On Comedy: The Science of 'Too Soon'

In general, there are few things less funny and interesting to talk about than the science and psychology of humor. While there have certainly been some insightful and captivating think pieces on humor over the years (my friend and colleague Lindy West's being chief among them), most reflections on the topic tend to… » 3/06/14 3:00pm 3/06/14 3:00pm

A Case For Choosing Words Carefully When Remembering Michael Jackson

It's been one week since Michael Jackson's death, and in the ensuing 7 days, friends and fans have been everywhere, expressing both admiration and grief. However, such talk about how Jackson "touched" people could be misconstrued, considering recent, controversial history. » 7/02/09 8:00pm 7/02/09 8:00pm