New Show Recap: The Good Wife, 6×01: Lawyer is the New Black

It’s been a long Summer, my friends, but The Good Wife is back and ready for action.  Read More New Show Recap: The Good Wife, 6×01: Lawyer is the New Black

Well He’s Better Than The Other Guy, I Guess

We are in the middle of midterm election season and if you’re like me, you were sick of the political ads months ago. I was overseas during the last presidential election and was spared the inundation of ads for political candidates who have approved this message and are supported by super PACs with more money than probably all the P-Mag writers and editors will ever see in a lifetime combined.

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Truth Is Weirder Than Children’s Fiction

One of my favorite college classes examined children’s literature through the lens of cultural attitudes towards childhood. For example, the Brothers Grimm wrote all those dark, scary tales of witches & evil forests because in their day (early 19th century), childhood was just a smaller version of an awful adulthood. Poorer kids had to work on farms or in factories, even wealthier kids succumbed to disease, and stories had to prepare them for the general dangers of the world. In the Victorian era (later 19th century), children were viewed as pure and angelic, so their books were supposed to help enhance their innocence. And by the 20th century, childhood really evolved into a separate phase of life, where books could enhance kids’ imagination or teach them valuable lessons. (And reading all these stories was a welcome change from typical academic fare — I loved sitting in the library, where my classmates were absorbed in Advanced Principles Of Molecular Biology or The Sociolinguistics of Anthropology, and they’d look over to see me enjoying The Little Engine That Could.  But I digress…) Read More Truth Is Weirder Than Children’s Fiction

A Completely True and Totally Unbiased View of Scotland’s Independence Referendum

BANNOCKBUUUUUUURN! Read More A Completely True and Totally Unbiased View of Scotland’s Independence Referendum

The Sky Is Falling! No, Really! No, I Mean It This Time!

Over-reaction is becoming so common on the political scene these days, things have to go pretty far before they qualify as genuinely surprising over-reaction. But the furor over last week’s primary defeat of Eric Cantor definitely qualifies. Read More The Sky Is Falling! No, Really! No, I Mean It This Time!

All the World’s a Stage   

…and all the men and women merely players. So wrote William Shakespeare (or Christopher Marlowe, if you subscribe to that theory; or Family Guy, if you’re like my sons and get most of your cultural references from that show’s parodies). So much of what we do is for public show, from dressing for a special occasion to posting on Facebook to making a speech on the House floor. And you were wondering how I’d segue from theatre to politics! Read More All the World’s a Stage   

Friday News Bites: Protests in Ukraine Turn Violent, An Exploding Star, and More

I am so not giving that Bieber miscreant more press, so let’s get on to some actual news stories, both political and entertaining.

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