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New York, December 4, 2009
When TV Became Art
Goodbye Boob Tube, Hello Brain Food
New York, January 19, 2009
TV Reviews: Trust Me, plus Lie to Me, Big Love, and Damages
New York, January 19, 2009
Goosing the Grey Lady
What are these renegade cybergeeks doing at The New York Times? Maybe saving it.
New York, December 8, 2008
Liza Must Go On
For showbiz’s ultimate survivor, life has been one hell of a cabaret. But it’s marvelous all the same.
New York, October 27, 2008
Updike and the Women
The Witches, The Widows, and the ambiguous bliss of misogyny.
New York, October 13, 2008
What Tina Fey Would Do for a SoyJoy
Product integration, 30 Rock, and the trouble with using brands to write TV.
New York, October 6, 2008
In Conversation: Gloria Steinem and Suheir Hammad
A feminist icon and a rising star on the sexual revolution, the booty-call nineties, and the Superwoman myth.
New York, September 14, 2008
The Man in the Bushes
He stalked Jackie, was pummeled by Brando, and gave birth to the idea of modern American celebrity. Without Ron Galella, there’d be no TMZ. Much to his dismay.
New York, May 4, 2008
Sarah Jessica Parker Would Like a Few Words With Carrie Bradshaw
The Sex and the City star likes Victorian morality tales, frets about artistic purity, and laments the passing of Old New York. So how did she become the poster girl for the New Manhattan?
New York, August 13, 2007
The Nuclear Family, Exploded
Celebrity blended families have become a cultural flash point, revealing a broad anxiety: Do parents really love adopted children differently than their own offspring?
New York, June 18, 2007
The Long Con
The Sopranos creator David Chase turned us all into Tony’s shrink, then duped us into believing he could be saved. It took us eight seasons to figure out we’d been had.
New York, February 18, 2007
The Incredible Shrinking Model
Why are models dwindling in size? Because they’ve dwindled in stature—from bodacious superstars to nameless, faceless manual laborers.
New York, February 12, 2007
Say Everything
As younger people reveal their private lives on the Internet, the older generation looks on with alarm and misapprehension not seen since the early days of rock and roll. The future belongs to the uninhibited.
New York, July 17, 2006
Mothers Anonymous
In the collective id known as UrbanBaby, New York women confess their darkest fears about parenting and marriage—and, not infrequently, go to war over them.
The New York Times, July 17, 2005
‘Envy’: Don’t Even Try to Analyze This
The New York Times, May 23, 2004
Some Like It Hot
The New York Times, May 5, 2004
The End of the Surprise Ending
The New York Times, April 18, 2004
Same Night, Same Channel, Same Giant Bummer
The New York Times, February 15, 2004
Reruns: The Evil Geniuses of Kiddie Schlock
The New York Times Magazine, January 11, 2004
My So-Called Blog
The New York Times, December 21, 2003
Reruns: A DVD Face-Off—The Official vs. the Homemade
The New York Times, July 27, 2003
Reruns: The First Time Around, She Blew It. Or Did She?
The Nation, May 29, 2003
The Liar
The Fabulist, by Stephen Glass.
The New York Times Magazine, September 22, 2002
Must-See Metaphysics
Slate, April 4, 2002
Confessions of a Spoiler Whore
The pleasures of participatory TV.
Slate, April 2, 2002
A La Mode
Vogue’s pathetic attempt at body-type diversity.
Nerve, September 3, 2001
Judging Emily
Popular website (formerly and comparison-shopping spin-off seem so cold and anonymous. Why not just ask people on the street?
Nerve, February 2001
The New Fantasy
Lingua Franca, November 2000
The Anthropologist as Lover
The New York Times Magazine, September 17, 2000
His Only Address Was an E-Mail Account
A gay teenage runaway, he decided he’d rather be on the streets of New York than back home.
Lingua Franca, May 2000
Thanks for Nothing
Lingua Franca, March 2000
Inside the Love Lab
A research psychologist goes pop.
Lingua Franca, October 1999
Faith No More
The campus crusade for secular humanism.
Lingua Franca, May/June 1999
The Sex That Dare Not Speak Its Name
Lingua Franca, November 1998
Mother’s Little Helper
Lingua Franca, September 1998
Tip of the Iceberg
Lingua Franca, May/June 1998
Does the Exotic Become Erotic?
A Cornell psychologist’s bold new theory about who’s gay and why.
Lingua Franca, October 1997
Good Grief!
The case for repression.