Columnists and Letters

My Night of Surprises with Frances McDormand and Shakespeare

It did not start out as a good night. my then-boyfriend Jonathan and I had fallen into a pattern of fighting — particularly about whether we were spending more social time with...

Kevin Phinney Finds A Meaning for Christmas All His Own

After a childhood of unhappy holidays, Kevin wasn’t sure why people people said that Christmas was for kids — until one child brought out the kid in him again....

Puppy Love Brings Wade an Unexpected Yuletide Gift

Wade is convinced Gary has gone too far with an unexpected holiday gift for his parents, but their reaction turns out to be the real surprise. “No!” I said to Gary and the dog...

Have You Met the Grinch? He Could Be Me, Says Metrosource Editor Paul Hagen

It was the Christmas season of 1990, and I was beginning to have my doubts about this whole Santa Claus situation. How is it, I wondered, that in movies about the North Pole, the...

Your Right to Choose: Can You Be Homosexual and Not Be Gay?

So what is gay, anyway? After being labeled as “bisexual” by an online assessment, I began to wonder: can you be homosexual and not gay?...

Binge-Watch Guilt: When Must See TV Becomes Too Much

After realizing that binge-watching television is leaving them exhausted, Wade and Gary attempt to unplug after 6pm — to mixed results. “Just one more?”Gary asked...

A Brief History of Exactly How Not to Lose Weight

After trying everything — including going through life with grab bag of low-calorie condiments — Kevin finally finds what he’s been hungry for… The quickest glance in...

How to Rub Editor Paul Hagen the Wrong Way

It was on an assignment nearly 15 years ago that I received my first massage. Reviewing a new spa, I was sent for a massage and facial. Though I had no other professional massage...

What Happens When Self-Expression Turns Domineering?

Kevin learns that, though interior design can be a wonderful way to let people know who you are, it can also be a way others try to keep you from doing so. I recall learning early...

DIARY: Don’t Tell Wade to “Dress His Age”

After Wade gets mistaken for an unexpected celebrity, he reflects on how his evolving relationship with fashion allowed him to take it in stride. I was about to cross a street in...

Paul Hagen Bridges the Divide Between Fear and Brooklyn

There’s something romantic about the idea of bridges. Like most great relationship stories, they are essentially about overcoming obstacles to bring people together. Recently...

FROM ROB: Passion Is Where You Find It

Our travel issue presents a great opportunity to think about the journeys we take — both those past and those still ahead of us. This is always one of my favorite issues,...