SATs, College, And "Books That Make You Dumb": The Politics Of Academic…

Sonia Sotomayor didn't do very well on the SATs, but she did really well at Princeton. Walter Kirn, whose experience was the opposite, wonders what this says about the way we measure "merit." » 7/07/09 5:40pm 7/07/09 5:40pm

When Dudes Read Elle

That crooked nose. That untamed hair. The enormous appetite. The hottest girl in the room isn't who you think. Why pretty isn't (always) sexy. Yeah, it's another Elle story about obsessive-compulsive appearance evaluation syndrome betraying just enough honesty to touch off a flurry of those "must flee this fucking… » 6/05/08 2:30pm 6/05/08 2:30pm

That 'Vogue' Writer With The "Son" In The Army? It's Actually Her…

Remember "Solider In The Family: Confronting A Son's Decision To Enlist"? The Vogue cover piece by that lady who learns the hard way that some people are in Iraq not because they are aggro rednecks but because it turns out making a living writing masturbatory pieces about your life isn't actually the inalienable right… » 9/28/07 3:30pm 9/28/07 3:30pm

Obsessing About The 'Elle' Body Obsession Issue

We actually empathize - to the extent that we are capable of empathy - with fashion magazines' obsessions with body obsession. [You mean now that we have experienced firsthand the sick thrill of the pageview climb we get from POSTING WHAT YOU FUCKING ATE TODAY? -Ed.] For one thing, they sell! For another thing, they… » 5/24/07 1:57pm 5/24/07 1:57pm