Tag Archives: Journalism

Mary Beard: “still a major current of misogyny in Western culture”

A historian whose popular pedigree is impeccable in England, Mary Beard has made it a practice of fighting received notions about female discourse in academe. She responds to trolling students on Twitter. By all accounts she deflates them with politeness: … Continue reading

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‘I’ve grown beyond using my own experiences’

Sinead O’Connor, promoting the sold I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss, discusses the sources of her craft. Does that change the way you sing some of your older material? Do you see a younger version of yourself as a character … Continue reading

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The horror of Guy Fieri

I watch his show with my grandmother, who never fails to remark on his hair, tattoos, and, more critically, the recipes. He doesn’t appall me like Sandra Lee does. Sandra Lee looks normal — until she opens her mouth and … Continue reading

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Norm Ornstein: “”What flipped me over was the debt ceiling hostage-taking”

In 2012 Norm Ornstein co-wrote a book tracing how batshit the right wing has become in the last quarter century. Guess what — no Sunday morning talk shows wanted to host him or collaborator Thomas E. Mann. I can only … Continue reading

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“Palestinians have sufficient opportunity to relocate to any number of locations marked for imminent aerial strikes”

Describing unfolding horrors like the Israel-Hamas conflict defeats punditry. At best wrong they’re often gauche and stupid and precipitate if not offensive. Then there’s this news source: In response to criticism surrounding the death toll during its ongoing incursion into … Continue reading

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Report: seven hours is the optimal amount of sleep

Friends know I hate bed. Room is for sleeping. I don’t return to it until 11 p.m. About seven hours is fine with me, as the latest research shows: Several sleep studies have found that seven hours is the optimal … Continue reading

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Life Itself — Roger Ebert and film criticism

Watching the show in real time proved a challenge. In the early nineties South Florida “Siskel & Ebert” aired Monday morning at one. I’d record and watch the following afternoon home from work. I had already discovered Andrew Sarris and … Continue reading

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