Wednesday, May 29 2013
It’s human nature to Gatsby-ize others, whether it’s for the pleasures of unsatisfied curiosity, or slander, or just plain sport.
Monday, April 29 2013
There’s an old saying that “patience is a virtue.” Not anymore.
Wednesday, January 23 2013
There’s a fine line between showing violence and fetishizing it. Have we crossed it?
Sunday, November 18 2012
Democrats have returned the term 'Liberal' to the political lexicon. Long live the 'L'.
Monday, September 24 2012
Call it “hope and change”, call it pride, call it any number of things, but the feeling boils down to this: I’m rooting for President Obama.
Tuesday, September 4 2012
Celebrities aren’t the only ones with an entourage, anymore. Anyone with a cellphone has his or her own entourage, too.
Tuesday, July 17 2012
A Polaroid picture wasn’t just a gimmick, it was genius and it embodied both instant gratification and a heightened sense of anticipation
Sunday, June 3 2012
Hannah of Girls is not your grandmother’s fictional heroine, but she's a worthy, modern-day descendant.
Sunday, April 22 2012
If you were to tell women in 1976 that, 36 years later, women who work exclusively in the home and those who also work outside the home would be pitted against each other, they wouldn’t have believed it.
Sunday, March 18 2012
Rich white guys are not the only ones who can be counted among the 1%. The label is not just about income, it’s also about privilege and position… and nepotism.
Wednesday, February 22 2012
Adele, more than most stars I can think of—and certainly more than Whitney—seems to have had the chance to simply be herself.
Tuesday, January 3 2012
You’re a clever Casanova, Amazon. You knew if you could win my love with books, there’d be no stopping us.
Wednesday, October 19 2011
Creative geniuses don’t succeed despite their flaws, they succeed because they are flawed.
Monday, September 26 2011
How did playing a prostitute or stripper become de rigeur for Hollywood actresses?
Monday, August 29 2011
President Obama may not be everything people’s brains deceived them into thinking he was, but he’s who he said he would be all along.
Monday, July 18 2011
Getting older during the '60s was a cruel fate: it was unfair; it was depressing. But, in some respects, it was a party compared to getting older these days.
Sunday, June 19 2011
What does an artist the caliber of Woody Allen do when he’s reached the pinnacle of his artistic accomplishment -- while only in his early 40s?
Tuesday, May 24 2011
Not since the Beatles broke up has there been such a communal feeling of abandonment as there is with Oprah's final airing of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Monday, March 21 2011
Now don’t get me wrong—of course I believe in saving the planet (at least until scientists determine if there are other inhabitable planets with better mobile phone service), but there's gotta be a limit.
Wednesday, February 23 2011
A subgenre has emerged that should placate memoirphobes and please memoirfiles: the artist-teacher memoir.
Thursday, January 13 2011
Loss is a necessary part of life, sure, but must it be a necessary part of TV?
Sunday, October 31 2010
Has this 2010 US campaign season turned into a referendum on women?
Monday, September 6 2010
We're mastering the art of presenting a persona rather than a person -- each becoming a distorted version of ourselves, further and further removed from the real thing.
Thursday, July 8 2010
Those Bravo executives are tricksters, fooling me into believing familiarity breeds contentment, not contempt. I'm totally hooked.
Wednesday, June 9 2010
Simon Cowell, like Sarah Palin, did the honorable thing and quit for the sake of the people. Really?!
Tuesday, March 30 2010
Sexual stereotyping reached a fever pitch this month; call it March Madness.
Thursday, January 21 2010
Orwell declared that there are “four great motives” for writing: sheer egoism, aesthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse, and political purpose. As for the rest of us...
Tuesday, January 12 2010
I’d rather hear superstars admit to egos gone wild than insist they uphold “family first” values if family first is not a reality for them.
Sunday, December 13 2009
We don’t need Oprah Lite or Oprah 2.0, we need someone who’s a true Oprah-in-Training. And the only person who can claim that title is... Kathy Griffin.
Sunday, October 25 2009
Compared to the modern-day American, their dogs have the best of everything: questionable intelligence (i.e., happiness), poor memories (i.e., forgiveness), and low expectations (i.e., contentment).
Wednesday, September 9 2009
My people can finally emerge from behind their nebbishy personas to assume their proper place in the coolness pantheon.
Tuesday, August 11 2009
Maybe it’s more fun to idolize or demonize public figures than to have more complex, mixed feelings about them.
