Comedians and truth

Jerry Seinfeld on advertisers at an awards ceremony for advertising: I think spending your life trying to dupe innocent people out of hard-won earnings to buy useless, low quality, misrepresented items…

Letter to Target

Dear Target, The name of your company is apt, as we’re certain that many dreams across these United States involve hurling sharp projectiles at your architecturally uninspired retail locations. We…

Was Ray Kroc a prescriptivist?

Ten years ago, an improbable scuffle between McDonald’s and Merriam-Webster over the meaning of the word, “McJob”, culminated when the McDonald’s CEO wrote them a fairly nasty open letter. In the letter, Jim…

Naked in papal regalia

David Zubik, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, on the decision to file charges against a CMU student who paraded naked in papal regalia: [T]his is an opportunity for…

Public speaking

I’ve only given a few talks in my life, but this hasn’t deterred me from developing strong opinions on the subject of public speaking. I think my opinion mainly derives…

In defense of messiness

One of my favorite pastimes is to sift through the bowels of the Psychology Today archive and to debate the authors of select articles in my head. The latest is…

Yoga mats

Tonight was supposed to be yoga night, that special night where I find my weekly hour of peace amid a sea of unorthodox bodily contortions and overproduced, vaguely Easterny-sounding music. Not…