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Trigger Warning Parody: Imagine a World Where That Mean, White, Cisgendered Syllabus Can’t Hurt You

Saturday, August 29th, 2015 - by Paula Bolyard

Professor: “Close your eyes and imagine you are in a world free from triggers. Imagine that that mean, white, cisgendered syllabus can’t hurt a young, gay man like you, Eric.” Student #1: “Wait, what? I’m not gay…” Student #2: “Uh…is this Literature 101?” That’s what a lot of people are asking these days. Unlike college […]

It’s Gotta Be Bad When the Dead Don’t Even Like You

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Elaine requests, “In lieu of flowers, please do not vote for Hillary Clinton”. One line tucked into the bottom of a rather extensive, surprisingly impressive obituary of a New Jersey woman who passed before her time has caught the national eye. And they say everyone in New Jersey votes Democrat. Elaine Fydrych was a lifelong […]

11 Tricks Humanities Majors Need to Survive in the Real World

Saturday, August 15th, 2015 - by Michael T. Hamilton

Across America, college students are resigning their summer internships to return to studying a field of their choice that may–or may not–lead to gainful employment right out of the gate. Recently my college, having discovered that I have cobbled my English major into a not-terrible career, invited me to sit on a panel to advise […]

We Can’t Have Kids Because Global Warming and Other Paranoias

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

As a Gen-X/Millennial crossover, I have a number of friends who claim they don’t want children of their own. None of them can give a solid reason why. Most of them express fear of puking while pregnant or screwing their kid up for life as if they’re living in a television-reality of their own making. […]

Mitt Romney as Mitt Romney in New Colbert Spot

Monday, August 3rd, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Stephen Colbert will be taking over the Late Show for CBS in September after the retirement of David Letterman. Promotion has begun in earnest with an already active YouTube channel and some new television spots. One features former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Colbert tells us he expects to interview all kinds of public figures, […]

Drag Queens Not Welcome at This Pride Parade

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Try to unwind the political correctness in this headline — “Pride Parade Bans Drag Queens Because They Offend Transgendered.” It’s the kind of thing that prompts you to fold up the paper, fling it into the trash, and condemn society as irrevocably lost. A group of — honestly, I don’t know how I’m supposed to […]

Here’s Why You Should Be Watching Amy Schumer

Monday, July 20th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Amy Schumer’s debut film Trainwreck opened in theaters this past Friday. As the weekend drew to a close, Variety made the bold declaration that Schumer has catapulted onto “Hollywood’s A-list:” “This is the birth of a new film star,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “She’s going to get tons of […]

Should We Tear Down the Pyramids?

Thursday, July 9th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

The above photo comes courtesy of Chicks on the Right, who posted it to social media. Extrapolating from the ongoing controversy over Confederate symbolism in the wake of nine racially motivated murders in a South Carolina church, the meme asks when we will tear down the slave-built Egyptian pyramids. It would be interesting to hear […]

From ‘Red Eye’ to Red Face

Thursday, June 18th, 2015 - by David Forsmark

  I doubt that I have the ear of Fox News execs, but we did agree on one thing: Tom Shillue was the best choice to replace Greg Gutfeld on “Red Eye.” However, had I known that Fox was going to put such meager resources behind “The Greg Gutfeld Show,” I would have recommended they stick […]

9 Ways Your Marriage Changes When a Baby Is on the Way

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Everything about our life together changed the minute we learned we were pregnant. The obvious changes were welcome ones. Loads of much-needed gifts, the rearranging of rooms, the changing of jobs so I could be the work-from-home mom I always wanted to be. Those weren’t the issue. It was all the seemingly mundane unexpected changes […]

4 Stages of Play All Parents of Boys Will Understand

Monday, June 15th, 2015 - by Stephen Green

It’s summer vacation and I’m a work-at-home dad in charge of two boys, ages Nine and Nearly Five.  They’re good kids, provided you remember — and develop the patience for — the Four Stages of Play. They are: • Every idea becomes a game • Every game becomes a contest • Every contest becomes a […]

Anatomy of a Knock-Knock Joke, or How to Raise Funny Kids Without Even Trying

Monday, June 15th, 2015 - by Michael T. Hamilton

Knock knock. Who’s there. Mr. Piggy Pants. Great. Mr. Piggy Pants who. Mr. Piggy Pants went to … the funniest place … and everyone came with him. Haaa. Mmm. Uhuh. Quick, change the sub— Knock knock. I said knock knock. OOOOkay, let me explain something. Here is how knock-knock jokes work…. That’s a cross-section of […]

