Toilet humor in the New York Times

Dear New York Times Contributor, The next time you plan to renovate the only bathroom you have in your apartment, consider these options: 1. Please stay in a hotel; 2. Stay with friends/ neighbors/relatives; 3. Take a vacation and travel somewhere; 4. Did I mention – stay in a hotel? Whatever you decide to do,…

Four and twenty red winged blackbirds

“Get off my lawn” he screamed at me, and I could see he meant it.  Those may not have been his exact words, but there was no mistaking the hostility in his beady eyes and the way his face jutted out aggressively. I wanted to tell him that some people would say that the lawn…

Why Joel Stein will not apologize

There are a few things that stood out in Joel Stein’s Time article on the Indianization of Edison, New Jersey, his hometown : 1.   There is the casual, drive-by racism: One kid I knew in high school drove down an Indian-dense street yelling for its residents to “go home to India.”  In retrospect, I…