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Dubious Cures

Dubious Cures

Life is full of little ironies, one of them in my case being that I have more time...

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Am I Thankful This Thanksgiving? Not Entirely

Am I Thankful This Thanksgiving? Not Entirely

Nearly five hundred years ago, as the story goes, those sexually repressed...

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Plotting Unlikely Wonders

Plotting Unlikely Wonders

Someone must have noticed that I waste a lot of my time, because I received today,...

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In Praise of Restraint

In Praise of Restraint

On the whole I am in favor of freedom of expression, though sometimes I am equally...

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Phantom of the Opera

Phantom of the Opera

Opera has been in the news lately, in Paris and New York, that is. And no, this...

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The Russell Brand Devolution

The Russell Brand Devolution

What do you call a socialist who tries to make money selling books? The answer...

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Useless Eating

Useless Eating

Only barroom bores bemoan the real-life dearth of science fiction’s long...

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Small Vices

Small Vices

The other day I behaved badly for once: not very badly (I should hardly have...

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Feminism As a Mating Strategy Among Beta Males

Feminism As a Mating Strategy Among Beta Males

First they came for the male feminists, and no one spoke out—because no one...

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Nouveau Retch

Nouveau Retch

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy,” as the song tells us. Or it used to...

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Slobbery as Snobbery

Slobbery as Snobbery

Walking through Amsterdam recently, a paradox that I had long noticed in an...

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The Sporting Lie

The Sporting Lie

In my youth, hard though it is for me to recall it now, I was quite good at...

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A Freak Show Called Generosity

A Freak Show Called Generosity

Legless South African Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius is now on trial for having...

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Unacceptably Fat

Unacceptably Fat

The results are in: Fat people overeat because our fat-fearing society...

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