Over the Hill

Aging More Gracefully Than England

Aging More Gracefully Than England

As I write these words and watch them grow into sentences, I am living the final...

Women

Miss…or Mr. America?

Miss…or Mr. America?

The 2011 Miss America contest provides an object lesson in the decline of American...

International Affairs

Genomics: China’s New Killer App

Genomics: China’s New Killer App

This week’s state visit by Hu Jintao, China’s “president”—I prefer to say “head...

Relationships

Crazy Son, Catfighting In-Laws, and the Perils of Puttin’ Pussy on a Pedestal

Crazy Son, Catfighting In-Laws, and the Perils of Puttin’ Pussy on a Pedestal

Dear Delphi, I have offered my daughter-in-law all sorts of economic bribes:...

Idiocracy

Hoping Against Hope in Detroit

Hoping Against Hope in Detroit

“We’re coming back,” beamed current Detroit mayor and former Detroit Pistons...

Panic

Stéphane Hessel: From Resistance to Indignance

Stéphane Hessel: From Resistance to Indignance

Late last year, a small book by a ninety-three-year-old man unexpectedly reached...

Education

Welcome Back, Kotter 2011

Welcome Back, Kotter 2011

There are really two New Yorks. There’s the one Giuliani cleaned up where you...

Vile Bodies

In the Navy!—With Gobs of Seamen!

In the Navy!—With Gobs of Seamen!

Guess what—many gays aren’t offended at all by the scandalous USS Enterprise...

Borderland

The Worst Sheriff in America

The Worst Sheriff in America

There are many heroes who showed indomitable courage and grace under fire during...

Meltdown

Republic of Hysteria

Republic of Hysteria

hysteria—conduct or an outbreak of conduct exhibiting unmanageable fear or...

Relationships

Post-Abortion Remorse, Fake Fendi, and Racing Against the Biological Clock

Post-Abortion Remorse, Fake Fendi, and Racing Against the Biological Clock

Dear Delphi, I am a 40-year-old man and about six years ago I told my...

Commerce

When the Punishment Fits the Crime

When the Punishment Fits the Crime

My object all sublime I shall achieve in time— To let the punishment fit the...

News

Huckleberry Finn and the Whitewashing of American History

Huckleberry Finn and the Whitewashing of American History

By its editor’s count, 219 “niggers” have been expunged from a reprint of...

Hollywood

A Miserable Slog Called Biutiful

A Miserable Slog Called Biutiful

Who’s the leading leading man these days? Having sat through all 147 dolorous...

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