36 Things All Moms Should Do Before Giving Birth – Part 2

Friday, June 12th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

From Part 1: Our grandmothers were blessed with a simple trip to the doctor and a confirmation 10 days later with a polite, “See you in nine months.” Today we’re slammed with monthly, bi-monthly and eventually weekly doctor or midwife appointments, several rounds of bloodwork and ultrasounds, and let’s not forget the bevy of paranoia-inducing […]

Open Letter from Politically Correct College Student Proves Jerry Seinfeld’s Point

Thursday, June 11th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

The culture of political correctness has gotten so bad at college campuses that even bleeding heart liberal comics like Jerry Seinfeld feel out of place. The venerable comedian told ESPN’s Colin Cowherd last week that he avoids performing on college campuses, and has been advised by those who have to stay away. From Entertainment Tonight: […]

36 Things All Moms Should Do Before Giving Birth — Part 1

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

My own pregnancy roller coaster went a little bit like this: The test is positive! Hooray, we’re pregnant! Can’t we get this kid delivered overnight?! Oh. My. God, we have so much to do! And less than 9 months to do it in!  Our grandmothers were blessed with a simple trip to the doctor and […]

Hey Kiddo, Your Joke Wasn’t Funny but You Are and We Love You

Monday, June 8th, 2015 - by Michael T. Hamilton

I began telling people my kids were funny as early as my son’s first birthday. “How’s Jonah?” “Oh, he’s funny—and he knows it!” Wink. Folks would smile and nod, their thoughts probably ranging from What a proud young father, to That dad has no idea what he’s talking about, to What a shock, pompous Hamilton […]

5 Reasons You Feel Like You Need a Vacation After Your Family Vacation

Monday, June 8th, 2015 - by Megan Fox

We are leaving tomorrow at the crack of dawn for 7 days of wonderful, relaxing family fun on a river in Michigan somewhere. We are staying in a lovely log cabin and we are going to spend our days basking in the sun, catching fish, and listening to our children’s laughter as they hold hands […]

The Violet Crow Takes a Borscht Belt Twist on Film Noir for the Ultimate Summer Mystery

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

What do Jews, Quakers and biotech have in common? Jersey, of course, the setting for Michael Sheldon’s debut novel The Violet Crow. Private Detective Bruno X, a rough around the edges Yiddish trash talker with a sixth sense for murder, is called in to consult on an unsolved mystery at a small Quaker school in […]

Admit It: You’re Wearing Yoga Pants or Pajama Bottoms Right Now and You Need a Wardrobe Makeover

Friday, May 29th, 2015 - by Megan Fox

Comedy Gurus Turn American Morals into a Big, Fat Joke

Friday, May 29th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

A Gallup poll released this week indicates that Americans are making the great exodus towards secularism on a number of key social issues including gay “relations,” sex and children outside of marriage, and divorce. Shortly after the stats were released, Megan Garber proffered insightful commentary at The Atlantic as to why comedians are the reigning […]

This Lady’s Love of Octopi May Cross a Line

Monday, May 18th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

The argument for public broadcasting has always been some variation upon giving voice to sophisticated and enriching content that transcends the plebeian tastes of commercial audiences. By way of example, above you can listen to author Sy Montgomery get very, very excited about octopi. Author of “The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into […]

So, Now We’re Supposed to be Outraged by “All Male Panels”

Friday, May 15th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

#allmale Another all-white all-male panel, from Harvard! RT cc EUPanelWatch EuropeanWomen #AllMalePanels pic.twitter.com/GhsaFBlv6Y — Karen Melchior (@karmel80) May 14, 2015 This week contemporary feminists chose to go ga-ga over All Male Panels, a Tumblr site dedicated to screen-grabs of all-male panels in a variety of disciplines: This brilliant Tumblr page points out the lack of […]

The Muppet Show Reboot Takes a Jab at Reality TV

Thursday, May 14th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

There will forever be one timeless classic following Gen-X and their Millennial crossover counterparts to the grave: The Muppets. The new ABC prime time series promises to be a satirical take on reality television. It didn’t take long for ABC to green light the show revived by Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady. Granted, the original Muppet Show played […]

It’s Not Even Funny How Wrong John Oliver Is About Paid Family Leave

Thursday, May 14th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

John Oliver, HBO’s version of Jon Stewart, decided to celebrate Mother’s Day by using his late night platform to argue for federal paid family leave in America. It was a compelling, heavy-handed report loaded with half-truths meant to support an ideologically beautiful, yet economically unfeasible concept. Based on my years administering FMLA in New Jersey, […]