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Snowpocalypse Now

NYC radar shows band of heavy snow inching its way toward metro area — Weather Underground (@wunderground) January 27, 2015 The historic storm is just about to peak. So far, four governors have declared states of emergency, more than 7,000 flights have been cancelled, and road travel is banned in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, […]

The Best Of The Dish Today

@barbaraslavin1 agree. more gop v dem issue, white house wins. And boehner bibi made it a gop issue — Laura Rozen (@lrozen) January 24, 2015 To give you an idea of how far Netanyahu, Boehner and the pro-Israel right have now gone in their campaign to torpedo the critical talks with Iran, I give you […]

Can You Teach Funny?

In an essay examining different answers to the question, Saul Austerlitz cracks open one book that says yes: Mel Helitzer’s Comedy Writing Secrets (1987; updated 2005) suggests a worldwide conspiracy on the part of successful comedians: “Out of fear that discovery of their superficial tricks will be evaluated rather than laughed at, many famous humorists […]

The Way We Lie Now

Clancy Martin praises Dallas G. Denery’s The Devil Wins for being the first systematic history of Western thought about lying, noting that one of the book’s more intriguing arguments is that “our Western understanding of deception has undergone a radical change from Augustine’s time to Rousseau’s”: For Augustine, lying is always wrong and is an […]

The Most Quoted Experts

Justin Wolfers charts the recent dominance of economists: There’s an old Bob Dylan song that goes “there’s no success like failure,” and it’s a lesson that’s been central to the rise of the economics profession. Each economic calamity since the Great Depression — stagflation in the 1970s, the double-dip recession in the late 1970s and […]

The Expiration Date On That URL

Jill Lepore discovers that the “average life of a Web page is about a hundred days”: No one believes any longer, if anyone ever did, that “if it’s on the Web it must be true,” but a lot of people do believe that if it’s on the Web it will stay on the Web. Chances […]

What’s In A Political Slogan?

Election guru Larry Sabato finds that slogans are often “simplistic and manufactured, but the best ones fire up the troops and live on in history.” His unsolicited advice for Hillary and Jeb: The last time she ran for president, then-Sen. Clinton used “The Strength and Experience to Bring Real Change.” That was workmanlike—and boring. At […]

This Extraordinary Pope, Ctd

Wow. Transgender man writes to the Pope after getting rejected from his church. On Saturday, the Pope met with him. — Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) January 26, 2015 A reader puts it well: It seems to me that this is pretty big Pope news; he had a private audience with a transgender man and his […]

The Exaggerated Benefits Of Bilingualism

Maria Konnikova examines the research of Angela de Bruin: De Bruin isn’t refuting the notion that there are advantages to being bilingual: some studies that she reviewed really did show an edge. But the advantage is neither global nor pervasive, as often reported. Where learning another language does pay dividends: One of the areas where […]

Why Berlin Meant Boys

In a review of Robert Beachy’s Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity, Alex Ross ponders why the city proved a relatively hospitable place for a thriving gay subculture that emerged at the turn of the 20th century. One reason? A deep and abiding connection between Romanticism and German culture: Close to the heart of […]

“They Think, Therefore I Am”

Yatzchak Francus has discovered for himself that “having recovered from a brain injury is vastly different from having recovered from any other injury”: No one thinks that a broken leg or a kidney stone or pneumonia fundamentally changes the essence of who you are. But when you’ve had a brain injury, people don’t believe that […]

The Meaning Of ’90s Sitcoms, Ctd

Many readers aren’t buying Ruth Graham’s view that Friends, and especially Chandler, were homophobic: I’m sorry, but Friends is mocking homophobia, not displaying it. As a soon-to-be married gay man, I find the idea that this relatively recent show being representative of some benighted era to be an example of ridiculous outrage-mongering. Another sees “no […]

“An Atheist’s Week Of Dish”

A reader spells it out: Monday: Man, these guys work hard. Tuesday: Pretty good opinion piece. Wednesday: Wow, that was an amazing amount of great content. Thursday: Sully’s a great fucking editor. Friday: Okay, that really made me think. Saturday: Totally worth the subscription. Sunday: Oh, for fuck’s sake. That’s not a complaint. If only […]

Air Travel Gets A Little Less Entertaining

SkyMall, surely the most interesting thing to read in your seat-back pocket, looks like it’s folding. Roberto Ferdman sums up the news: SkyMall made its business over the past 25 years by entertaining commercial airline passengers and, occasionally, persuading them to purchase whimsical, often expensive products, including a $1,000 serenity cat pod, a $2,250 garden […]

What Is Humanity’s Greatest Invention? Ctd

Rather than religion, a reader has this reply to the question: It’s the double-blind experiment. It’s the means by which we can finally escape the illogical and incorrect claims of religion and discover the way the universe actually works. Another is more critical: Yuval Noah Harari has got to be joking; religion is one of […]

Egypt’s Revolution Isn’t Over, Ctd

Ursula Lindsey is saddened by the present state of the country: I appreciate the desire to offer some encouragement to Egyptian citizens who supported January 25, and I agree that it is important to keep thinking of how to be active, even under these terrible circumstances[.] I also agree that we are not just back […]

Why You Should Get Vaccinated

It prevents outbreaks like this: A spokesman for the California state health department has told Reuters that he believes “unvaccinated individuals have been the principal factor” in a mid-December measles outbreak at Disneyland that has infected more than 70 people in six western states and Mexico, including five Disney employees. Sarah Kliff spells out how […]

The GOP’s New Year

This was to be the winter of their deep content. Having won the mid-terms on a platform of pure fear and panic, they had Washington DC in their pocket. The agenda was going to be theirs’ – even if they hadn’t run on much of a platform. They would prove to be a capable governing […]

Growing Up Poor In A Rich Neighborhood

It appears to have drawbacks: In research just published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, they uncovered a surprising result among children in the U.K.: Low-income boys who grow up around wealthier peers have more behavior problems like lying, cheating and fighting than their counterparts who grow up immersed in poverty. That result […]

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