Monthly Archives: December 2012

Liz Smith: Happy New Year!

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HAPPY New Year! An unnamed tutelary angel is called the Angel of Media. This angel became corrupted through “national bias,” or so it says in The Dictionary of Angels. Such a thought makes a lot of sense but an Angel of Media would be too cynical to react to “national bias.” He’d already know how […]

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Liz Smith: Guilty Pleasure

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“SURPRISES ARE foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable,” said Jane Austen. Well, I always hate to disagree with the usually astute Miss Austen, but sometimes surprises provide a lot of pleasure and no inconvenience at all. TAKE, FOR instance, the new Barbra Streisand/Seth Rogen comedy, “The Guilt Trip.” […]

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Dear Margo: When a Granny Doesn’t Like Her Grandchild

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: Jack Reacher

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“Timing is everything!” as a wise philosopher once said. And this seems to coordinate with events of late. The murder of 20 innocent children in Connecticut backed the Nation Rifle Association into a corner they will be wiggling to get out of. It didn’t help any that this horrible event happened just before Christmas. But […]

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Dear Margo: Jekyll-and-Hyde Roommate

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: Apocalypse

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“We didn’t predict this but we guarantee the world will end Dec. 21. Save money by not booking any holiday plans,” opined Al Jean, an executive producer of “The Simpsons” sometime back. The “Simpsons” episode called “Treehouse of Horror XXIII” caused lots of Facebook and Twitter furor after Marge and Homer did their segment on […]

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Dear Margo: Feeling Cut Off

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith on Texas

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“Amazing, nearly 120,000 Texans have already signed the petition to leave the union!” says one guy. “And here’s another group that’s petitioning the government … to expel Texas from the union …” says the other guy. “Hell, I’d sign that one. What’s the group?” asks the first guy. “Forget the Alamo!” says the last guy. […]

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Dear Margo: Season’s Greetings!

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: Holiday Funny Bone

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“TWO MONTHS after Mike Nichols and Elaine May arrived in New York, in 1957, their improv act was the toast of the town. Half a century has passed. But as Sam Kashner discovers, in an unprecedented joint interview, the celebrated director and screenwriter still crack each other up.” This, above, is the headline on an […]

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