• November 11, 2016

    Offensiveness won. Or lost. It’s really the same thing: it just depends on how you come at it.

    For more than a year, the press has […]

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  • July 17, 2016

    Offense of the Month, July 2016

    I never supposed a top Republican could outdo Candidate-Presumptive Donald Trump in offending American citizens with political rhetoric, but […]

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  • July 16, 2016

    Just returned from a 4,000-mile round trip to the Rockies. It took us by car from the east coast to Cleveland, Ann Arbor, Chicago, Omaha, […]

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  • June 14, 2016

    Offense of the Month, June 2016

    He’s back — well, at least in my columns. He’s been daily on your other screens, I know, though […]

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  • June 14, 2016

    I’ve been away from the blog for a couple of weeks, writing the first draft of the proposal for the book Taking Offense. During that […]

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  • May 12, 2016

    Offense of the Month, May 2016

    Have you heard the one about the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan? No, that’s not an insult; that’s […]

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  • May 11, 2016

    I missed it at the time, so this is a retrospective reflection on a curious blunder last March, when Microsoft unleashed an AI bot to […]

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  • April 20, 2016

    Offense of the Month, April 2016

    Richard Emery, chairman of New York City’s Civilian Complaint Review Board, which oversees actions of the police department, stepped […]

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  • April 17, 2016

    If you strain at gnats you can usually find them or, searching even more closely, gnats’ gnats or smaller. All you need is a fine […]

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  • March 20, 2016

    A doll with measles?  Or a colostomy bag? I’m talking here about a whole a new bus ride.

    Aficionados of “critical offense studies” (henceforth, COS) will […]

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