Alexandra Petri

07/31/2014 - 8:45pm

    You need to stop sending your kids to Ivy League schools.

    In brief, according to an article in the New Republic by William Deresiewicz, who taught at Yale for 10 years, the students who are sent there are conformist, over-privileged overachievers. They emerge from homogeneous backgrounds and grow up to be elitist...

04/27/2014 - 11:46pm

    To paraphrase Sean Hannity, we're getting awfully far away from the tortoise.

    You know that it is a slow week for news when the big story is that a man who thinks he should be allowed to let his cattle graze harmoniously for free on protected federal lands might...

04/13/2014 - 8:31pm

When something awful happens, it is easier not to stare directly at it. Instead, we focus on the things around the edges. What did the neighbors hear? How was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?

    And these days, those edges include What Happened On Social Media afterward. What did they tweet?...

04/13/2014 - 8:28pm

    The news that Stephen Colbert will be taking over "The Late Show" desk from David Letterman led Rush Limbaugh, noted comedy expert, to describe this as a sign that "CBS has declared war on the heartland of America" and that "no longer is comedy going to be a covert assault on traditional...

04/07/2014 - 2:04am

    Dave Letterman is retiring from "The Late Show," leaving the chair vacant.

    Wouldn't it be neat to put a woman in that chair?

    No.

    First off, women are not funny....

04/03/2014 - 12:11am

    Congratulations, Oculus! The virtual reality company managed to get itself purchased by Facebook before producing the first consumer version of its product.

    "I'm impressed; usually forms of media have to come into existence first before they are taken over...

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