Last night, I dreamt I went to a wedding again. Mine. It seemed to me I stood by the altar, beneath an arch, my feet on petals, and afterward I could not move, for the reception was barred, and plated. There was a ball and chain upon my ankle.
God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen;
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us . . .
And please, God, please, make her look good on Netflix.
Since 2016, the streaming service has been home to The Crown, a…
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Assuming Joe Biden becomes the next president, and assuming a lame-duck Donald Trump does not pardon himself — a dubious move — or resign and let Mike Pence pardon him — a weaselly move — Biden should do the deed himself.
Biden should pardon Trump.
He said before that he…
We’ve read the stories. Heard the stats. Seen the woe.
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I recently read an essay about how watching stand-up comics can improve one’s writing.
The author emphasizes style and wordplay — puns, non-sequiturs, double entendre — as the tools most transferable from comedy to prose. These are good points.
But what about joke writing? There is a process to this…
Which is more dangerous: a gun or a swimming pool?
Do real-estate agents have their clients’ best interests at heart?
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If there are still Renaissance men around, John Scalzi has to be one.
Best known as the New York Times bestselling author of Old Man’s War and its sequels, he has won three Hugo Awards, the highest honor in science fiction. Before that, he was a journalist, writing on a…
It is a staple of book/movie discussions that the book is better. Google the phrase “book was better,” and you’ll get over 2 billion results. Etsy, ThinkGeek, and Amazon sell many versions of The Book Was Better T-shirts. And don’t get me started on the memes.
The way my father tells the story, I am four years old, and we are on our way to the beach, my arm in a cast. I had broken it falling off a swing set.
My parents have talked up the trip all week, and I am dying from excitement…