September 08, 2015 Archive September 2015

Joan Didion vs. mythic America: The evolution of a literary legend

Fall TV Preview: Mondays bring the return of Minnesota gothic, the debut of "Supergirl" and a singing, dancing, musical comedy

Decoding the Southern belle: "I have always thought of Southern belles as a super-elite task force of lethally disciplined femininity"

I had to be high to work at Hooters: Boobs, binge eating and men's wandering hands

Stephen Colbert takes over "The Late Show" tomorrow: Here's everything we know about his new tone and style

How open marriages really work

Insane or Inspired: Jack Kerouac

Stephen Colbert can save us from Trump -- but we all must mock this bozo

5 worst right-wing moments of the week -- Ted Cruz makes a martyr of Kim Davis

Down syndrome, the "new front in the abortion wars": What ABC Family's "Switched at Birth" gets right — and wrong — about families like mine

Rick Scott's shameless Planned Parenthood deception: How Florida Republicans tried to bury exonerating evidence

Fall TV Preview: Tuesdays bring a murderous sorority, Muppets and the slow path to the atomic bomb

"You're dead wrong": Gavin Newsom calls Mike Huckabee out for "trolling" him on same-sex marriage

How Walmart keeps giving its workers the shaft — and fuels America's inequality epidemic

The GOP's new assault on women's health: Nationalizing Texas' draconian policies

Charles Manson revisited: What drew Reagan-era bands like Sonic Youth to the seediness of all things Manson?

"A human rights failure of tragic proportions": Europe's disgraceful response to the refugee crisis

America demonizes its poor: Ronald Reagan, Sam Brownback and the myth of the "welfare queen"

We have the gig economy all wrong: Here's how we reinvent the organization man in the Uber-age

When a government scientist's findings stood in the way of Arctic drilling

Comedian Josh Androsky is raising money for Planned Parenthood by trolling Ted Cruz on Twitter

Donald Trump is our creepy new face of demagoguery

Donald Trump, realist: He's talking more sense than the GOP's foreign policy extremists

"Our robotic usurpers are already here": Reality is scarier than "Humans"

Twilight of the War on Drugs: Why America might finally accept full decriminalization — and why David Simon worries it won't

Robin Williams’ daughter shares powerful message about depression: "I live my sadness every day, but I don't resent it anymore"

Dick Cheney's despicable alternate history just got even worse

Paul Krugman: Donald Trump is right — on economics, at least

John Oliver delivers a perfect 4-minute back-to-school lesson to save high schoolers a year of classes

Stephen Colbert’s late night competitors give him advice: “Be careful what you Tweet"

Carly Fiorina declares war on Mitch McConnell and John Boehner: GOP hopeful calls on leadership to step down

Moral panic on "Fox & Friends": Tennessee schools are actively indoctrinating 7th graders into Islam

Damon Wayans defends his "un-rapeable" Cosby defense: "Stop twisting my words"

Ted Cruz wants to be a martyr: What's really behind his doomed Planned Parenthood shutdown fight

The man who could save late-night: How Stephen Colbert could succeed where Jimmy Fallon has failed

Chris Christie's vile new low: Blaming President Obama for police deaths

"Trainspotting 2" is a terrible idea: Some movies aren't meant to become franchises

The new charter school scheme: This is how GOP and privatizers have bled Pennsylvania schools

Congress ignored Meryl Streep’s plea to revive Equal Rights Amendment: "I got five answers"

Judge orders Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis released now that deputies are issuing same-sex marriage licenses

The new Common Core lie: Parents who opt out are not the problem

A white poet, a Chinese name, and yellowface in "Best American Poetry": As "Yi-Fen Chou," a white writer toys with a racial history he obviously doesn't understand

Anti-war demonstrator interrupts Dick Cheney's warmongering Iran speech: "Why should we be listening to him?"

Hillary's "I'm a real person" rebrand: Why her latest recalibration is self-defeating

"Dear Fat People" isn't satire: Despite the backlash publicity, it's unlikely to make Nicole Arbour a star

Ray Kelly has no shame: Ex-NYPD chief turns demagogue to thwart #BlackLivesMatter

Stop mocking how Kim Davis looks: Criticize her actions, not her weight, hair or clothes