Helen Andrews

Diary

A virtual boomer book tour

Any time someone points out their faults, they start naming all the segments of humanity that the Sixties supposedly liberated

By Helen Andrews

Leave Aaron Sorkin alone!

“There’s no point in writing about someone unless they are flawed,” Aaron Sorkin said when he was asked about depicting Steve Jobs as a “flawed genius” in his script for the 2015 biopic. Apparently no one told Sorkin that this rule does not apply to beloved heroes of childhood classics. The estate of Harper Lee […]

By Helen Andrews

National Geographic’s race issue isn’t remorse. It is a publicity stunt

National Geographic’s National Geographic used to be a racist magazine, and to make up for it, they are devoting an entire issue to the subject of race. That is the logic outlined by editor-in-chief Susan Goldberg in her editorial introduction to the magazine’s April issue, which ran online this week under the blunt headline ‘For […]

By Helen Andrews

Art

You can’t stop the Zombie baby boomers of Rolling Stone

We were so close to getting rid of Jann Wenner. When his 51 per cent stake in Rolling Stone was put up for sale last year, it felt safe to assume that the new owners would gently ease out the man whose disastrous recent leadership brought the publication to the point where it needed to […]

By Helen Andrews

Art

The statue-topplers know not what they do

Ah, this will be about empire. So I thought when I saw that the small city of Arcata, California, has voted to remove the statue on their town plaza of President William McKinley. The United States had never possessed overseas colonies before McKinley. Every territory we acquired, we eventually brought into the republic with full […]

By Helen Andrews

When Facebook’s fact-checking rings FALSE

“To give one’s property to comedians is a great sin,” says Saint Augustine, as quoted by Aquinas under question 168 of Book II the Summa, “Whether There Is a Sin in the Excess of Mirth.” The scowling precisians at Snopes.com are apparently in agreement with the Bishop of Hippo on that one. Their site, which […]

By Helen Andrews

Why are young Americans having less sex?

Parson Weems, the popular author of the early American republic who invented the apocryphal story of George Washington and the cherry tree, achieved his greatest commercial success as a pamphleteer with Hymen’s Recruiting-Sergeant; Or the New Matrimonial Tattoo for Old Bachelors (1799). In this booklet, the amiable old clergyman suggested that young people ought to […]

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