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BY LENORE SKENAZY Congratulations, you’re going to have a baby! Would you like to know if, 50 years or so down the line, he or she might develop colon cancer? And by the way, the baby may also have a slightly increased risk of Alzheimer’s. Would you like to know about that, too? Oh, and […]

BY LENORE SKENAZY Playboy magazine used to be the illicit thrill that men of all ages hid in their sock drawers. Now it is more like the socks. Even though the magazine recently decided to add naked ladies back into the mix (no nudes, it seems, was bad nudes), it is still hard to get […]

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It isn’t secret that America loves to send people to prison. We have five percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of its prisoners – which is odd for a “Land of Liberty.” Lately it has become common to attribute our mass incarceration to the war on drugs. The conversation goes like this: “Why […]

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BY LENORE SKENAZY If anyone could lay claim to the excuse, “I’m not fat — I’m big boned,” it’s the Titanosaur on view at the Museum of Natural History. This creature has a thigh bone 8-feet tall. Taller than Shaq! That’s not just a big bone — it’s the biggest bone in the biggest dinosaur […]

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BY LENORE SKENAZY When you go to the periodontist for oral surgery and all you’re worried about is the potential pain, you may forget to ask whether you will spend the next couple of weeks looking like a chipmunk beaten up by a gang of biker squirrels. Or at least I forgot to ask. So […]

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BY LENORE SKENAZY It seems like arguing — screaming, shouting or at the very least, extreme eye-rolling — is right up there with eating breakfast these days. Wake up, brush your teeth, glance at the latest news and … explode! Jeanne Johnson was sick of it. Johnson is a mom of two in Ridgewood, New […]

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BY LENORE SKENAZY Ever wonder where our obsession with child predators began? The answer just might be at the movies. And “M” is the picture that started it all. What a creepy film. It opens with a mother puttering around the kitchen, waiting for her daughter to come home from school. We see the clock […]

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BY LENORE SKENAZY The shower is where America does it — in private, with no one judging, just because it feels good. I’m talking about singing, of course, that once-universal pastime that uplifts the soul, re-boots the body, and doesn’t demand a monthly fee. So why aren’t we singing all the time? In “La La […]

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BY LENORE SKENAZY Remember the bad old days when a rape victim would show up in court and the defense attorney would say, “Why was her skirt so short?” As if the woman caused her own rape. Only gradually did it dawn on us what was really going on: We were blaming the victim.  Basically, […]

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By LENORE SKENAY To celebrate the opening of the Second Avenue Subway, we have commissioned the first New York Guide to Subway Jargon. Here it is — after 98 years in the making! Sick passenger (noun): Patently lame excuse for lateness. “I meant to call you on your birthday, but there was a sick passenger on […]

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