Monthly Archives: March 2012

Men Off Leash

I am introducing an occasional feature, Men Off Leash, to recognize particularly baroque examples of public sexual meltdowns. This is not a judgment about fitness for public office/celebrity adoration/collective opprobrium blah blah, so don’t get your back up. Just havin’ … Continue reading

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More Porny Thoughts

I’m still reeling from the head rush of writing about housing policy! I mean, gosh, where do I go from there? I guess could ride the Financial Timesy wave for a while, talk about today’s big autism news or how … Continue reading

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Leave the Deadbeats Behind

This is a slightly longer version of the editorial I published in the Financial Times today, Americans Need To Leave Deadbeats Behind, here, with my husband, Nicholas Christakis: Most Americans aspire to home ownership in part because it gives them a sense of rootedness. … Continue reading

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Andrew Sullivan Mentioned Me

Well, this is an exciting blogging milestone for me: Andrew Sullivan linked to my Fair Trade Porn piece at the Daily Dish.

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Have Gun, Will Shoot?

My Time.Com column on the Trayvon Martin case: If you were handed a can of bug spray, you might start killing a lot of insects around the house. And if you had reason to believe that the bugs were poisonous … Continue reading

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What Happened To Stories?

This is a fascinating post on the decline of good storytelling in children’s picture books. I don’t know about you, but one of the things I loved most about my childhood was the comfort that came from reading my favorite … Continue reading

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Dick Cheney, Tin Man

Well, Dick Cheney finally got a heart. The supreme irony of a man who had such contempt for the public ‘commons’ now benefiting from one of society’s most scarce resources – a human heart…  I wonder if he has any … Continue reading

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Are You Sex-Positive?

Harvard’s new student-organized Sex Week has a lot on offer: Anal Sex 101, Sex-Positivity and Slut-Pride, Campus Hookups, Sex and Faith, and Making Sense of Abstinence. We’ve got LGBTQ issues covered (at least a bit) and the 8thAnnual Female Orgasm Seminar. Harvard Hillel … Continue reading

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P.S. Gotta Love Jessica Simpson

I have some serious writing coming out in a few days which I’ll re-post, so please stick with me. But in the meantime, I didn’t want you to think that my aforementioned snake phobia would in any way prevent me from … Continue reading

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Is anyone else troubled by this? Significant resources are being deployed to create a model of the biggest snake ever to walk the earth. A prehistoric, dinosaurish-sized snake. 45 feet. 3,000 pounds. And then this, this … monstrosity is going ON TOUR … Continue reading

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