The Pregnancy Pre-Nup

July 13, 2014

A 36-year-old Slate writer who’s not sure that she wants to have kids says that she thinks what might get her over the hump is having a “pregnancy pre-nup” with her husband specifying exactly her do’s,  don’ts, won’ts, and can’ts. This is a capital idea and I encourage her to be as rigorous and detailed as […]

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You know who else is really racist? Wrestling.

July 10, 2014

Over at the Reparations Atlantic Monthly there’s a piece up about how racist the WWE is because they’ve never had a black WWE world champion. Which is slightly problematic because of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. But the point here isn’t just another example for the “media ignorance” tackboard. It’s that the actual history of race and […]

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You know who’s really racist? People who do yoga.

July 8, 2014

I’m pretty sure (?) this isn’t a joke. But you never know: “Racism is so implicit that you never even notice that it’s a white girl on the cover every single time,” added Amy Champ, a PhD from the University of California, Davis, who wrote her dissertation on American yoga. “But when you begin to […]

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Romney 2016!

July 8, 2014

Every once in a while I feel like a piece was written just for me.

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About Patent Trolls

July 7, 2014

Over at the Standard I’ve got a long-ish piece about patent trolls which, of course, isn’t really about patent trolls.

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Breaking News!

July 3, 2014

Guys who build an app designed to help men to get to frictionless, anonymous, sex with girls are jerks who objectivize women. That said, there is an interesting philosophical question at the heart of this piece. So the guys who built Tinder employed (or “co-founded”) with a gal who was their head of marketing. Her signal […]

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Vodka!

July 1, 2014

Big news today: OGS Vic Matus’s long-awaited book on the history of vodka is out: Vodka: How a colorless, odorless, flavorless spirit conquered America. It’s a really beautiful book, full of gorgeous, full-color reproductions of great vodka ads and pictures of the trade. And tons of great history and reportage, too. I cannot recommend it […]

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How to Deal with Racism in Ethnic Studies Classes

June 30, 2014

This entire piece is beyond parody–I kept looking for a tip-off that it was being done tongue in cheek. But my favorite part comes from Wash U. prof who dismisses the liberal bona fides of his racial studies students: The complaint I receive often, while teaching at a private, elite institution, where many students think […]

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Soccer! Soccer! Soccer!

June 23, 2014

Galley Friend A.W. sends along a note about the latest Will Leitch World Cup Fever! column:  Leitch’s latest soccer column is just as ridiculous as his first: It is rather clear at this point that this is becoming the American Summer of Soccer … Even those who have avoided the game out of general principle — minus a few elderly, […]

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A Quick Response to Allahpundit

June 18, 2014

When I talk about Hillary Clinton imploding I am very pointedly not talking about Clinton vis a vis a Republican challenger for 2016, as Allahpundit seems to think. I thought I was pretty clear about that, but maybe I wasn’t clear enough. What I’m talking about the Democratic field. Nobody was a bigger Hillary booster than I was […]

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Soccer Returns

June 17, 2014

Santino has a nicely subversive defense of U.S. soccer that’s worth reading. The quadrennial push always reminds of the piece I wrote back in 2002 about “The Ritual Attack of the Soccer Scolds.” I think it holds up reasonably well.

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Dept. of Bait and Switch

June 17, 2014

I have a feeling this is going to be a regular series. Here’s the New Republic on Rick Perry likening homosexuality to alcoholism: I’m not saying that Perry is right. I’m saying that it’s time for the LGBT community to start moving beyond genetic predisposition as a tool for gaining mainstream acceptance of gay rights. For decades now, […]

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