On food descriptions and status anxiety
The curious staying power of husband and wife
The implacable pedantry of the word police
Five contemporary terms that are older than you might think
What to keep and what to cut? You can start by checking the Internet.
The episode description for the season finale of Mad Men, "In Care Of," was vague enough to be hilarious. It read, simply, "Don has difficulties." Of course, he's had difficulties all season; should the last be any surprise? What is a surprise is that in the final episode of season 6, things start to change.
Ben Greenman is a writer who pokes, prods, and sets readers off balance in hopes of generating emotion and thought — and maybe, sometimes, simply because he feels like it. This is a man who has purposely inserted typos in his books.
Things are definitely percolating in the season's penultimate episode: Megan and Don have grown dangerously far apart, Pete has discovered Bob Benson's secret, and Sally has certainly not gotten over seeing her father have sex with Sylvia.
It's summer, summer, summertime, and there is so much good Y.A. available it's hard to keep up. We'll help you get started.
Did you know that the Brooklyn-based Food Coop has its own official newsletter, The Linewaiters Gazette? It's been around since way back in 1973, and it is its own source of fascinating information. In the latest issue, The New York Times' A.O. Scott dissects the Coop.
"Favors," last night's episode, falls in the same naming vein as the previous week's "A Tale of Two Cities," in which the allusions are evident from the start. Can people do things for other people without expectations in return? What's in a favor, anyway? (Plenty.)
Something happens to coffee in the summer! It changes form. A lot of us don't want it hot, and instead, seek to quench our thirst with something cold. What do you need to know about ice(d) coffee — what separates the good from the average, and even bad? And what do you need to know about yourself, based on the kind of coffee you are drinking? We asked around.
in on Ben Yagoda's Lingua Franca blog, he brings up a matter of two little letters. When we're talking about websites and blogs, do we say "in" or "on"? Why is this different from how we talk about what we read in, say, books or newspapers?
Yes, the Internet has finally solved the problem of how to have a "small and intimate" wedding that's also live-streamed to everyone you might have met since kindergarten.
Though we may be fully aware that word hate is not reasonable, there will always be words that send shivers up our spines, or make us punch the wall in rage, even as denizens of the Internet — a place with real potential — declare them "here to stay." Such a word, for me, is derp.
We've considered types of book readers before, from the hate-reader to the multi-tasking bibliophile, but it's time to analyze another sort. Some people are plagued with guilt about the books they've left undone.
If you read teen books, or have teenagers who read books, you probably know the name Sarah Dessen. Today marks the release of the author's eleventh novel, The Moon and More, and we spoke with her to learn about how she channels her teenage years over and over again in new ways as she contributes to the wealth of young adult fare.
In these progressive times in which women and men are delaying marriage and children, too, the topic of female fertility — and how it's not going to be there forever, ladies! — seems to come up again and again. But what really are we supposed to do with this information?
Michael Douglas claimed he got throat cancer from cunnilingus and the world freaked out. But there's a lot we can learn about HPV, cancer, and health from this conversation, if we stop being so squeamish.
Would you forget to invite Grandma on your big day? No. So there's no chance you're leaving Buster or Mrs. Molly Pemberton out.