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Season’s Greetings From Salvador Dalí

The surrealist designed the Nativity scene above for Hallmark in 1959. Colin Marshall has more: [Professor Rebecca] Bender cites Patrick Regan’s book Hallmark: A Century of Caring as describing Dalí’s “take on Christmas [being] a bit too avant garde for the average greeting card buyer.” But tastes, even mainstream tastes, seem to have broadened quite […]

A Monument To Bad Taste

Martin Filler received an unpleasant surprise on a recent trip to Chartres Cathedral: Carried away by the splendors of the moment, I did not initially realize that something was very wrong. I had noticed the floor-to-ceiling scrim-covered scaffolding near the crossing of the nave and transepts, but had assumed it was routine maintenance. But my […]

Americans Learn To Stop Worrying And Love Torture, Ctd

Many atheists are surely passing around this post. One writes: Dear Andrew (welcome back!), Chris et al: What jumped out at me in the chart accompanying your post is that the ONLY group of Americans in which a majority do consider US torture justified is people with no religion. Hmmm. I thought that there was […]

You’re Paying For That Well-Chosen Adjective

Dan Jurafsky’s The Language of Food examines the vocabulary of restaurant menus: Mr Jurafsky ploughed through the descriptions of 650,000 dishes on 6,500 menus. Mid-range restaurants repeatedly insist that their food is “fresh”; this “overmentioning”, he explains, is a symptom of status anxiety. Show More Summary

The View From Your Window Contest: Winner #236

A reader thinks we’re being topical: Cuba, of course. Another gets topical himself: In honor of Andrew’s final appearance on The Colbert Report, here’s my truthiness answer for this week’s VFYW – Portugal, because it feels like it – and no amount of facts can change my mind. Another appreciates the “seasonal appropriate Dickensian feel” […]

A Good Closer?

There has long been a pattern to Barack Obama’s political career on the national stage. There are moments of soaring moral clarity and inspiration; there are long periods of drift or laziness or passivity; and there are often very good fourth quarters. The 2008 campaign was an almost perfect coda: the sudden initial breakout, then […]

What Gives?

Bourree Lam explains why gift-giving remains so popular among Americans: Americans are actually pretty generous on the gift giving front (second in the world to wealthy Luxembourgers). A recent Pew Research poll shows that across all age groups and income levels, around 80 percent of Americans surveyed felt “joyful” and “generous” about buying and receiving […]

Excuse Me, Mr Coates, Ctd.

Life is short. And there are much more pressing–and actually interesting–questions than “Are you less human than me?” — Ta-Nehisi Coates (@tanehisicoates) December 22, 2014 This is a striking way to frame the debate over IQ and race. And it genuinely grieves me that this is how Ta-Nehisi Coates views it. All I can say […]

The Secret To Selling Christmas Trees

In a look at the “weird and secretive world of Christmas tree salesmen,” Patrick Wensink asserts that the lots where the trees are sold, which “are awkward by design,” are a key factor in why we flock to buy them: They normally spring up where rent is cheap: vacant buildings across from the train tracks, […]

A Poem From The Year

“1 Corinthians 13? by Spencer Reece: How long do we wait for love? Long ago, we rowed on a pond. Our oars left the moon broken— our gestures ruining the surface. Our parents wanted us to marry. Beyond the roses where we lay, men who loved men grew wounds. When do we start to forget […]

The Perks Of Being A Worrywart

According to Christian Jarrett, they’re considerable: Psychologists are recognizing the strengths of people who are prone to anxiety. For example, there’s research showing that people more prone to anxiety are quicker to detect threats and better at lie detection. Now Alexander Penney and his colleagues have conducted a survey of over 100 students and they […]

The Best Of The Dish Today

Today, a beleaguered Mayor De Blasio called for an end to the recent protests at the racial bias of the criminal justice system in America: “It’s time for everyone to put aside political debates, put aside protests, put aside all of the things that we will talk about in due time,” Mr. de Blasio said […]

A Poem From The Year

There isn’t another political or current affairs blog I know of that has poems suddenly poking up all over the place. It’s one of the things I’m proudest of here at the Dish – because it makes the implicit point that wisdom comes in many guises and that there are more ways to understand life […]

Quote For The Day

“We have been silent witnesses of evil deeds; we have been drenched by many storms; we have learnt the arts of equivocation and pretence; experience has made us suspicious of others and kept us from being truthful and open; intolerable conflicts have worn us down and even made us cynical. Are we still of any […]

Citizen Canine

Zack Beauchamp interviews philosopher Will Kymlicka: ZB: So what’s wrong with just saying we’ll take a number of steps to protect animal rights without going so far as to declare them citizens? WK: As I’ve said, the core of our theory is the idea of membership. It’s a rich concept if you think about it […]

Face Of The Day

A man wears a costume as he attends the draw of Spain’s Christmas lottery, which is named ‘El Gordo’ (Fat One) at Teatro Real on December 22, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. This year’s winning number is 13437. The top prize of 4 million euros will be shared between ten ticket holders. The total prize fund […]

About Those Criminals We’re Deporting

Edward Delman shares the story of how his brother Saul was nearly deported for “a misdemeanor—check fraud—that Saul had committed at the age of 19?: You could be a wife and mother to U.S. citizen children, contributing to your community and working to support your family, and they could deport you because of a shoplifting […]

Losing Your Faith In Santa, Ctd

Readers continue the popular thread: I remember the moment I knew for a fact that Santa wasn’t real. All my life, Santa used different wrapping paper than my mom. Gifts from my parents were in one style and Santa’s gifts looked completely different. One July, when I was 11 or 12, I was helping my […]

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