Why Millennials Are So Self-Centered

Time magazine put our adult children on its cover last year and dubbed them “Generation Me, Me, Me.” In response, some critics noted that several generations — notably baby boomers — could also wear the “all about me” tag. Not so, argues Jean Twenge, a San Diego State University psychology professor. She cites dozens of research studies to make her point that millennials do indeed deserve the “Generation Me” label. That just happens to be the title of her book. …

Archie: The Demise of America’s Oldest Teenager?

Can it be true? Is Archie Andrews really going to die? Archie, the comic book icon in the Riverdale High letter sweater, has been hanging out with best buddy Jughead Jones at The Chok’lit Shop and struggling with the Betty-or-Veronica quandry for more than seven decades. But now comes word that Archie is headed for that great malt shop in the sky. Archie Comics, the publisher of his adventures, has announced that he will “sacrifice himself heroically” while saving the life of …

Bridget Jones Is 51: Older, But Any Wiser?

Bridget Jones, our favorite bumbling thirty something singleton is back, though now she’s 51 and a widowed mother of two.  Helen Fielding’s third Bridget novel, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, is out tomorrow, 17 years after the first, Bridget Jones’s Diary, became the chick-lit blockbuster of 1996.  Back then Bridget was preoccupied with finding a boyfriend, losing weight, quitting smoking and hopelessly striving to develop “inner poise,” in the way of Tina Brown (“though not, obviously, quite so hardworking” she wrote in her …

The “Overweight Sensation” That Was Allan Sherman

I may be a goyische shiksa, but I know from Yiddish. That fact has flummoxed more than one Jewish friend in my life. “Where did you learn to say ‘Gotenyu’ ['for God's sake']?” someone will ask. The simple answer: I learned it from one of my oldest friends and mentors - a self-professed “Brooklyn boy” whose ancestors fled Russian pogroms to make their fortunes in America. My Brooklyn friend was born in 1948 – two generations too late for shtetl-speak, but right on time for …

Wild Rumpus!

Maurice Sendak, children’s book author and illustrator, best known for his work “Where the Wild Things Are” has died at age 83. Sendak was also known for several other books, including “In the Night Kitchen” and as a theater set designer. His books have become a staple of childhood reading for nearly 50 years. “Where the Wild Things Are” was published in 1963. Since then, children across the world have read the handful of sentences that tell the story of …