Alexandra A. Petri

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Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

So what about the things that really scare us?


What Would Oscar Do?

Today is Oscar Wilde’s birthday. He would be 155 years old, and he would not be enjoying it very much. ...


Off the Books

Nobody reads anymore. It’s not that we’re illiterate. We’re just un-booked.

Hitting the Technology Wall

It’s going to happen any day now. I’m not talking about the day that the Mayans are supposed to return

Give Legacies a Chance

In the 1927 case of Buck v. Bell, Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes handed down the infamous ruling summarized in

What am I doing here?

So you’re here for prefrosh weekend. Someone just handed you this Crimson on your way to one of eight ice-cream

We Need to Talk

“Did you know that factory chicken farms—they keep the chickens calm by making them wear red contact lenses?” I muttered,

Demise of the Nerds

For generations, they have been vilified. Their lunches have been taken from them. Women have rejected them. In horror movies,

Fasting and Prayer

For Lent, I gave up going to church. It’s been a sacrifice. Now, when Sunday rolls around, I no longer

Save Saturday!

It’s Saturday, and I am writing this in Starbucks. I had to arrive early to fight my way to a

Generation Awkward

Kumquats. Ice dancing. Middle-aged people in love. College students who wear pantsuits. Addressing someone with the wrong gender. That guy

The Beginning of Wisdom

Benjamin Franklin once remarked that the beginning of wisdom is the knowledge of your own ignorance. This is no longer

No, We Can’t (Laugh)!

Obama isn’t funny. There, I said it. A fact that has been the elephant, or rather, donkey, in the room

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

The other day, a friend of mine made a heartfelt confession. I’d known it was coming, and I was prepared

Net Addiction

Hi, my name is Alexandra, and I’m a netaholic. In the course of writing this column, I have checked my