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Fighting the Man

Coming home from work tonight, I decided to “occupy” one of the elevators in my building. I got in, pushed all the buttons at once and then wouldn’t get out ...

Why Do I Get the Feeling . . .

Why do I have a sinking feeling that expecting the Libyan rebels to overthrow Qaddafi is like expecting the Coyote to catch the Road Runner . . . and that ...

Who’s on First?

Just wondering who’s going to be the first New York Times columnist or MSNBC commentator to blame the chaos in Egypt on Sarah Palin.
Politics & Policy

Roth’s Humble Pie

Philip Roth has written one famous novel about masturbation and more than a few masturbatory novels about fame. With The Humbling, his 30th book, he’s added to the latter column, ...

Durbin’s Whopper

During yesterday’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Senator majority whip Dick Durbin provided an inadvertent illustration of the intellectual rigor of Democratic Judiciary Committee members. Quoting a remark made by the late ...
Politics & Policy

Yeah, Yeah, Yes

Forty-five years ago this week–February 9, 1964–the Beatles made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. I was six years old and don’t remember much about it, but my ...