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There’s No Business Like Woe Business

There’s No Business Like Woe Business

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Ever wonder where our obsession with child predators began? The answer just might be at the movies. And “M” is the picture that started it all. What a creepy film. It opens with a mother puttering around the kitchen, waiting for her daughter to come home from school. We see the […]

Where Have All The Singers Gone?

Where Have All The Singers Gone?

BY LENORE SKENAZY | The shower is where America does it — in private, with no one judging, just because it feels good. I’m talking about singing, of course, that once-universal pastime that uplifts the soul, re-boots the body, and doesn’t demand a monthly fee. So why aren’t we singing all the time? In “La […]

When in Doubt, Blame the Mom

When in Doubt, Blame the Mom

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Remember the bad old days when a rape victim would show up in court and the defense attorney would ask, “Why was her skirt so short?” as if the woman caused her own rape? Only gradually did it dawn on us what was really going on: We were “blaming the victim.” […]

On MLK Day, Remembering Penn South’s Bayard Rustin

On MLK Day, Remembering Penn South’s Bayard Rustin

BY COUNCILMEMBER COREY JOHNSON | On January 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we honor the legacy of the man who changed history and bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice. But as many Chelsea residents know — although many may not — Chelsea was home to another towering figure in the civil […]

New Subway Sets in Motion a Slew of Slang

New Subway Sets in Motion a Slew of Slang

BY LENORE SKENAZY | To celebrate the opening of the Second Avenue Subway, we have commissioned the first New York Guide to Subway Jargon. Here it is — after 98 years in the making! Sick passenger (noun): Patently lame excuse for lateness. “I meant to call you on your birthday, but there was a sick passenger […]

Research Shows Science ‘Research’ Just Grabbing Headlines

Research Shows Science ‘Research’ Just Grabbing Headlines

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Oh to be a scientist 50 or 60 years ago, warning people about the stuff they really needed to know: Stop smoking! Don’t take thalidomide if you’re pregnant! For God’s sake, ditch the Corvair unless you want to get impaled on your gearshift! Your findings would make headlines and the people […]

Helicopter Parenting’s Worst Moments of 2016

Helicopter Parenting’s Worst Moments of 2016

BY LENORE SKENAZY | It was the year of Pokémon Panic — any toy that gets kids outside must be stopped! — and the year a Florida school cancelled its “Powder Puff” all-girl football game, suggesting the girls bob for apples instead. It was the year that we saw the first academic study of bouncy […]

To Live, or Die Trying

To Live, or Die Trying

BY LENORE SKENAZY | A few years ago, a firefighter in Sacramento, Mike DeBartoli, noticed his hands cramping up. He figured it was a symptom of the job. But when the cramps got worse, he went to his doctor and heard the three letters no one wants to hear: ALS. DeBartoli has Lou Gehrig’s disease, […]

Scorpions Don’t Deserve All That Venom

Scorpions Don’t Deserve All That Venom

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Stephanie Loria would like to set the record straight: “If you get stung by a scorpion and you are a healthy adult, you won’t die.” She paused, then added, “You may wish you were dead. But they get such a bad rap.” Yes, pity the poor scorpions — so misunderstood. Fortunately, […]

Food Trends I Almost Missed

Food Trends I Almost Missed

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Okay, I did it. I actually gave my head a pitying shake when a friend told me she had just discovered a fantastic restaurant in Jackson Heights that sells the giant Indian crepes called dosas. “It’s so great!” she said. “It’s called — ” “Dosa Delight,” I interrupted, as condescending as if […]