A complaint about our student loan system.Dec 16, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 14 • By ALLAN CARLSON
IF A GOVERNMENT set out slowly to strangle the family life of its people, what would be the best tactic? One diabolical approach would be to saddle young adults in their early 20s with massive debt. Surely, this would delay marriages, as potential spouses shied away from this perverse form of anti-dowry. Even more surely, this tactic would push back childbearing for a decade or more, as potential mothers and fathers put off having children until their debt collectors were satisfied.
From the November 10 Washington Times: Dan Savage on sex (for it), conservatism (against it), and patriotism (surprise!).11:00 PM, Nov 12, 2002 • By DAVID SKINNER
Skipping Towards Gomorrah
The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America
by Dan Savage
Dutton, $23.95, 302 pages
THE AMERICAN SODOMITES have found their defender and his name is, appropriately, Dan Savage. In his day job, Savage writes a wonderfully lewd sex column in which he reports on a great variety of bizarre sexual practices with chilling and not-at-all self-conscious candor.
Paul Schrader's "Auto Focus" captures the life and times of Bob Crane, aka Colonel Hogan, all-around nice guy and sex addict.11:00 PM, Oct 31, 2002 • By VICTORINO MATUS
BEFORE I EVEN BEGIN my review, let me preface it by saying there's no way I can avoid the occasional use of explicit sexual language that may make some readers uncomfortable or upset. "Auto Focus" is, after all, about Bob Crane, and it doesn't exactly focus on the man's acting career, but rather on some of his more bizarre sexual habits. At this point, if you're still wondering who Bob Crane is and why you should care, there's probably no need for you to read on.
A group that promotes naked supermodels and beer drinking can't be all bad.12:00 AM, Oct 1, 2002 • By MATT LABASH
THE LAW OF AVERAGES dictates that if you spend enough time writing for a living, you will eventually make embarrassing disclosures about yourself. Here is mine: Of all the crank left-wing groups I am paid to periodically encounter, I've always harbored a secret soft spot for my friends at the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. This is not an easy admission. For the only thing I like better than eating meat once a day, is eating meat two or three times a day. If they made meat desserts, I'd push for four. Meat and I--we've had some great times together.
At Berkeley wild things are going on in a "Male Sexuality" class. Is this gambling in Casablanca?11:01 PM, Feb 21, 2002 • By LEE BOCKHORN
BY NOW, you're surely aware of the controversy that erupted at UC Berkeley last week over the school's student-taught courses on "Male Sexuality" and "Female Sexuality," sponsored by (of course) the Women's Studies department. Last semester's "Male Sexuality" course featured an orgy; a party game involving matching anonymous Polaroid shots of students' genitalia with the correct student; and a field trip to a gay strip club to watch course instructors strip and have sex.
Thirteen-year-old Lindsay Llarena is ready to graduate from the Clinton school of attack-dog ethics.11:01 PM, Jan 30, 2002 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
IT TURNS OUT that the politics of personal destruction does have cultural consequences.
As noted by Opinion Journal's Best of the Web, the January 29 edition of the Palm Springs Desert Sun featured an op-ed by a distressed 13-year-old named Lindsay Llarena. It seems that on January 8, a police officer who provided security for the local high school pleaded guilty to having sexual relations with a 17-year-old student.
After legalizing prostitution in Australia, the government is putting out a workplace safety guide.10:45 AM, Jan 28, 2002 • By ELIZABETH ROYAL
IN AUSTRALIA, the era of big government is alive and well. WorkCover, the official workplace safety group in New South Wales, Australia, is getting ready to release a set of guidelines aimed at improving the working conditions of women (and men) involved in the sex industry. "Getting on Top of Health and Safety" is loaded with tips and advice for New South Wales's finest prostitutes and state-licensed brothels.
Under the Disorderly Houses Amendment Act of 1995, Aussie sex-selling went legal.
A poor woman's Candace Bushnell makes a bad J.D. Salinger anthology even worse.12:01 AM, Oct 18, 2001 • By DAVID SKINNER
DESPITE HIS SAINTLY RETREAT from the dirty things of this world, J.D. Salinger remains ubiquitous and annoying. It's been thirty-six years since he published anything, but he is reportedly the object of homage in the upcoming Wes Anderson comedy "The Royal Tenenbaums." And only last year, Sean Connery played a Salinger knockoff in Gus Van Sant's "Finding Forrester." In that faulty production, the literary recluse is in hiding in an apartment in the Bronx.
In the months before September 11, some of the terrorists visited Sin City. It turns out that the "holy warriors" weren't so holy.12:01 AM, Oct 16, 2001 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
WHO CARES ABOUT a few strippers in the context of the slaughter of 6,000 innocent people?
Actually, the strippers--together with some booze, some hookers, and maybe even a little gambling that some of the hijackers enjoyed before September 11--could help the United States win one of the minor battles in the broader war on terrorism.
The Bush administration has gone to great lengths to reassure Muslims at home and abroad that the war on terrorism is not a war on Islam. It's a key distinction, and one the terrorists and their friends are trying to blur.
The surgeon general's farcical "Call to Action."Aug 6, 2001, Vol. 6, No. 44 • By ANDREW FERGUSON
OFFICIAL WASHINGTON is a city of the sly evasion, the artful misdirection—spin, we like to call it—but seldom of the outright misstatement. You don’t often see a public official rise in his official capacity to make an official statement that is flatly, demonstrably, unmistakably contrary to the world as it is. It just isn’t done, for heaven’s sake.
David Satcher, the surgeon general of the United States, held a press conference at the end of last month to issue a new report. Issuing reports is what surgeon generals do. Since his appointment by President Clinton in 1998, Dr.
After three good novels, Philip Roth reverts to his old sex-obsessions.Jul 2, 2001, Vol. 6, No. 40 • By J. BOTTUM
THIS WILL NEVER DO. You can measure the failure of Philip Roth’s latest novel, The Dying Animal, by the comments on the back cover. There’s the blurb from the Times Literary Supplement that acclaims Roth’s three prior novels for the "radical individualism" of which they were, in fact, the greatest denunciation recent fiction has produced.
Today's American male is distinctly boyish.Jun 21, 1999, Vol. 4, No. 38 • By DAVID SKINNER
Men without chests -- that was C. S. Lewis's striking description of graduates of the postwar English schools, with their faculties trained to dismiss the virtues of patriotism and piety. These Englishmen, Lewis worried, would become lifelong enemies of the sublime, unable and unwilling, when push came to shove, to defend themselves or their countrymen. American men, I am happy to report -- even the sensitive new age guys -- still have something of a chest, thanks to our enduring fitness mania. But have you noticed how bare those chests are?
The taint on a magazine's "greatest love stories."Apr 29, 1996, Vol. 1, No. 32 • By JAY NORDLINGER
IS IT WORTH remarking, at this late date, on the near-total acceptance of adultery in contemporary society? Or is it like noting that it is dark at night, or that the car has replaced the horse-drawn carriage? It seemed to happen so fast, really. One day, adultery was an acknowledged evil, a grave sin against God, outlawed by the Ten Commandments.