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Stump Speech: The Iowa Caucus Fracas Edition

Stump Speech: The Iowa Caucus Fracas Edition

BY MAX BURBANK | Oh my goodness! The Iowa Caucuses! It’s so exciting! After all the polls and debates and Op-Eds, we’re finally off to the races — and the results! Good lord, can you believe it? Why, this means… Okay, before we talk about who won what and all that portends, let’s just take […]

True Tales of Slow Lane Insanity

True Tales of Slow Lane Insanity

BY LENORE SKENAZY | In New York, our lives overlap on many fronts. Your car alarm goes off, your street wakes up. You overcook your fish, your neighbors gag. You hold the subway door open, you have saved the guy behind you’s job. We are densely, intensely interconnected, but no place more so than on […]

Be Worth Your Weight in Equivalencies

Be Worth Your Weight in Equivalencies

BY LENORE SKENAZY | It is a cruel joke that the Super Bowl comes just a little over a month after we have resolved to forsake all wings, chips, dip, pizza, soda, beer, cheese sticks, Cheez-Its, Cheetos, and anything else that is bright orange and vaguely food-like. Ha. That’s why every year at about this […]

Buzz On, Buzz Off: A Starbucks Tutorial

Buzz On, Buzz Off: A Starbucks Tutorial

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Please pay attention. There will be a quiz. Starbucks recently took out a two-page, fold-out, super-slick ad in the New Yorker to educate us benighted, Folgers-swilling plebes on “The Art of Espresso and Milk.” Using a chart only slightly less complex than the Periodic Table of the Elements (for instance, it […]

Great Expectations: Playdate as Performance

Great Expectations: Playdate as Performance

BY LENORE SKENAZY | As Brooklyn mom Tamara R. Mose was preparing for a playdate with a mom and child she didn’t know well yet, she paused to look at her home: “All the bathrooms are clean, dishes put away, beds made, floors Swiffered, laundry folded, garbage cans emptied, and toys put in their place […]

When That New Year’s Resolution Becomes Toast

When That New Year’s Resolution Becomes Toast

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Readers: Right about now, you may be feeling bad about the resolutions you’ve already broken, crushed into a million pieces and washed down with a pint of Banana Chocolate Swirl Talenti. But there’s no need to hate your ice-cream-addicted, never-get-ahead, willpower-of-a-gnat (who doesn’t exercise) self. No indeed! A year-long resolution is […]

Don’t Worry About Hell (?)

Don’t Worry About Hell (?)

BY LENORE SKENAZY | In a statement just released in honor of the 50th anniversary of the “Nostra Aetate” — itself a high point in Jewish-Christian relations, in that it stated Jews should not be considered “accursed by God” (yay!) — the Vatican has gone one step further. The new document states that, “…it does […]

A Tail as Old as Time

A Tail as Old as Time

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Do people save dogs or is it the other way around? That’s the question posed by the Broadway comedy “Sylvia,” starring Matthew Broderick as a disengaged middle-aged New Yorker who falls in love with a very human dog — so human that she is played by the talking, sniffing, adorable Annaleigh […]

Songs The Immigrants Taught Us

Songs The Immigrants Taught Us

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Yiddish is the language that used to work like magic for the Jews of Europe. You could be from Russia, Romania, or France, and even if you couldn’t understand a lick of each other’s official languages, you could almost certainly speak the Jewish language of Yiddish, and all talk together. Or […]

Give Us Our Daily Dread

Give Us Our Daily Dread

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Have we really all become convinced that we are under constant terrorist threat? The New York Times seems to think so. In the wake of the San Bernardino shootings, it ran an article titled, “ ‘I Think About It Daily’: Life in a Time of Mass Shootings.” But is this true? […]

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