Kelly Jane Torrance

Kelly Jane Torrance is arts and culture editor of Brainwash.

Jots and Tittles


Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss (Gotham Books, 240 pages, $17.50) I am not ashamed to admit it — I’m a grammar nazi. I cringe at misplaced commas. I wail when I receive e-mails without a single capital letter. I snort at signs advertising “banana’s for sale.” Just […]

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Nurtured to Death


David Reimer committed suicide on May 4. He was a blue-collar worker in Winnipeg, the Canadian city where East meets West. David lived a quiet life: fishing with his father, backyard barbecues with his wife and kids, tinkering with cars. If this were all there was to the story, his death would be sad but […]

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Right Wing Cartoonery


You might not expect the cable network that broadcasts Stripperella, featuring a crime-fighting peeler voiced by Pamela Anderson, and Most Extreme Elimination Challenge, a program for those who “enjoy broken bones, splattering spleens, high impact hematomas, and watching people get them,” to be a place where old-school conservatives might feel at home. But This Just […]

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Don’t Let It Be


November was not a good month for Phil Spector. First the legendary producer was charged with the murder of a B-movie actress. Then his legacy took a hit — his work was stripped from perhaps the most famous album he produced, The Beatles’ Let It Be. Let It Be… Naked advertises itself as “Let It […]

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Extreme Wedlock


Women will do anything to get married. At least that is the impression one gets watching television lately. The media have eaten up the story of Psychology Today West coast editor Robert Epstein. Epstein believes that just about any two people can fall in love and make it last, given the right tools. (Therapy, of […]

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