Star Wars

Could I have a say before the new Star Wars opens? I’m intrigued by the brouhaha about the politics of the line, “Only a Sith thinks in absolutes.” It seems ...

Island Life

Regarding the reader who suggested that sending prisoners to an island to fend for themselves was no bad thing, let us recall the movie, Escape From New York. That place ...

Cruising For Chicks

There was just one woman, if I recall, in the Al Pacino all-action movie, Cruising, from 1980. She did not have a large role.

Smiley

I feel so embarrassed for that Jane Un-Smiley in Slate. A well-known journalist once told me, when you’re angry about something, bang out your primal-scream screed, but then go for ...

More Off-Topic Latin Tags

My particular favourite is, Si non oscillas, noli tintinnare, which was engraved on a brass plate above the Playboy Mansion’s doorbell. It means, “If you don’t swing, don’t ring.” That has ...

Re: Iht

Regarding the IHT story posted by Kathryn on how the U.S. fails “best global practice,” with the greatest of respect to “Konrad Olszewski, an election observer stationed in Miami by ...

Little-People Speculation

There is a mystical, druidical element to these new fossils, I’m sure. Did not Spinal Tap have it right when they sung of “the little people of Stonehenge”? Were they ...

The Little People

What I want to know is, who decided to call the little people “hobbits”? That Tolkien guy has a lot to answer for. Surely, oompah-loompahs is a better term? After all, ...

Clothes and The Men

Re: French cuffs, or lack of them. I noticed that too. It is clearly an attempt to be more Common Man, cufflinks apparently being seen as effete. When oh when is ...