Today's Five Best Columns
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Apr 10, 2013 12:48PM ET
If Twitter is the new résumé, will any of us ever have a job? Or will we just stop wanting to tweet?
Apr 10, 2013 10:19AM ET
What is the gift you can give to someone who has everything, including insomnia? The gift of sleep, of course. But it won't be cheap.
Apr 9, 2013 4:55PM ET
Beth Reekles has a three-book deal with Random House, is working toward her physics degree, and is 17 years old. What have you done lately?
Apr 9, 2013 12:49PM ET
There is a change in the venerable Scripps National Spelling Bee, which will take place May 28 to 30 near Washington, D.C. Spelling is not enough. There's a vocabulary portion of the competition, now, too.
Apr 9, 2013 11:39AM ET
The desire comes around at a certain time of year, when it's just starting to get nice, when the office workers of America and beyond have been cooped up for too long, too long, in the too-hot or too-cold confines of their offices. Working outside! Can we work outside today?
Apr 9, 2013 8:22AM ET
Blair Koenig is the 30-year-old Brooklynite behind the four-year-old blog STFU Parents, which is now also a book. I talked to Koenig about what it's like to see her Internet baby grow up into print.
Apr 8, 2013 1:08PM ET
The most powerful state of emptiness in the written word is the humble space. Let us pause and honor it for a moment, as this particular moment provides us with yet another reminder of why we need the space so.
Apr 8, 2013 9:01AM ET
Mad Men is back, and the season premiere did not disappoint. As for the women, as Don and Roger flail, Peggy and Megan — and maybe even Betty — have changed, with professional successes for the former, and at least a hint of happiness for the latter.
Apr 5, 2013 3:41PM ET
Winter. She's gone, right? She's left us be, and in her stead, here is intelligent, gentle, nurturing, witty, beauteous, sun-on-your-face, breezes-in-your-hair, delightful Spring.
Apr 5, 2013 9:47AM ET
There's some very exciting news for Y.A. readers and nostalgists today. Via a new imprint, Lizzie Skurnick Books, an array of long-forgotten reads from the '30s to the '80s will be back.
Apr 5, 2013 9:35AM ET
Will women ever stop giving unasked-for advice to other women about when to get married? And why do we insist on engaging in this cycle? A reflection on the end of the sad "Princeton Mom" meme.
Apr 4, 2013 4:31PM ET
As we ping-pong temperature-wise on the East Coast between winter and spring, spring books are arriving, regardless of the weather. Here are a few we can't wait to dive into.
Apr 4, 2013 10:25AM ET
Pens, wonderful pens, are still making a statement in this age of the Internet and the iPhone. Inspired by the CEO and president of Montblanc, we investigate possible pen-types, and what those pens might declare about their owners.
Apr 4, 2013 8:23AM ET
Linguist, lexicographer, and self-professed word nerd Ben Zimmer takes in an admirable amount of information daily, across all forms of media, new and old. It's not just about words.
Apr 3, 2013 3:52PM ET
A long, long, long time ago (like, last year) I wrote an obituary for the word artisanal. It seemed high time to declare it dead and get on with our lives. And yet, it has become clear in the months that have followed that artisanal is not dead. Artisanal may, instead, be undead.
Apr 3, 2013 10:58AM ET
Drinking in the office is really not all it's cracked up to be. Drinking in the office sort of sucks, and not only because none of your coworkers are Roger Sterling and Don Draper.
Apr 3, 2013 7:48AM ET
Maureen Johnson, the Y.A. novelist whose latest book, The Madness Underneath, was released in February, provides regular dispatches to 75,000-plus followers via her "main thing online," Twitter.
Apr 2, 2013 1:25PM ET
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and today marks the kickoff of a new program focused on Laurie Halse Anderson's classic Y.A. novel Speak, which tells the story of a high school girl coping in the aftermath of being raped.
Apr 2, 2013 11:04AM ET
The 212 area code is under attack! Those three little numbers may not be the perfect piece of Manhattan ownership you thought they were.
Apr 1, 2013 3:35PM ET
A lengthy piece at Slate today by Matthew J.X. Malady delves into the question of why we humans insist on taking such pleasure in hating words so vociferously. But maybe we just hate words because it's fun.
Apr 1, 2013 1:58PM ET
Is it a day of unrelenting pain, or 24 hours of pure delight? Are the naysayers missing the point, or are the pranksters to be condemned? We discuss, in another round of Cocktail Crossfire.
Apr 1, 2013 9:33AM ET
It may be the chorus most heard in these modern times: technology and the way we use it has killed etiquette entirely. (Thank you?). Fortunately, the good people at the New York Times have set to work debunking this theory. Etiquette is everywhere. Is it still etiquette, though?
Mar 29, 2013 3:19PM ET
This Sunday is Easter, which brings up all sorts of important religious, metaphysical, emotional, whimsical, rhetorical, and candy-based questions to mind. For the purposes of this piece, we will focus on questions of Peeps.
Mar 29, 2013 11:58AM ET
Many of us are desk-eating experts, eating at our desks not once or twice or thrice a week, but every single day. Some of us even prefer it that way. But how do you desk-lunch better? Like so.
Mar 29, 2013 9:37AM ET
The new, new state of retirement, Dawn Wotapka writes in the Wall Street Journal, sounds more like a dream vacation, or heaven-on-earth, than it does the old-world retirement communities, with boring food and more boring aesthetics.
Mar 28, 2013 5:19PM ET
Updates to dictionaries take place regularly enough that it seems like someone is always grumbling over this word or that phrase being included in the most esteemed place we think of words existing. But sometimes the lexicographers themselves are surprised by what they find.
Mar 28, 2013 2:34PM ET
Suddenly, it seems like gay characters are everywhere in young-adult literature. How well is Y.A. doing at reflecting the current state of teen culture with regard to LGBT issues, and how far need we still go?
Mar 28, 2013 10:47AM ET
Time's new covers are great, but that we need them, regardless of the progress that's been made, means gay marriage hasn't, in fact, quite "won" yet. It won't have won until marriage is legal for same-sex couples throughout the U.S., and recognized federally, too. It won't have won until "gay marriage" is no different than any marriage.
Mar 27, 2013 12:03PM ET
In the New York Times today, Leslie Kaufman takes on the new proliferation of books about bullying in the Y.A. and children's markets. There are more, yes, but they are also different.
Mar 27, 2013 9:39AM ET
Remember the old aphorism that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery? It's not so pleasant when it happens to you! Or at least that seems to be the thinking of a lot of New York City chefs who've found themselves "ripped off," cuisine-wise.