As on a darkling plain – Prozac and France

The Sea of Faith Was once, too, at the full, and round earth’s shore Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furled. But now I only hear Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar, Retreating, to the breath Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear And naked shingles of the world. Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach, [Read More…]

Spot the ghost in China’s material girls

Some boys kiss me, some boys hug me I think they’re O.K. If they don’t give me proper credit I just walk away They can beg and they can plead But they can’t see the light, that’s right ‘Cause the boy with the cold hard cash Is always Mister Right, ’cause we are Living in [Read More…]

Daily Beast: Bridezillas vs. old-fashioned ties that bind

And now for something completely different. Yes, I am about to praise an article published by The Daily Beast. Yes, I know this is a first-person article, written in a magazine-journalism style. Yes, I know that it is a work of advocacy journalism, one written by a scribe who describes her point of view as [Read More…]