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Entries by Nick Kolakowski from 05/2012

Embrace Your Alma Mater, No Matter Where You Went

| Posted 05.03.2012 | College

A party attended by intellectuals sometimes descends into the verbal equivalent of a thermonuclear war, one in which the combatants seem determined to transform their rivals into stammering, apologetic poseurs before the hors d'oeuvres are even served.

The Art of Passionately Hating at Least One Classic Author

| Posted 05.15.2012 | Comedy

Not that you need to unleash your inner Conan the Barbarian to make a point about literature. But given how intellectuals inevitably harbor well-tended lists of likes and dislikes, not confessing a deep hatred of, say, John Milton's poetry will compel other learned types to view you with suspicion.

Cast LOL and Emoticons From Your Lexicon

| Posted 05.23.2012 | Comedy

There is a very special place in hell reserved for whoever created the emoticon. Nor can we blame the scourge solely on text messaging and e-mail: as far back as the 19th century.

Follow Museums Like Others Follow Sports Teams

| Posted 05.30.2012 | Arts

Like sports teams, many of the major museums live and die by their seasonal lineup. A series of good shows attracts paying visitors, and generates the buzz that draws headlines, sponsorships, and donors.