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OCTOBER 22, 2010 2:41PM

Two Weddings, One Ass

There is a terrific Yiddish expression that currently sums up a large part of what Juan Williams did wrong: "You can't dance in two weddings with one ass."

Fox News and National Public Radio are two very different weddings, playing very different music and enjoying very differe… Read full post »

I've spent this past week trying to determine which is worse: a sore mouth that can only handle food the consistency of avocado, or a disturbance in a region private enough that you don't want to mention it on a blog. (There can only be one Dooce.) I'll call it my… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 12:25PM

My Head Has Been Hole-Punched

Here's a lesson I have now learned that I am sharing with you: Before you are scheduled to have surgery at a place, check that place out. Meet the doctor, if possible. And make sure you're not going to be outnumbered by people in Ed Hardy shirts.

I arrived at my oral… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 10:22AM

The F&*!ing Canterbury Tales

When I picked up an unabridged (though yes, translated) version of the the Canterbury Tales a couple of weeks ago, I'm not sure what I was expecting. Stories, of course. So many novels lately successfully weave together loosely-related stories: A Visit from the Goon Squad, which was so exciti… Read full post »
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SEPTEMBER 24, 2010 2:43PM

Why Franzen is the Wrong Face for "Franzenfreude"

Having finally released three different but related books back into the wild of the Brooklyn Public Library system -- Freedom, Catching Fire, and The Passage -- I feel the time is right to weigh in on the literary meme of the moment, Franzenfreude, a term that, loosely defined, indicate… Read full post »