Monthly Archives: July 2012

What’s So Great About Vampires

I don’t know why I keep writing about Twilight. I’m becoming a ‘voice’ on the Twilight circuit. Here’s the evidence: a three part (three part!) essay on women’s cinematic fantasies at Huffington Post here, and a column on the bigotry of Twilight haters here. … Continue reading

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Why the “Robsten” News Makes Us Sad

Here’s my Huffington Post take on the Kristen Stewart/Robert Pattinson imbroglio. This is not a snarky piece! I ‘m actually sad for them. Background: my editor killed this piece (It was supposed to be my column today) because I … Continue reading

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Does Not Inspire Confidence

I don’t know about you but I actually DO want British Airways to test its engines a bit more meticulously than its Stilton.

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Appalling Nazi Allusion of the Day

This just in from a commenter. (Edited for length, tone and language.) …Your article is akin to Joseph Goebbels propaganda, not in the same extreme, (emphasis mine; thanks for the clarification!) but skewing facts and data to ‘Find the Answer for the … Continue reading

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Matt Lauer’s Attention Deficit Problem

I watched the Olympics Opening Ceremony with visiting English friends and I’m sure it won’t surprise you to hear that they were shocked and appalled by the totally bowdlerized, time-delayed, insipidly narrated spectacle NBC managed to nearly ruin. I say  ‘nearly’ … Continue reading

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On C-words, Internets, and Risk Factors

RE: our ongoing ‘conversation‘ about sex differences in murder prevalence: I just got a comment from a man who writes, in response to another commenter concerned about the abusive language that’s come my way in recent days: That’s a victim … Continue reading

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Man Overboard

Can I just say that I was a Larry Summers defender? I want to put that out there. A lot of people (women, especially) were furious when he asked if innate mathematical ability might possibly be at least a partial … Continue reading

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Pet Antics

Elsa, refusing to leave Vermont and Rudy’s soul-mate terrorizing a large herbivore:

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Uncivil Discourse: On Being Called a C-Word

I’ve been receiving a lot of “incoming” about yesterday’s column, which, by the way, was picked up by Andrew Sullivan – who totally agrees with me – here. I’ve posted a few of the more tame responses in the … Continue reading

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We Need To Talk About Gender: The Overwhelming Maleness of Mass Homicide

My column today: There’s a predictable cycle of mourning and recrimination that follows a massacre like the shootings last week in Aurora, Colo. First come the calls for unity and flags flown at half-mast. Then the national fissures appear: … Continue reading

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