Category Archive: Politics

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

driving Miss al-Daisy: Saudi women’s fight to drive

Question 1: Which country forbids women to drive, vote, or wear whatever they want, when they want (even if it’s not a big black sack)? Question 2: And where do men meet to… 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

America: stuck in the slow lane?

Car manufacturers spend millions each year on advertising, touting their latest models as they glide through glistening nighttime city streets and hug curvy mountain roads, but the reality for the American driver isn’t… Continue reading

Syria: fashionable dictator?

I love fashion, and am fascinated by politics, especially the democracy movements in the Arab world, but I’d prefer it if Vogue magazine stopped trying to be my source for all things both… 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

Egypt, Mother of the World

Throughout the Middle East, Egypt is known as “The Mother of the World”: the 6,500-year-old-and-counting birthplace of modern civilization and culture. Throughout Egypt, and across the Middle East, women—the mothers of the world—are… Continue reading

Ira Glass & why storytelling matters, part 2

This weekend, in between bouts of cross country skiing and running errands, I saw Ira Glass, the creator of NPR’s This American Life speak at Harvard’s chapel-like Sanders Theatre. Called “the nation’s storyteller”… 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

Bullets and baguettes in Tunisia

There are some heavy things on my mind these days. Mohamed Al Bouzazi, a 26-year old unemployed Tunisian graduate student who was beaten by the police for not having a permit for his… Continue reading