Assorted Jackasses

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New York Times Paul Krugman, filled with laughing gas, as he reads of President Barack Obama slipping on yet another banana peel:  The truth is that these days much of the commentary you see on the Obama administration—and a lot of the reporting too—emphasizes the negative: the contrast between the extravagant hopes of 2008 and […]

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The Nation In a grisly interview with Mr. Jon Weiner, Miss Sandra Tsing Loh (this is not a typo) discourses on the wonder and sadness of her plumbing: Jon Weiner: This is the only menopause book I’ve ever read. Are there others? Sandra Tsing Loh: The literature of menopause is the saddest, the most awful […]

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Slate A troubled young thing communicates with the famed Internet advice columnist “Dear Prudence,” anterior to entering the blissful world of divorce court for years to come. I think this inquiry came from a recent graduate of Harvard State University: My boyfriend “Ted” and I have been together for nine months, and we’ve been living […]

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The Atlantic An earnest young disciple of the Hon. Eliot Spitzer makes an inquiry about his true loves only to be made the butt of ridicule:  This girl and I have been dating for a few months now. Things are going really well, and I could see myself being with her for a very long […]

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The Daily Telegraph  In a leading British daily, yet another wholesome use for that staple of a young Westerner’s life, the prophylactic, now more commonly called the condom or possibly “a good chew”: I remember my first experience with a condom. It was a year before my GCSE exams: my classmates and I were just […]

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New York Magazine An innocent headline by the editors of this family publication drives Miss Maureen O’Connor, writer in residence at New York Magazine, into frenzies of libidinous outrage while alone and at the keyboard of her laptop just below her signed picture of Erica:  “The American Spectator Is Flaccid”by Maureen O’Connor Conservative magazine the […]

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MTV.com The sad breakup of a truly promising rock ensemble occasioned because some idiot forgot to flush the toilet is remembered in the imperishable prose of Mr. James Montgomery, rock critic and skateboard aficionado: My Chemical Romance broke up Friday night, ending a career that spanned a dozen years and produced some of the most […]

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Huffington Post The solitary vice as practiced by an anonymous source in bed but fully clothed and dwelling on The Immensities: I settle back in bed, fully clothed, under the sheets, and get ready for what I love most in the world: writing. When I’m writing, I have the impression of being nothing and everything, […]

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NewYorker.com Young David Remnick, editor of the New Yorker, while in the solitude of the quiet car on an Acela Express returning to New York from the Coronation rite, tries his hand at fashion notes or is it anatomical notes: The Obamas are so preposterously good-looking, so put together, that you watch them come out […]

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Time Time magazine gives its invaluable Person of the Year award to the man who will lead America for the next four years from the White House’s official John Deere D140 48-inch 22 HP Hydrostatic Front-Engine Riding Mower, complete with utility cart: Obama says he long ago decided that he should not compare himself to […]

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