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American Family

Aisle View: Four Bites of the Apples

Steven Suskin | Posted 01.26.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

This is a portrait, in four slices, of an American family. Not a typical American family, mind you. These are upper middle class, New York liberals: Baby Boomers dealing with life, family, death, and politics sixty years after the Boom.

The American Family Is Queer

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 01.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

As AMC's Mad Men effectively dramatizes (in its subversion of 1950s norms), the conservative ideal of "the American Family" is, and has been, an oppressive, non-functional fantasy. Is this cause for alarm, as Republicans and the religious right suggest?

I Am White

Pedro C. Moreno | Posted 07.07.2012 | Latino Voices
Pedro C. Moreno

I would rather call myself an American. But if you press me, if you really want me to adopt a label, for the sake of equality and freedom I will tell you: I am white.

The All-New American Family

Marian Salzman | Posted 06.30.2012 | Home
Marian Salzman

The American family's structure is no longer a perfect slice of apple pie. We've got nests that are no longer empty as jobless millennials move back in with mom and dad and redefine our latest obsession with what it means to be "occupied."

The Long-Distance Family: New, and Made In America

Anastasia Rubis | Posted 02.08.2012 | Parents
Anastasia Rubis

My husband works two weeks per month in Eastern Europe. When I mention this to people, they give me the sad-eyed look. "It's fine," I say, and, really, it used to be more than fine: I was actually enjoying myself the first year.

American Revolution Stalled by Hulu.com

Pablo Andreu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Pablo Andreu

An American middle-class revolution stalled this weekend when millions of Americans got caught up watching their favorite TV shows on Hulu.com.

The Business of the American Family Is...

Marshall P. Duke | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marshall P. Duke

The major activity of the American Family appears to be "busyness." We do things. We don't just live in a family, we produce a family! We perform a family. Families simply must be -- or appear to be -- busy all the time.

The Real Shakedown

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

Pelicans are not the only ones endangered by corporate misadventures; the American family is, too.

America Without a Middle Class

Sen. Elizabeth Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Can you imagine an America without a strong middle class? If you can, would it still be America as we know it?

Causes of the Collapse

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Sadly, religion in America seems incapable of rising to the challenge of giving people inner contentment and pulling them away from insatiable materialism.