Monthly Archives: December 2012

Procrastination Nation

What is it about this week between Christmas and New Year’s? Do people pretend to work or are they actually getting stuff done? It has to be the laziest week of the year, right? Or is it just me? I … Continue reading

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Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep. -Robert Frost My daughter made a painting of Narnia for Christmas for me. … Continue reading

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The Myth of Second Amendment Exceptionalism

This is my TIME.com column on the Sandy Hook massacre. It’s a version of the piece I posted here a couple days ago. It’s a familiar drill for millions of travelers: bare feet shuffling on a cold floor, belt off, … Continue reading

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Give Me, Give Me, I want, I want (The Zen of Being a Gun Lobbyist)

From the Atlantic’s Secret History of Guns: “In the 1920s and ’30s, the NRA was at the forefront of legislative efforts to enact gun control. The organization’s president at the time was Karl T. Frederick, a Princeton- and Harvard-educated lawyer known … Continue reading

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Suffer the Children

Are there any new words for the grief and fear we feel for those Connecticut school children and their families? I’m rarely at a loss for words, but I have nothing to offer those desperate parents whose lives have been … Continue reading

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Christmas Cookie Head Trip

An old post from last year, just for fun: I’m not at all ashamed of my forbears’ predilection for lime Jell-O mix and cornflakes. If you’re a Christmas celebrator and temperamentally at all like me (ie possessing a jejeune degree … Continue reading

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The Child-Free Movement Might Have a Point

‘Tis the season for… grotesque displays of poor parenting. I know this is an old story but I think it bears repeating: Well-off parents go full-bore nuts during the holiday season. (And meanwhile, is there a socially acceptable way to … Continue reading

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The Music of a Free Society

“We live in a world in which people are beheaded, imprisoned, demoted, and censured simply because they have opened their mouths, flapped their lips, and vibrated some air. Yes, those vibrations can make us feel sad or stupid or alienated. … Continue reading

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Harvard’s Thought Police: Whither Goes Free Speech?

Here’s my TIME.com column today, co-authored with my husband, Nicholas Christakis. There are few things I care more about than free speech and I think it’s fair to say that college campuses are currently one of the most restrictive speech … Continue reading

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