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Sex and the Single Armrest: Use of Personal Space During Air Travel

Studies using a questionnaire and direct observation were designed co explore the correlation between sex and territorial space on air­ planes. Results indicate that men, with or without control for size, had a much greater tendency to use the common armrest.

Just Desserts

When Solange, Miguel and I shared a chocolate dessert in Quito and spoke together, two of us in broken tongues, and my beautiful and self-confident daughter in two seamless languages, I knew my experiment in international living had been successful.

After All, He’s Just a Man

Was Mitch McConnell channeling Tammy Wynette last week? “Stand by Your Man” seemed to be the theme song of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. If you love him, you will be proud of him, because “after all, he’s just a man.”

When Lives are Taken, as in the Waffle House Killings, the Damage Lasts for Years.

I’ve eaten many pecan waffles or scrambled eggs with crisp, brown shredded hash browns at Waffle Houses during the 17 years I lived in Nashville. Never once did I think I had to look up from the Formica table in the booth of the red Naugahyde cushions to glance around for an automatic weapon.

A Bullet in the Brain

It was 5:20 AM Sunday and someone was banging on the door at my grandmother’s house in Beloit, Wisconsin, where I had come for a weekend respite from college. I stumbled out of bed with my slit eyes, grumbling to myself about inconsiderate people who don’t have the sense to let others get some much-needed sleep.

The Exceptional Executive

I wondered if I should mention to her she ought to lose those pounds she’s added recently. HR will just give me that sob story about how she’s going through hard times since her husband died.  Or was it her husband and her son? Some car accident.  Or maybe mountain climbing. But why is that MY problem?

Easter Defended

I was at a dinner party last week and sat next to a man from Bhutan, who had recently moved here for a six-month assignment at The Hodge Conjecture Think Tank in Flatbush.

Imperialistic Publishers

We have read your exhaustive and exhausting manuscript for the novel “Silas Marner” and we regretfully decline its publication. There are problems two numerous to enumerate in this shortly letter, but I feel it my duty as editorial spokesman to correct your literative and grammatical mistakes.

Narcissus and the Psychiatrist

A play based on Ovid’s story of Narccissus’s mother, Liriope, who asks a wise man if her son would grow old and he replied, “Yes, if he never knows himself.”