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The Philosophical Comedy

Margot Best-Chetwynd

Somehow I kept reading or hearing about Heidegger, and when I hear the name Heidegger I always think of Heisenberg. And that started the ball rolling: There is a high-school philosophy teacher who is given to cyclical mood swings. The condition is one of those affective disorders in the bipolar family. Except instead of having only…

TfA Has a PR Problem

Does the press campaign again Teach for America show a serious split in the multicultural Left? (by Jane Weir) One day a headhunter in New York phoned me up to sell me a back-office job at an outfit called Teach for America. My first reaction was to gag. My knowledge of the organization was sketchy, but what…

A Note to the Reader (draft)

This is a proposed draft for the foreword of the regurgitated Teentime book. A Note to the Reader This is a memoir, and therefore somewhat fictionalized, like most memoirs. The action takes place more than forty years ago, but as most of the players were pretty young them, most of them are still alive. They will give me…

How Many Chillun You Got?

(Cannibalized by Popular Request. This appears in one of my older blogs, and is dated April 22nd, 2007. Still makes me laugh. Oboy oboy!)   How many chillun you got? That’s the important thing. That’s what all primitive people really want to know about you. They get to the point where they’ve figured out that…

Why Sacre-Coeur Is So Ugly

Is Sacre-Coeur really ugly? I always used to think so, coming into town on the Roissy Bus from CDG. Then I found out this is a common reaction. Adolf Hitler thought it hideous, a “mosque.” (Der Führer was of course an architect manqué.) Google the question and complaints are all over. Go ahead. Here is…

Profound Musings About Chick-Fil-A

(Adapted from a Facebook comment. I have never eaten at one of these franchises, beyond testing out their minimal concession at the NYU snack shoppe.) Chick-Fil-A must be the worst fast-food franchise name choice since Mahalia Jackson’s Dirty Rice. Unattractive, unmemorable, and a puzzle to pronounce. (Is it CHIK filla? Chick File-Uh? Chick File-Ay?) But…