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I spent Christmas Day helping the homeless – and I was bored out of my mind

January 16, 2020 12:21 pm

I made the mistake of assuming that I would be greeted with beaming faces of gratitude

cressida bonas

Cressida Bonas: Everyone seems to have very strong opinions about my wedding

January 16, 2020 8:41 am

I always imagined I’d have a small wedding, until I realized our two families alone come to 120 people

family film

I’ve found the perfect family film (eventually)

January 9, 2020 10:59 am

Getting everyone to agree on a film to watch is always tricky in the Young household

gender reveal

Generation Gender Reveal — the weirdest fad of the 2010s

December 27, 2019 6:05 am

In the vacuous, conservative world of Instagram, it’s just easier to accept that the color pink is shorthand for femininity

chanukah

The hope of Chanukah

December 25, 2019 8:21 am

The Abrahamic family house has many mansions

brother

Christmas with my brother

December 24, 2019 7:22 am

Chris has been institutionalized since he was a teenager, either in hospitals or care homes

american english ‘OK, here it is, “Brexit” … Apparently it means “Brexit”…’

American English must be the most carelessly spoken and written dialect on Earth

December 17, 2019 5:12 am

Part of the problem is sheer mental and physical laziness

drugs

White Christmas: the magic of the festive drugs binge

December 17, 2019 4:44 am

Among partying druggies, the trust that has disappeared from every level of society is fully present

cinema room

How could any woman fail to be won over by my new cinema room?

December 12, 2019 9:29 am

‘No, thanks,’ my wife said, ‘I prefer the television’

porn

Let’s talk about porn

December 10, 2019 2:22 pm

The industry is rife with myths

utah

Let Utah be Utah

December 8, 2019 2:04 pm

I dig the Mormons and even pull for Brigham Young University’s football team

christmas cards

The unwritten rules of sending Christmas cards

December 5, 2019 9:21 am

We always write ‘we really must see each other next year’ and we mean it, although we won’t see each other ever again

bridge

Notes on…bridge

December 3, 2019 9:38 am

I am a very demanding partner and, sometimes, unpleasant competition

black friday

The Black Friday brawl is a precious national pastime

November 28, 2019 9:31 am

Participating in Black Friday is more American than participating in elections

thanksgiving

Digital media invented the Thanksgiving argument

November 27, 2019 8:35 am

It’s an apt strategy for pulling in some general-interest clicks

home

Is your home culturally insensitive?

November 18, 2019 5:01 pm

Keep your judgmental hands off my Japanese tea bowls

tiny rowland

The man with the inside story on Tiny Rowland

October 31, 2019 10:57 am

My dear friend Paul Spicer was the Lonrho boss' right-hand man and what stories he could tell

wansdyke

My journey to the heart of prehistoric England

October 31, 2019 10:35 am

I would be staying in this cottage in the shadow of Wansdyke to see if I wanted to rent it

emily post

How Emily Post taught the elite to greet

October 26, 2019 11:47 am

Happy birthday to the original mannered miss

joan collins

Joan Collins: why I love London taxi drivers

October 24, 2019 11:04 am

I confess I don’t walk if I have to travel more than a half-mile

fatherhood

Daddy issues: the fatherhood revolution has failed

October 23, 2019 8:22 pm

It would be hard to argue that today’s teenagers have emerged happier than the generation raised by distant dads

new york american

The differences between British and American readers

October 20, 2019 5:08 pm

The New York Times is the media institution that plays the most destructive role in American life

roy cohn

Why Roy Cohn is not one of the world’s most evil men

October 10, 2019 12:24 pm

He may have had a gruff exterior but I always thought he was gooey inside

batavia new york

I am a part of Batavia, New York

October 9, 2019 12:00 pm

My friend Henry W. Clune used to say that all he ever really wanted was to appear considerable in the eyes of his hometown

rednecks

Rednecks are the least racist people in America

October 5, 2019 11:56 am

I didn’t even know racism was a thing until I moved to New York and my socioeconomic betters told me so