Monthly Archives: November 2016

Facts to know before you face the committee

When the late poet Maxine Kumin had to defend her Radcliffe thesis, the committee asked questions about the thesis – “Amorality and the Protagonist in the Novels of Stendhal and Dostoevsky” – and also questions to test her general knowledge. … Continue reading

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a good apology to take you into the weekend

Is it time for some feel-good apology news? We think it is. Even if it is not the most TIMELY news. (Sorry. Your SorryWatch team has had other things on their minds.) On October 27th, actor Chris Hemsworth posted a … Continue reading

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I apologize for you taking this way too seriously!

A Facebook story!  Civil servant in small-town West Virginia refers to Michelle Obama as “a Ape in heels” [sic]. Mayor of said town replies to the post: “Just made my day Pam” [sic]. National outcry ensues. Civil servant is removed from her post. … Continue reading

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I saw what you did, lady

Hot summer afternoon in North Carolina. Rebecca Landis Hayes went to the grocery store. She spotted a parking space reserved for veterans, and pulled into it. She was just going to run in quickly, and it was hot. So she … Continue reading

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Where there’s mud, there’s fire

Sean Hannity. Who is this person? I hardly know. Because I avoid conflict. Because I am serenely deadheading the lavender and verbena. Because I try to alternate inhaling and exhaling in a calm way. Because I have never consumed any … Continue reading

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