God preserve us from the British upper classes! They are the reason I left England. I decided that I couldn’t listen to their whining sense of entitlement for one second longer, and thus fled to New York, where I promptly discovered that everyone worships the British upper classes.
It’s all frightfully unfortunate, actually. When Read More
A reader, John, has nailed me on a recent soccer post, where I echoed Kissinger’s statement that U.S. soccer needs “minorities.”
Not sure if you’re agreeing fully with Kissinger here — I hope not, because his comment is effectively racist. K’s saying “minorities,” i.e., the dark people, are better at sports, regardless of Read More
New York, the magazine that almost unmasked JT Leroy but didn’t, revisits another one of its stories. “The first Brangelina baby photos hit the streets today,” New York’s Web site announces. “In April, New York imagined the moment. Did we get it right?”
The new item then painstakingly reviews how Read More
A few words about the wonderfully vulgar Scottish comedian Billy Connolly, sometimes known as “The Big Yin” or “The World’s Only Violent Hippie”:
What I love most about him is that he’s the only comic I’ve seen in my life who laughs uproariously at his own jokes. “Jokes” isn’t quite right. His accounts of Read More
I call Todd. “Hi. I’m pregnant.”
“Honey! Are you kidding?! That’s great! But you should have told me in person!”
“I’m sorry,” I snap, “I didn’t know the protocol.”
“Well, that’s terrific….” his voice smiles on the other end.
Todd has wanted kids ever since he was five years old. At Read More
The Times in the UK has an annual essay contest in honor of its former editor Charles Douglas-Home. The question this year asked about the purpose of museums. The winner, James Delingpole, who incidentally also writes for the paper, believes museums should stay traditional. Forget rotating exhibits or serving the public. Screw presenting Read More
ERICA: I just spent $82 on bridal magazines at Universal News.
The guy at the counter said “are you in advertising or something?” I had to quickly say “no” and avert my eyes. There were no Playgirls or Naughty Schoolgirl mags tucked in amongst my pile, and still I was embarrassed. I don’t know Read More
An irregular dispatch from our men’s blog, The Cockpit.
Here’s Your Change Back, Missy
Today seems to be International Women’s Day, though, really, who woulda known? Even our ladyfriends over at The Catbox just gave it a lil’ round-up.
In England, the Independent goes for it in a big way Read More
It’s a wrap: 2005 is over, and here’s what’s left of both the movies that will get you through the holidays and the space I’ve got to tell you about them. The Matador is a nice year-end surprise worth checking out. I don’t know why 52-year-old Pierce Brosnan, after four hit outings as James Bond, Read More
At the end of a long and productive life, the wise, curious, generous, opinionated and angelically literate art historian Ernst Gombrich decided to translate into his adopted English a book he’d published in his native Vienna some 65 years before, Eine Kurze Weltgeschichte für Junge Leser (“A Little History of the World for Young Readers”). Read More