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JOANNA WEISS

Joanna Weiss write a column about culture, politics and society for The Boston Globe.

Articles by JOANNA WEISS

Commentary: In Ferguson, cameras led story Commentary: In Ferguson, cameras led story
3 weeks ago - - JOANNA WEISS
When President Obama made his uncomfortably cautious statement on Monday night about the grand jury decision in Ferguson, one line felt both characteristically detached and especially true. “There is inevitably going to be some negative reaction,” the president said. [Read More]
Commentary: 'Married at First Sight' and the power of marriage Commentary: 'Married at First Sight' and the power of marriage
23 weeks ago - - JOANNA WEISS
Grab the smelling salts, TV viewers! The latest reality series to make people apoplectic is called “Married at First Sight,” and it’s just what the title suggests: Three sets of strangers allow a team of experts to arrange them into marriages, for real and possibly forever. [Read More]
Commentary: The way to read a killer like Elliot Rodger Commentary: The way to read a killer like Elliot Rodger
28 weeks ago - - JOANNA WEISS
Elliot Rodger’s mother once suggested he become a writer, and if you read his sprawling autobiography, titled “My Twisted World,” you can see why. [Read More]
Commentary: The man who killed the SAT essay Commentary: The man who killed the SAT essay
40 weeks ago - - JOANNA WEISS
Les Perelman’s crusade against the SAT essay began in 2005. That’s when the new portion of the test was introduced: a 25-minute speed writing assignment, on such weighty-yet-vague topics as “philanthropy” and “progress,” designed to test high school students’ readiness for college. [Read More]
Commentary: 'Groundhog Day' as a romance Commentary: 'Groundhog Day' as a romance
41 weeks ago - - JOANNA WEISS
When I learned that Harold Ramis died last week, I reacted the way I’m guessing many others did: By queueing up “Groundhog Day.” [Read More]
Commentary: Kill germs? Plain old soap will do Commentary: Kill germs? Plain old soap will do
51 weeks ago - - JOANNA WEISS
“Spread Love, Not Germs.” That’s the headline on the website for Bath and Body Works’ antibacterial moisturizing hand soap — available in wild honeysuckle or vanilla berry sorbet — and the wording didn’t come about by accident. [Read More]
Commentary: The great divide over Thanksgiving Commentary: The great divide over Thanksgiving
55 weeks ago - - JOANNA WEISS
A few years ago, Doug Matthews, an insurance executive from New Jersey, posted a rant on Allrecipes.com about how holiday shopping had overtaken Thanksgiving. “Respect the Bird!” was his refrain, and he seemed to strike a chord ... [Read More]
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