• November 17, 2020

    What would you do if you discovered that one of your good friends has been physically abusing his wife for as long as you’d known […]

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  • November 17, 2020

    Offenses of the Month, Fall 2020

    Dr. Thomas Bowdler (1754–1825), for those of you who can’t quite place the name, was the family sanitizer of […]

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  • October 9, 2020

    Offense of the Month, August 2020

    It’s been remarked (in these pages, at least) that the wages of giving offense are often worse than actual […]

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  • August 8, 2020

    Whether or not the spring and summer of 2020 will be seen in hindsight as a Great Tipping Point, it is already clear that we […]

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  • July 31, 2020

    Offense of the Month, July 2020

    Yoo hoo, it’s Yoho.

    This just in. I’m ripping up the lead on a piece about two sets of knuckleheads […]

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  • June 29, 2020

    Offense of the Month, June 2020

    I’ve generally used the Offense-of-the-Month space to highlight knuckleheaded instances of offensiveness: not usually premeditated, but ostentatious nevertheless, produced […]

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  • May 13, 2020

    At least four times a week for the past several months I’ve had phone calls from Robogal.

    “Hello, it’s Linda,” she begins, in her unvarying, always […]

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  • May 13, 2020

    Offense of the Month for January 2022

    By mid-April, according to NASA satellite images, Covid-19 has prompted a 30% drop in air pollution in the […]

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  • January 8, 2020

    Let’s get serious. For four years I’ve been commenting on a range of behaviors, most of them verbal outbursts, that everyone seems to agree were […]

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