Halloween Is Manufactured Fear. Mexico's Day of the Dead Is All Too Real.
October 30, 2014

Even the harshest of realities—43 dead students—will not stop Mexicans from celebrating death this weekend.

Stop Treating Offensive Halloween Costumes as News
October 30, 2014

It's just bad, lazy, uninteresting click-bait journalism.

The Widow's Halloween
October 31, 2013

The pumpkin's hollow head returns her gaze;His yellow eyes are dancing in the flame.And she, she has him on her window sillWithin a draft that flickers on his brain. His jagged smile and diamond eyesAre mirrored in the darkened panes.Set to be seen,

The ‘Heroic’ Mayor and His Local Haters
December 14, 2012

And that food-stamps challenge? Yeah, not helping.

Boardwalk Vampires
November 16, 2012

The ghosts of Atlantic City have nowhere to hide.

"I Thought We’d Already Answered That Question": Will Politicians Keep Talking About Climate Change?
November 04, 2012

Sandy might mark the beginning of an important shift in the political dynamic around climate change.

A Guy, a Girl, and 366 Straight Days at Disneyland
September 14, 2012

When Jeff Reitz and Tonya Mickesh lost their jobs they made a vow: go to Disneyland every single day for the next year.

The Facebook Part of Your Brain
May 08, 2012

Why do I post my opinions online, day after day? Ostensibly it's to earn money to feed my family. But there are much easier ways to do that. According to a new study by Harvard psychologists Diana I. Tamir and Jason P. Mitchell published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (and written up in the May 8 Wall Street Journal), I suffer from a "species-specific motivation to share one's beliefs and knowledge about the world" that kicks in at about 9 months, which means I've been doing it almost 54 years.

Americans Refuse To Give Up The Ghost
October 31, 2011

Around the world, people today are celebrating Halloween with costumes, candy, celebrations of the strange and frightening, and this charming Google homepage. By tomorrow, though, costumes will be discarded, candy supplies diminished (and stomachs bloated), and pumpkins left on the stoop to rot until the neighbors complain. In other words, Halloween will disappear from most people’s minds until next October. But there’s a more serious side to Halloween: the persistence, around the world, of belief in the occult and the paranormal.