Vile Bodies

Mold Age: The Curse of Modern Medicine

Mold Age: The Curse of Modern Medicine

“I’m ninety-one years old, you know?” Bravo. Now have your diuretics and...

Cultural Caviar

Disaster Jokes du Jour

Disaster Jokes du Jour

Japan’s recent combined earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear-reactor disaster has...

Notes From the Edge

Seven Ideas You Can Never Discuss on Television

Seven Ideas You Can Never Discuss on Television

In 1972 comedian George Carlin famously delineated the “Seven Words You Can...

Sports

Football, Tribalism, and Racist Bananas

Football, Tribalism, and Racist Bananas

In sporting terms, America is very much an island with its own quaint customs. For...

High Society

Heinlein in Hindsight: The Moses of Nerds

Heinlein in Hindsight: The Moses of Nerds

The rise of the nerds to mainstream dominance is one of popular culture’s most...

Pop Music

Becky Black’s “Friday”: Pap Music’s Weak End

Becky Black’s “Friday”: Pap Music’s Weak End

As an aficionado of the atrocious, I thought I’d sneak a peek at Rebecca...

Relationships

Cheating on a Cheater, Perfectly Annoying Mommy, and Greedy French Fiancée

Cheating on a Cheater, Perfectly Annoying Mommy, and Greedy French Fiancée

Dear Delphi, I know my husband has been cheating on me. He also knows that I...

Religion

The Mormons Go Mainstream!

The Mormons Go Mainstream!

America’s Great Weird Religion hit Manhattan’s Great White Way last Thursday...

Cultural Caviar

Let Us Now Praise Old Men

Let Us Now Praise Old Men

(with apologies to James Agee, author of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, 1941) In...

Low Life

Mama Tried, You Failed

Mama Tried, You Failed

“Mama Tried” is a popular prison tattoo and a tear-jerking Merle Haggard...

Cultural Caviar

Laughter in the Dark

Laughter in the Dark

With the nation broke, Congress snoozing, and the president dithering, what we...

High Life

The Big Bagel Bites Back

The Big Bagel Bites Back

NEW YORK—Twenty-two years or so ago, I wrote a column for The New York Observer,...

Libya

Hercules in the Desert

Hercules in the Desert

Antaeus was a Libyan giant whose strength appeared invincible. One day he...

Cultural Caviar

Fran Lebowitz is Always Right

Fran Lebowitz is Always Right

Fran Lebowitz doesn’t write anymore. Does it have something to do with having...

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