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Amy Sedaris brings you back to simpler times

Amy Sedaris brings you back to simpler times

Amy Sedaris can probably make you laugh, but did you know she can also make you a tea cozy? Well maybe she can’t, but she’s written a book about craft-making for you anyway! <i>Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People</i> has a little something for everyone. With chapters like “Unreturnable Gift Giving,” “The Joy of Poverty,” [...]

Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories

Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories

Biographers usually choose to profile people. Simon Winchester is taking on the Atlantic Ocean. Applying Shakespeare’s seven stages of life—infant, schoolboy, lover, soldier, justice, pantaloon, and second childhood—to his subject, the New York Times bestselling author chronicles the life and times of a massively important body of water in his latest book. From its geographical [...]

Daniel Patrick Moynihan: Bipartisan Lessons for the Current Congress

Daniel Patrick Moynihan: Bipartisan Lessons for the Current Congress

One of America’s most illustrious politicians, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, wrote mountains of words but never an autobiography. He did leave a voluminous correspondence and through a carefully selected collection of letters author/ editor Steven Weisman has compiled a vivid record of Moynihan’s life. And what a life it was! Before his four terms as senator [...]

Could babies cure bullies?

Could babies cure bullies?

Bullying has been around for a long time, but with the advent of social media, it’s harder than ever (or impossible) for kids to escape. Suicides linked to cyber-bullying get a lot of media attention, but not much is said about treatment options for the bullies themselves. The usual response is to get tough and [...]

The OTHER debt commission takes its turn forcing America to stare down its indebted reality

The OTHER debt commission takes its turn forcing America to stare down its indebted reality

It’s a rare feat in American politics to make proposals that are equally condemned by Republicans and Democrats, which is exactly what President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform managed to do last week with recommendations on reducing the nation’s multi-trillion-dollar debt. From drastic cuts in defense spending to tough reform of heritage [...]

Statistics are facts, right?

Statistics are facts, right?

In a world filled with opinions, many of us are starved for facts. And statistics seem like a pretty reliable place to turn for sustenance. Take these for example: “diet and brain-teasers will make you 40% smarter;” “blonds will be extinct by the year 2202;” “new moisturizer delivers 70% more moisture in every drop.” These [...]

Talk dirty to me: breaking down the messy political language of the midterm election

Talk dirty to me: breaking down the messy political language of the midterm election

Are you tired of those <i>Astroturf wing nuts</i>? Let down by the <i>Lame-stream media</i>? Feel unseen by those pushing for <i>Obama-care,/i>? Are you frustrated by <i>Islamophobia</i>? Man-up. <i>Great Recession</i>. <i>Tea-Party</i>. <i>Grass Roots</i>. <i>Climate Change</i> and <i>Global Warming</i>. <i>Housekeeper-gate</i>. <i>Aqua Buddha</i>. <i>Shellacking</i>. Calm down, we aren’t talking about the 2012 elections. This last mid-term election, just [...]

Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality

Sex at Dawn:  The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality

Humans are natural monogamists right? Not so fast! In their new book, <i>Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origin of Modern Sexuality</i>, psychologist Christopher Ryan and psychiatrist Cacilda Jethá suggest that monogamy is actually the furthest thing from human sexual nature. Using evidence from anthropology, archaeology, primatology, anatomy and psychosexuality, as well as trends like less [...]

Trashing your boss online – protected speech or grounds for termination?

Trashing your boss online – protected speech or grounds for termination?

The National Labor Relations Board last week intervened to prevent the firing of an employee for insulting her boss online. Dawnmarie Souza was dismissed by American Medical Response of Connecticut after posting on Facebook “several vulgarities” about her supervisor including calling him a “17,” ambulance-service lingo for psychiatric patient. Because Souza’s coworkers chimed in, the [...]

Nora Ephron remembers nothing

Nora Ephron remembers nothing

She’s the writer behind <i>When Harry Met Sally</i> and <i>Julie and Julia</i>, but first she’s a woman. Writer/producer Nora Ephron follows up her last book <i>I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman</i> with <i>I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections</i>, which delves into the issues many women deal with – [...]