Crucial Minutia
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Punch-for-Punch is a weekly column about the brutality, pressure, and sublime joys of being and becoming a man in our society. Ethan Todras-Whitehill will draw on his experiences, those of his friends, movies, music, television, and the work of psychologists and philosophers in his search to understand modern manhood. This column is part of the research for his new book, which is currently in its short-pants/girls-have-cooties phase of development.

He’s the DJ, I’m the Ranter. Thoughts on what’s wrong and what isn’t. Daniel May’s semi weekly musing on politics, art, and other things that make the world go round. This column appears every other Monday.

Composing a Life is a weekly column about the overwhelming and underdiscussed task of, well, living. Courtney E. Martin looks at such issues as work/life balance (a term she detests), health care, the dwindling role of ritual in our modern culture, philanthropy, freelancing, community, and the benefits of getting stupid with your friends. She filched the title of this column from Mary Catherine-Bateson.

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up. The world’s most expensive pizza costs $4,201.31. Tall people tend live longer than short people. A toilet paper thief was apprehended yesterday in London. In our bizarro world, who needs fiction? Kate Torgovnick investigates.

Beauty in a Wicked World is about bringing pleasure to your senses. Jennifer Gandin Le will give you reasons why the world isn’t completely doomed to hell in a handbasket just yet. “Nothing is more powerful than beauty in a wicked world.” —Amos Lee.

What’s going on with those Kidz Today? Each week, Joie Jager-Hyman will address a different issue pertaining to youth culture, education, and public policy. The goal is to critically examine all the hot-button issues—from affirmative action to violence in schools—and how what happens today will impact the values, concerns and capabilities of the next generation.

Therapy Thursdays is a weekly column about all the ways in which we try to heal ourselves and our relationships. Every Thursday for two years in a row, Kimberlee Auerbach went straight from individual therapy to couple’s therapy. She wouldn’t be able to make through a spinning class, but throw into her session where she gets to talk about emotions and dynamics and she could last longer than the Energizer bunny. In this column, she intends to interview health care professionals, therapists, healers, workshop leaders and the average man and woman in his or her search for self-discovery and happiness.

All The World. Are we merely players in this world, with exits and entrances and several roles to play? What will be the last scene of all that ends this strange eventful history? Turn here for dialogue on and off record, as Cristina Pippa serves as your source of overheard conversations and scripted answers to life’s most pressing questions.

National Pastimes is a column about American addictions—politics, movies, TV, gasoline, shopping, lies and baseball. Every week, Theo Gangi talks about national obsession, and the root causes, undercurrents and trauma that make us susceptible fiends.

Stakes is High is a weekly column about pop culture, politics and the points of intersection between the two. Felice Belle will examine why a nation at war needs to believe in both Barack Obama and Britney Spears. She is eagerly awaiting a Native Tongues reunion tour.