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  • The latest scandal in the world of literature and the praise of likability

    Columns  > Generation Y

    The latest scandal in the world of literature isn't much of a scandal, even by the standards of post-Vidal book-chat, but it has the Arts sections of online magazines talking, and it's a little bit interesting to me. It con ...

  • Letter to the Editor: Teens are responsible and productive members of the local workforce

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    Dear Editor, I have just finished reading the column "Reasons I did not get flu shot..." I am amazed, upset and appalled that the contents of this article. For Brett Yates to insinuate that the responsible and product ...

  • The debate club

    Columns  > Generation Y

    The first presidential debate I ever watched was one of the Clinton-Dole events, when I was eight years old. I probably didn't stay up to watch the whole show, and I don't remember a single thing either candidate said - sure ...

  • Bavariations

    Columns  > Generation Y

    We're in the middle of Oktoberfest, which is an annual festival originating in Bavaria - and which, yeah, mostly takes place in September (one of those nonsensical things like how Boxing Day doesn't have anything to do with ...

  • Is ‘xkcd’ actually good?

    Columns  > Generation Y

    In case you don't know, "xkcd" is the greatest webcomic of all time. Equal parts hard science, pop culture, and whimsy, it's drawn by a guy named Randall Munroe, who worked as a roboticist for NASA before "xkcd" became profi ...

  • Pop 10: The decade in chart-toppers

    Columns  > Generation Y

    For some reason, I can always remember the year in which a movie came out - I can do this even for classic movies, made eons before my birth - but I can never remember in which year a particular song appeared. This is a li ...

  • A Belated Cinematic Top Ten for 2011

    Columns  > Generation Y

    The Oscars are coming up, which means that it's time for us to start thinking about how much better our taste in movies is than the Academy's. Since 2009, the Academy has put forth nine or ten Best Picture nominees instead o ...

  • The iPhone and I

    Columns  > Generation Y

    About a month and a half ago, I bought an iPhone 4S. I upgraded from a Samsung SCH-a870, which is one of those old clamshells that's only half a step more advanced than the brick-phone that Zack Morris used to carry around o ...

  • Christmas across the globe

    Columns  > Generation Y

    Christmas is pretty popular, and not just among right-wing evangelicals. It's celebrated around the world, on all seven continents (especially Antarctica, which is where all the really cool Christmas parties are happening th ...

  • Pumpkin Drinker

    Columns  > Generation Y

    I've never eaten raw, unseasoned pumpkin - because that would be disgusting - but at times, while carving jack-o'-lanterns, I've been almost curious enough to try it. Without the cinnamon and nutmeg, would pumpkin really be ...

  • Yearbook

    Columns  > Generation Y

    I've just passed the one-year mark in my Facebook membership, and still I have only 136 friends. This is a pitiful sum - really, a source of ceaseless embarrassment - so if any of you readers out there want to 'friend' me an ...

  • ‘Till death... or maybe just until the commercial break

    Columns  > Generation Y

    Televised weddings tend not to lead to successful marriages. It's a stunning observation, I know, but I just thought I'd throw it out there in case some of you readers are about to get hitched and are wondering how you might ...

  • Don’t You Just Hate Stuff?

    Columns  > Generation Y

    I don't know if you watched the legendary Andy Rooney's farewell segment on the October 2 edition of "60 Minutes," but in case you missed the 92-year-old essayist's touching retirement speech, I've taken the time to transcri ...

  • Qwik on the Draw

    Columns  > Generation Y

    On September 18, the CEO of Netflix, a guy named Reed Hastings, sent to his customers one of the weirder letters you'll probably ever get from the CEO of a billion-dollar company. It began with an apology for the enormous ...

  • A Moment of Silence

    Columns  > Generation Y

    Like many Americans, I spent September 11, 2011, watching football - which seemed to me not an especially noble way to occupy myself on the tenth anniversary of our nation's greatest tragedy, but then again, for most of us, ...

  • People I Admire: Richard Brautigan

    Columns  > Generation Y

    The first chapter of Richard Brautigan's short novel "Trout Fishing in America" (1967), a book that people used to like a lot and now remains an interesting footnote in American literature, is a description of the cover of " ...

  • People I Admire: Pauline Kael

    In 1999, two years before her death, TIME's film critic Richard Schickel referred to his fellow critic Pauline Kael as "an almost demonically possessed little woman." The comment is unfair, as well as vaguely sexist and cond ...

  • People I Admire: Ricky Williams

    It's commonly known that the NFL running back Ricky Williams used to smoke marijuana - indeed, it may be the most commonly known fact about Ricky Williams. When he violated the NFL's substance abuse policy for the fourth tim ...

  • Animal, Mineral, or Vegetable?

    What, exactly, is a vegetable? What I was told as a kid was that vegetables were edible plants (or plant-parts) that didn't have seeds - which, of course, always seemed really dumb, since this definition excluded half of the ...

  • The Wormy Apple

    As all bibliophiles know, world literature is as diverse as the world itself. Yet there is one inescapable commonality in classic fiction, from the middle of the 19th century onward. Here is the truth, once and for all: ever ...

  • Paris Notes

    1. Everything in Paris, from dental floss to refrigerator magnets, is enormously overpriced, particularly with the lousy exchange rate. After a while, your notions of "cheap" and "expensive" will bear no resemblance to your ...

  • Western Civilization

    Columns  > Generation Y

    I'm traveling in Europe this spring and summer. I'm very fortunate to be doing this, and I want to make the most of the opportunity. By this I mean that I'd like to understand, to some degree, the sights I'm taking in - to h ...