The man I married is Jewish but doesn’t worry about prejudice. He just gets on with his life.
What light could the originator of Objectivism possibly shed on volunteering?
The sign reminds me that, even in America, even in a dynamic, progressive city like the new Boston, Jews might still, to some extent, be considered ‘other.’
A brief cultural history of the gaze.
Instead of regarding it as a source of embarrassment or bad publicity, why not use it as a part of a history lesson in the progress of an American family?
Turning elder lust into a dirty joke, which we’ve done for at least 2,000 years, defuses our horror at a parent’s loss of dignity but prevents our seeing the behavior for the neurological symptom it is: dementia.
We should begin to understand who our immigrant population is — where they came from and why, their aspirations, their contributions to American society — in order to help this new (and great) migration succeed for all.
The social challenges facing those on the autism spectrum are all too common. But a recent encounter gives the author hope for her adult son.
Boston is the city I love. The city I honor every time I run.
A reflection on why we study and remember the Holocaust.
Carroll’s Jesus is desperately necessary in an era that’s not only informed by science but beset by misguided war, indifference to the needy, and hostility towards those who are different.
Budgets contain more than numbers. They tell the story of who we are and what we care about. Right now, the story features inadequate funding for 200,000 Massachusetts children who live in poverty.
It has now been determined: I’m a pox on the Sox. At least, I am when I buy the tickets.
No matter what the cost, the trial was worthwhile. Its value cannot be measured in money alone.
After the sustained adrenaline rush of a long, hard winter, embracing the gentler pace of spring, while keeping the shovel out, just in case.
On the 150th anniversary of the surrender at Appomattox, it’s painfully clear that the issues that underlay and fueled the Civil War survived it.
The former White House intern’s emergence as an anti-cyber-bullying advocate illustrates both the healthy and dark sides of rewriting one’s narrative.
A novelist reflects on the best preparation for the writing life she could have ever had: parenthood.
New research has confirmed what the author’s father, the writer Bernard Malamud, always knew to be true.
This World Water Day, there is an urgent need to re-examine the domestic laws that protect access to safe, affordable drinking water.
I know how difficult language is for him. But we keep at it.
Are we all so in love with rags-to-riches narratives that we turn our forebears into archetypes? And what happens when, inevitably, they fall to earth?
To those of you who are new to the child-rearing game, here are some things you should remember to do as you head down the parenting path.
When you buy a house, do you inherit a responsibility to its history, as well?
Sending your last child off to college is a privilege and a joy. But it has also left me choking back a lump in my throat all spring, as we participate in a series of “lasts.”
It’s a cliche: holidays have lost their meaning and commercialism has taken over. But this holiday seemed different… until now.
They grow up so fast. Let’s make some money off that!
When public transportation grinds to a halt, we throw our iciest snowballs at the people working to get and keep the trains and buses moving.
One thing I’ve re-learned, too late in my life to do anything about, is that sunbathing is bad for pale skin.
If we could know how much time we have left, how would we use it, and how would that change our perception of time?
Some of the most heinous crimes in recent memory have been carried out by young men.
Much to my middle-age, music-snob surprise, one of the highlights of my summer was attending a One Direction concert with my 15-year-old daughter.
Master chef Thomas Keller says he cares about cooking great food, not about worrying whether it’s local. But Kathy Gunst says in today’s world, that’s the wrong recipe.
Some supporters of Boston 2024 tout the economic benefits and the prestige. Sharon Brody has a more basic reason. Herewith, she flushes out her alternative rationale.
As electronic gaming grows, and the digital world becomes more ubiquitous, interest in participatory storytelling is on the rise. Audiences don’t just want to passively absorb, they want to participate.
Please, schools, we’re begging, make these random half-days stop.
Worrying is folly. It represents a flailing effort to gain, or to pretend to gain, some power over the unpredictable comings and goings of life.
Maybe if we, as a culture, stopped stereotyping stay-at-home moms, we’d do a better job at providing them the kind of support they need to succeed.
Skipping a day of school now and then is actually good for kids, says Leah Hager Cohen. Not just for their spirits, but for their education, too.
As paternalism comes back into vogue, the struggles for women’s liberation and economic fairness are even more inextricably bound.
No one in the commentariat knows what, if anything, happened in a Connecticut attic 21 years ago between Woody Allen and Dylan Farrow. Here’s what we do know.
And a modest proposal for how to fix it.
It is a time to honor the Newtown families — as they have asked us to — by turning away, and lowering our collective gaze.
Against all odds, there was one commander in chief my POTUS-obsessed son didn’t seem to respond to. But why?
Slate’s Emily Yoffe touched a nerve recently when she implored college women to ‘stop getting drunk.’ Amy Gutman agrees with the advice but rejects the rationale.
Children are not supposed to die. But when they do, they become our teachers. Their legacy is to show the rest of us how to confront the unimaginable.
My dad is in his late innings now, possibly in the ninth, but he’s not out yet. Not as long as the Red Sox still come first.
What happens when you say “I don’t know”? You never know.
We’ve gotten so used to seeing TV screens everywhere — taxis, gas stations, elevators, even bathrooms. It seems we’re never more than a foot or two away from our next media experience.
As my condition worsens and things become more difficult, I know I will need to let more people in.
What makes your birthday special — aside from the fact, of course, that you entered our world — is that it marks a fundamental victory for the cause of love over hate.
Is America really ready to embrace a “race neutral” approach to equality? The majority of the U.S. Supreme Court apparently thinks so.
Certainly, Universal Studios has the right to offer visitors a “V.I.P Experience.” But that doesn’t mean they should.
I admire the writer’s honesty and the way the piece leaves the questions there to think about, rather than posing answers.