Sara writes: My husband does stand-up and promised that he would never tell jokes about me onstage without prior approval. Then he told a fart joke during a set that my family attended. I had made sure there would be an audience for him, and he rewarded me with humiliation. He says that the contract was unenforceable because there was no sacrifice on my part. Typically a comedian’s contract with the outside world is that “funny” is more important than “maintaining human relationships.” They get to tell jokes about whatever they want, and their sacrifice is that they are unlovable. In this regard, your husband is correct: Without mutual sacrifice, his promise is not technically a contract but instead a simple, spoken agreement — one he could weasel out of with legalese. I order him to apologize and keep his day job. I suspect he’s a better lawyer than a comic. … [Read more...] about Judge John Hodgman on Joking About Your Wife’s Flatulence
“I will not surrender my heart,” the tenderly ferocious poet ire’ne lara silva has said. “I will not surrender my art. My poems and my stories are what I have to give in this world.” Here, in her invocation for the endangered axolotl — Ambystoma mexicanum, also known as the Mexican walking fish (which is an amphibian resembling a smiling, translucent salamander) — she praises the intrinsic healing power of beings, a power greater than all governments or public pronouncements. It’s the gentle force of organic, elemental restoration; the song that keeps people singing even when the news grabs them by the throat. Selected by Naomi Shihab Nye axolotl By ire’ne lara silva little warrior scarred how many regrown limbs how many repaired organs brain tissue created anew little warrior tender and soft and … [Read more...] about Poem: axolotl
‘We knew that something was bothering him, but we had no idea.” In August 2005, Michal Mintzer of Efrat, a mother of six children and a teacher at a girls’ high school in Gush Etzion, knew that her 17-year-old son, Sefi, was unhappy. The previous year, they had transferred him from the local Efrat yeshiva high school to a different institution in Jerusalem, hoping that the change of scenery would help, but he remained unsettled.Mintzer recalls the phone call she received one afternoon late that summer from an anonymous caller. Read More... var cont = `Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>> Tags: Israel LGBT orthodox jews … [Read more...] about Israel’s LGBT Orthodox Community: Living in two worlds
“You have a mass in your chest, near your lung,” the voice on the phone said. The 71-year-old woman listened quietly as her doctor explained what the CT scan showed. The doctor suggested that she see a chest surgeon to figure out what it was and what they should do about it. The woman wasn’t surprised to hear that she had a mass. That’s why she went to see her doctor in the first place. Weeks earlier, when she was rubbing her chronically aching back, she noticed that there was a subtle bulge between the next-to-last rib on her right side and the rib just above it. The mass felt hard, almost as if she was growing a new rib. And then it just kept growing. She went to see her doctor when the bulge was the size of an apricot. [ Watch ‘Diagnosis,’ a new show from The Times and Netflix .] Her doctor ordered a chest X-ray. The woman was puzzled when her doctor called to tell her that the X-ray was completely normal. But when a physician assistant she … [Read more...] about The Unusual Tale of the Roaming Gallstones
Politicians have been looking to harness the power of the pop-culture celebrity since, at the very least, 1920, the year Warren G. Harding enjoyed the support of the actors Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, the backing of the Chicago Cubs and a campaign song by Al Jolson (“We’re here to make a fuss!/Mister Harding, you’re the man for us”). Evidence of the actual impact of such endorsements remains mixed — it all seems highly dependent on the circumstances. But the quest to translate celebrity allure into cold, hard votes seems almost irresistible. This August, Bernie Sanders’s campaign released two separate videos made in conjunction with pop-culture figures. One had Sanders in conversation with a longtime surrogate, the rapper Killer Mike, but it’s the other that drew more attention. In that one, the candidate sits across from the 26-year-old star Cardi B in a nail salon in Detroit. Sanders wears a navy suit and his signature hunch. Cardi … [Read more...] about What Can a Star Like Cardi B Do for a Politician Like Sanders?