from you at the group therapy meetings back in July 2011 that you joined after you resigned from Congress. I was the one with what Dr. Sexton called a classic voyeuristic sex addiction because I had watched the same Paris Hilton sex tape 5,000 times in two months and ended up with a form of carpal tunnel syndrome in my right hand that was going to take years of physical therapy and got me a 30 percent disability for life. You’ll be happy to hear my hand is a little better. I can use it now for some basic tasks—not that one, I can assure you! But I’m still on a no-computer and no-iPhone regimen at home. I spend a lot of time at the library, as you might imagine. Read More
By Nina Burleigh 7/23/13 9:31pm
When I got the email, I was traveling in one of the socialist fleshpots of Europe where cheap medical care flows like wine. Great news, my husband wrote, forwarding the report that, thanks to Obamacare, New Yorkers like us, now paying way more than a thousand a month for health care coverage, could soon be paying as little as $300.
Socialized medicine is finally coming to our American household. And now there’s nothing Rick Perry or the GOP can do about it.
Even though the rollout has been delayed, we are on the verge of the health care singularity: the moment when middle-class Americans begin to understand just how good it feels when, thanks to government intervention, health care is affordable. Once this happens, as in every other nation where health care is nationalized, there will be no going back. In Europe, even during the crisis, conservatives fight as hard as the left to keep their cheap socialized health care. Read More
By Nina Burleigh 7/09 10:16pm
In late 2010, police found the bodies of four young women wrapped in burlap on a desolate stretch of Long Island coast called Gilgo Beach.Their names were Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman, Maureen Brainard-Barnes and Amber Lynn Overstreet Costello.
Suffolk County cops had been poking around in the weeds and poison ivy for months searching for another young woman, Shannan Gilbert, who was last seen by startled home-owners in a nearby hamlet called Oak Beach. She had been banging on doors in the predawn twilight and screaming that someone was trying to kill her. Ms. Gilbert ran off before police arrived and was never seen again. Her body was eventually found in the area. Read More