Category Archive: humor

Shitaly

As the country whose people somehow still manage to keep doing business creating wonderful things (and looking fabulous) in spite of all that’s thrown at them, I’ve called Italy “Shitaly” lovingly for years—much… Continue reading

Summertime in New England

Dearest Readers, It’s summertime in New England. That’s my way of saying that during this precious time of the year, I prefer to spend every possible moment I can outside, on the beach… Continue reading

Clichés to avoid (not like the plague)

Here is the memo I wrote this afternoon for one of my corporate clients about writing (per their request, of course): What is a cliché? Stick a fork in it: Clichés are words… Continue reading

Hello, I must be going

The Marx Brothers, vaudevillian German-Jews from the now extinct Upper East Side neighborhood of Yorkville, had such difficult childhoods that they would have benefited from years of intensive therapy. But would they have… Continue reading

the politically pathological penis

Will a Senegalese*-New Yorker hotel maid take down the future president of France? It appears power is the ultimate aphrodisiac for pathological politicians, but alas, not for the women around them. The carefully… Continue reading

Mike Huckabee & single moms

To Mike Huckabee and your fellow hypocritical brethren: you’ve really gone and done it this time. You’ve taken trolling for birther votes to a new low. In case you were trapped under a… Continue reading

the peculiar and fantastic art of Edward Gorey

“I just kind of conjured them up out of my subconscious and put them in order of ascending peculiarity.” —Edward Gorey …and so starts the “Elegant Enigmas: the art of Edward Gorey” exhibit… Continue reading

Italy, no country for women

Italy is one of my favorite places on earth, but not because of the way it treats women. In the late 1980s I spent my days as a student studying in Florence armed… Continue reading

one iPad per child?

I dashed into work this Wednesday to hear Nicholas Negroponte, the visionary who combined technology and philanthropy to create One Laptop Per Child. One Laptop Per Child, now in its fifth year, has… Continue reading

eat, gay, love

It’s no secret: straight women have been having platonic affairs with gay men for eons. Gay guys usually make an effort to take care of themselves. They look great. They dress well. They… Continue reading