| Aug 31, 2011
| 4:06 PM
For the past two years, James Nasty has co-hosted the Physical Education dance party at Ottobar each Friday, spinning everything from Basement Boys to Future Islands. This Friday, Nasty will not only host TT the Artist’s birthday party at Ottobar,...
| Aug 1, 2014
I am not sure what this says about me, but if the apocalypse comes, and it's of the nuclear variety, I'm hoping to be atomized in a blinding flash of light.
If it's flesh-eating zombies, I'll run jugular-first into their teeth-gnashing embrace. If I...
| Apr 3, 2014
Academia has always been an easy target for mockery. Henry Kissinger observed that university politics are so vicious precisely because the stakes are so low, and one logical extension is that liberal arts departments are steeped in self-importance...
| May 19, 2014
| 4:58 PM
Trigger warning: I am going to make fun of "trigger warnings."
Of course, if you're the sort of person who takes trigger warnings very seriously, you probably don't read this column too often. So maybe my mockery will miss its target, sort of like...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 11:38 AM
Mireille Miller-Young, a feminist studies professor at UC Santa Barbara, has been charged with battery, vandalism and theft after she allegedly stole and destroyed the sign of an antiabortion protester on campus and then pushed and scratched the 16-year-...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 3:25 PM
Nelson Mandela, who died at 95 on Thursday after a long illness, was among the transformative figures of the 20th century. A moral leader who became a political leader, a prisoner of conscience turned secular saint, he also elegantly shaped and detailed...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 3:48 PM
The next winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature will be announced Thursday morning in Stockholm.
In the United Kingdom, where you can wager on such things, the betting money is on Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. As of Monday morning, the...
| Mar 22, 2013
| 7:35 AM
Nigerian-born author Chinua Achebe has died. The 82-year-old was best known for his gorgeously written historical novel that served as an indictment of colonialism, "Things Fall Apart." Published in 1958, "Things Fall Apart" soon became an international...
| Mar 23, 2013
JOHNANNESBURG, South Africa — When Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe was in college, a European professor assigned "Mister Johnson," which portrayed Africa as a land of grinning, shrieking savages. Time magazine called it "the best novel ever written...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 3:07 PM
Apparently, there is now something called "new adult" literature.
I know this because The New York Times told me so. They say that new adult books "fit into the young-adult genre in their length and emotional intensity, but feature slightly older...
| Mar 23, 2013
| 2:26 PM
I read a lot of books. You probably do too. That's why we meet in this space on a weekly basis. When we emerge from our solitary bubbles, we like to engage in a little fellowship with our fellow travelers. I keep that in mind when I consider every column,...
| May 31, 2013
| 1:30 PM
Friends are dress shopping in the novel "Americanah"; when they get to the register, the cashier asks which of two saleswomen helped them, but they're not sure. She lists numerous physical characteristics to identify the salesperson before giving up....