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Kevin Smith and MeMe Roth

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On February 18, 2010
I have a piece in The Daily Beast on the Kevin Smith Southwest Airlines incident. What happened to Smith, who was apparently aribtrarily thrown off a flight for being too fat, is the kind of humiliating incident to which bigger than average people are subjected to constantly. Some day they’re going to start getting mad. […]

Profiles in something

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On February 17, 2010

Jon Chait takes an amusing tour of Harold Ford’s fantasy world. Ford’s level of whorishness is almost weirdly admirable — there is apparently nothing he won’t say or do in his

Having spent the better part of a decade now listening to people patiently explain why it’s a good thing to pathologize the bodies of 71% of the American population in order to improve their health (68% of adults are supposedly “overweight” and “obese,” and another 3% are “underweight”) I’ve been struck by a number of […]

Changing minds

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On February 11, 2010

Alan Wolfe has an thought-provoking review of Thomas Sowell’s latest book. I am not in the conversion business, but I have changed my mind more than a few times in the forty or so years that I h

The body politic

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On February 11, 2010

Thoughts on Michelle Obama’s dream of a nation with no fat kids. I’m going to be on the Diane Rehm show on NPR at 10 AM eastern to talk about this. Update: Shorter Diane Rehm Show Me: The

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J.D. Salinger

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On January 28, 2010

J.D. Salinger’s son has announced that his father has died. I’m not familiar with most of Salinger’s work, but I recently had a striking experience with The Catcher in the Rye. I rea

Obama to ask Congress to repeal DADT

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On January 27, 2010
CNN is reporting that Obama will ask Congress to repeal the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell legislation. Of course “asking” could mean everything from making this a legislative priority to engaging in a largely empty symbolic gesture. Given that Obama almost certainly has the authority to stop discharges based on sexual orientation by issuing an executive […]
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