A Sociologist Studied Christmas Gifts, and Here's What He Learned
December 16, 2013

Scholarly research makes it clear: Clothing makes the best gift of all

Conservatives Should Hate Santa Claus. He's a Bleeding-Heart Liberal.
December 16, 2013

He's a bleeding-heart liberal, obviously.

Who Cares if Santa Claus is Real? The Megyn Kelly Scandal Is About Race.
December 15, 2013

The brouhaha over Megyn Kelly's comments about Santa Claus continued this weekend with Kelly's astonishingly dishonest non-apology.

Europe's Most Racist Christmas Tradition
December 06, 2013

A blackface holiday in the continent's most famously tolerant country

What to Say If Someone Wishes You ‘Merry Christmas’
December 02, 2013

‘Tis the season to take umbrage. The notion that politically correct liberals want to stifle less ecumenical versions of seasonal greetings, such as, “Merry Christmas,” is a longstanding conservative trope.

I'm Sick of Other Holidays, but I Still Love Thanksgiving
It's still inclusive and noncommercial. Be grateful.
November 26, 2013

Be grateful! The most American of holidays, ironically, is the one that resists the commercialism, competition, and cutsiness of modern American life. 

My Holiday Plea: Stop Complaining About the Holidays
November 26, 2013

Every year, the holiday haters show up earlier and earlier.

From the Stacks: “My Life With R.H. Macy”
December 22, 1941
August 08, 2013

Shirley Jackson died 48 years ago today. In her honor, her sharp-witted reflection on working retail, as originally published in The New Republic.

Gerard Depardieu's Russian Citizenship Is a Passport to a Westerner's Playground
January 08, 2013

He gets all the benefits, without any of the drawbacks.

Current TV's New Owners Don't Need Ratings: They Have Money
January 04, 2013

After years of trying, Al Jazeera has finally bought a seat at the cable-television negotiating table.