Kissing as an Olympic sport

by Richard Grenier -- I was how old? Fourteen? Fifteen? Anyway it was just enough to qualify for the New England swimming championships in Worcester, Mass., many years ago. I don't know more…

America's weighty problem

by Richard Grenier -- In November, you'll be able to see for yourself, because Playboy will have her right on the cover. Who? Chyna -- born Joanie Laurer. We can assume she's more…

Janet Reno, a.k.a. the Bunny Queen

by Richard Grenier -- The Bunny Queen was mad. Here she'd been as faithful as lagomorphically possible to her divine master during the whole Wen Ho Lee affair, and she said she more…

Happily married man

by Richard Grenier -- Jane Smiley has taken to the first line of the editorial page of the New York Times to celebrate the institution of divorce. The legal annulment of marriage more…

The last meow

by Richard Grenier -- Eighteen years is a long life for a cat. And it's an extraordinarily long life for a Broadway musical. Mind you, Broadway theatre critics didn't like "Cats" too more…

First millennium female Olympics

by Richard Grenier -- You knew it was coming! The women's Olympics! Oh, there'll be men in it; they're not that crazy. But at the first Olympiad of the millennium, in Sydney, more…

Russia After Kursk

by Richard Grenier -- Russia is in a state of moral turmoil not seen since the 1917 Revolution. The Czech uprising against Soviet rule in 1968 called forth an invasion of a more…

The dark Slav soul

by Richard Grenier -- For centuries the West believed Russia had a "dark Slav soul," a myth which took a long time to die and, perhaps, is not yet dead. The scholarly more…

What's a girl to do?

by Richard Grenier -- Now we have to be very fair about this. Before the GOP presidential convention was over, Mary Cheney, the attractive if boyish daughter of Dick Cheney, Republican candidate more…

Who needs a husband?

by Richard Grenier -- Something big is going on here. Shut up! I'll do the talking. The Time magazine cover this week is "Who Needs A Husband? More women are saying no more…