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Molière than thou

Religious hypocrisy has been one of the lowest-hanging fruits for satire in the last few years: Think of those fervid denouncers of homosexual acts, like New Life Church pastor Ted Haggard, who were discovered to be clandestinely engaging in those very a
The master of mockery at Monmouth
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 20, 2012
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Profiles in frottage

Frottage, noun : masturbation by rubbing up against another person.
The EDC strikes out; 'A massage that went awry'; Refudiating Palin
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 30, 2010
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Trans fact

Aiden Quinn used to be a woman. Now he's a man. It's a titillating detail — but is it news?
When a person in the center of a media maelstrom has had a sex change, is it fair game for the press?
By ADAM REILLY  |  May 22, 2009
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A tragicomedy of errors

It was not until after George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were narrowly re-elected that many Americans began to realize that the Iraq War represented a dangerous moment in American history.
In an excerpt from his new book, The Fall of the House of Bush, author Craig Unger details how Bush is, well, screwing up the world
By CRAIG UNGER  |  November 20, 2007
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Backlash blues

Most big news stories fit the snowball metaphor, with an isolated fact or two slowly gaining significance and momentum over a period of days or weeks.
Will the Larry Craig scandal bolster anti-gay bias?
By ADAM REILLY  |  September 06, 2007
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Dance Monkey: Lizz Winstead

It will be called Harry Pott-him .
A visiting comic in the hot seat
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  July 16, 2007


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Holy War!

There’s no doubt about it: right now, God is on the side of the atheists.
A new army of atheists is taking no prisoners in its battle with God and his self-appointed faith dealers
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 06, 2007
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What’s the link between religion and sex scandals?

Does the heady scent of burning incense, the glow of blazing candles, and the moan of a church organ cause some to fall from the high ground of propriety, fidelity, and chastity?
Moral nation
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  January 03, 2007
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Goodbye, cruel America

Toward the end of 2006, we woke up to the glad news that Chile’s former strongman Augusto Pinochet had saved everyone the trouble of hanging his sickly carcass for war crimes and atrocities by dying of a heart attack.
An in-death eulogy for 2006
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  December 20, 2006
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My Ellen Willis

When I was a queer teenager in suburban New Jersey in the early 1960s, I decided that I wanted to be Susan Sontag.
Making sense of a woman who was always two or three steps ahead of the Zeitgeist
By MICHAEL BRONSKI  |  November 30, 2006
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Not that there’s anything wrong with that

Want to make the mainstream press squirm? Suggest that a major public figure is gay.
Big media’s big gay baggage
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 21, 2006


Until there’s nothing left of us

Hey, all you Maine Republicans wallowing in self-pity, after losing the election: snap out of it.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 15, 2006
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Windbags of change

Regardless of which major party sits astride Capitol Hill, Washington is a conservative city. Not in ideological terms, mind you.
A front-row seat at the midterm elections
By CHRIS LEHMANN  |  November 08, 2006
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Satire versus spoof

The American media have long pigged out on titillation and tragedy. And in After Ashley , Gina Gionfriddo has written a frighteningly funny work about that particular eating disorder.
Gina Gionfriddo’s After Ashley ; A.R. Gurney’s Screen Play
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 08, 2006