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JOANNA WEISS

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

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Commentary: 'Married at First Sight' and the power of marriage Commentary: 'Married at First Sight' and the power of marriage
20 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
26 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
37 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
39 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
48 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
53 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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