Monday, July 6 2009
It’s not a film, it’s a movie. It’s not a vinyl, it’s a record – and other trendy things that need to go forever bye-bye.
Tuesday, May 26 2009
Explorations of the outer limits of the patient/ therapist relationship titillate viewers with the possibilities of what could happen.
Wednesday, May 6 2009
I miss your impulse to play your music LOUD, to draw me in, to irritate and offend me – and I miss my impulse to do the same to you.
Monday, March 16 2009
For someone who wouldn’t know my mortars from my pestles, I seem to spend an awful lot of time observing chefs in action.
Monday, February 9 2009
The mark of true genius is the effortless creation of something wholly new that, once seen, becomes self-evident.
Tuesday, January 13 2009
The small screen is no longer for small personalities or those without ambition or washed up has-beens.
Monday, November 10 2008
Even though the presidential and vice-presidential candidates didn't win the posts they were gunning for, Americans have a lot of women winners, this election.
Wednesday, October 15 2008
The source of most hypocrisy in American politics is a moral certitude that is so unyielding, it’s almost bound to trip up the person espousing it.
Sunday, September 7 2008
Art has always had an uneasy relationship with commercialism. But that’s the point: it’s supposed to be uneasy.
Tuesday, June 17 2008
It seems to me that people in the US are actually craving not change, as we're hearing in current campaign rhetoric, but rather sameness -- and more than ever.
Monday, April 28 2008
Broads can only thrive under certain social conditions, and those conditions, alas, no longer exist. But a new species has emerged...
Tuesday, April 1 2008
The media will keep playing YouTube videos and speculating about politicians’ intentions rather than doing the hard investigative work -- simply because they can.
Tuesday, March 11 2008
Long past the days of the eloquent Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., or John F. Kennedy, Americans have rediscovered the desire to be absorbed by words, stirred by words, even awed by words, again.
Sunday, February 3 2008
How we want Hillary to appear before us says a whole lot more about us than it does about her.
Sunday, December 9 2007
If those slim hipped, cigarette smoking, small-portion eating, fast-walking chic Parisians are going to flaunt their fashion sense in Jersey while taking advantage of the weak dollar, then we really must seal our borders.
Wednesday, November 7 2007
Members of the 'Generation After' are the ones who grew up in the shadows because the previous generation was blocking the sun.
Sunday, September 30 2007
Cars, guns, values, the US Constitution... like a yellow traffic light, their meaning and importance, relative to oneself, is open to interpretation.
Monday, September 3 2007
If I want reading recommendations, Amazon, I’ll turn to people who really do know me. They’re called friends.
Sunday, August 12 2007
Americans Need to Learn English…British English, that is!
Tuesday, July 10 2007
Whom next to blame for society’s infatuation with beguiling young women?
Sunday, June 17 2007
The truth hurts, but in the wake of our welts and bruises, if we've been properly assaulted, we're still laughing.
Tuesday, April 10 2007
Sometimes small gestures contain larger meanings. For me, the decision to sit rather than stand at a concert is a sign of giving up on the youthful exuberance that defines the rock concert experience.
Tuesday, March 13 2007
Are celebrity “girls” really the only gender that’s “gone wild”? Or has the media gone mad -- and misogynistic?
Sunday, February 11 2007
Contrary to what Babs sang, people who need people might not be the luckiest people in the world, after all.
Monday, January 15 2007
Guessing whether a celebrity is dead or alive has become something of a modern-day parlor game.
Monday, December 11 2006
Finally, a stand-up, face-off, clenched fists, chin in the air challenge to America's bullies.
Sunday, November 12 2006
There's a quiet revolution happening in self-improvement: rather than addressing our lives from the inside-out, we're now addressing them from the outside-in.
Wednesday, October 18 2006
At the same time that gay TV is shaping the culture, the culture is also shaping gay TV, containing it and restricting it from going "too far".
Monday, September 11 2006
Now more than ever, as we stumble along the dark, uncertain path of These Troubled Times, we need our brainiacs to help illuminate the way.
Sunday, August 13 2006
People magazine is more than just a gossip rag or a teller of heartwarming tales: it's a secretly subversive publication, bent on reshaping society's attitudes about beauty and sexual desire.
Thursday, July 20 2006
Call me crazy but I prefer to see movies about a relationship between two living, breathing (without assistance), fully functioning (but preferably super-neurotic) humans -- not a person and a ghost or a person and a spirit or a person and a coma victim who's teetering on the brink of life and death.