Entertainment:[E1] Noah Charney has cracked the sitcom code. Is this the medium perfected, or the reason why sitcoms have become stale and unpopular?
[E2] It’s not just me: Anime really was great twenty years ago.
[E3] On paper, Sleepless in Seattle had serious problems. It’s a testament to the power of the Hanks-Ryan chemistry that it was as well-regarded as it was.
[E4] What’s up with the sucky state of American actors? Ah, well, as long as we can keep importing them, no biggie.
Health:[H1] I can definitely understand that there are safety concerns with this device, but as long as nutritionists are recommending diet and exercise I don’t want to hear arguments about efficacy.
[H2] Maybe it’s not soda and salty/sweet snacks after all.the thought here, but as a knuckle-dragging American I am vaguely disconcerted by the word “instructs.”
[H5] Aaron Carroll looks at some negative statistics for home births and takes the very sound view that rather than just discouraging them we ought to work to make them safer.
[H6] Do fetuses feel pain? It’s complicated.
[H7] Important for parents: What drowning does and doesn’t look like.
Love:[L1] How attention and social cues help us determine facial attractiveness.
[L2] Roberto Ferdman interviews Stanford sociologist Michael Rosenfeld about the success of online dating.
[L4] Huh. young couples are better at determining their partner’s preferences than long-term couples.
Marriage:[M1] There used to be concern that people were not waiting long enough to find a good mate. Now there is concern that they are waiting too long. staunch partisanship and fringy political views appear to make for happier marriages.
[M4] Self-selection for time horizons, I guess, but having a better credit score makes you a better marital bet.
[M5] Another shock: If you’re agreeable, attractive, and clean, you’re more likely to get married. The good news is that if you’re low in one, you can try to bone up on the other.
Children:[C1] What if parenting doesn’t really matter? It would be nice to let parents off the hook since so much of parenting is not controllable, but attributing family structure to selection raises a different breed of uncomfortable questions.
[C2] What if parenting doesn’t really matter? It would be nice to let parents off the hook since so much of parenting is not controllable, but attributing family structure to selection raises a different breed of uncomfortable questions.[C3] We have gotten this question in some pretty weird places. We don’t especially mind answering it, but there is a lot of speculation based on the little data the answer to the question provides.
[C4] We’re not yet having these discussions explicitly, but I feel like they’re happening non-verbally with increasing frequency.
[C5] Maybe it’s not a name your considering for your kid, but a brand!
Divorce:[D1] In Alternet, psychotherapist William Doherty questions his own historic assumptions and wonders if we approach divorce too selfishly.
[D2] Amanda Foreman takes a dour look at divorce and American culture, and the female experience within.
[D3] Bethany Mandel expresses her disapproval of The Divorce Selfie.
[D4] The Book of Life has a primer on how to break up with somebody. The “be cruel to be kind” is probably right.