This past week, my youngest brother came to visit me. His real name is Cuyler, but everyone calls him Bob (for some reason, no one in my family goes by their real name). Bob is 18 now — a solid ten years younger than me — but we’ve always been pretty close, and it was awesome to see him after a couple months of living so far away from each other. Hanging out with my not-so-little brother for a week, I realized that even though I’m the one who’s prone to big sisterly lectures, Bob has probably taught me way more about life than I’ve taught him. Here are five of the best lessons I’ve learned from him over the years… Keep reading »
It strikes me as interesting that a short but sweet essay on the benefits of having a sister, called “Why Sisterly Chats Make People Happier,” has been one of the most popular articles on The New York Times website for over a week. The essay is in response to a recent Brigham Young University study which claims that men who have sisters are happier than those who don’t. The essay’s author, linguist Deborah Tannen, expands the discussion to theorize that this is because women, and thus sisters, are more talkative, so they are better at communicating … Keep reading »
In a dream world, where my uterus wasn’t running out of time, childbirth was painless, and kids behaved like angels, I would have four kids: three girls, one boy. Unfortunately, in the real world, my son, having grown up surrounded by girls, would be viewed as “less sexy” by women as an adult. That’s according to a study conducted at the University of Texas and published in the journal Psychological Science, which says that men who grow up with a lot of female siblings will have less sex as adults. Keep reading »
My big sister’s favorite game to play with me as a child was a simple one that I’ll just call “Lure John into the dark basement, then race up the stairs and lock the door.” It was a game that I always lost, and she always won. I’d beg her to open the door, and she’d just cackle. My sister had a wicked snicker. She wasn’t sadistic. This was just the law of the jungle. The price I paid for her not smothering me in the cradle. The door would eventually open like her arms and her laughter would be a sprinkler on a summer day, soaking us both. So we’d both end up laughing, and there would be no grudges. Because there really aren’t any grudges between brothers and sisters. Brothers and sisters are as close as peanut butter and jelly. Keep reading »
You’ve survived Black Friday and the post-Thanksgiving work week, but there’s more shopping to do and, because we live in America, we’re lucky that many malls contain this magical relaxation device called a “movie theater.” Sure, not every movie is relaxing, but the act of movie-going and the traditions that go along with it are comforting; the smell of popcorn, the pleather seat giving in to your weight, the first inhale of carbonated sugar water. This week, feel guilty for avoiding your parents over the holidays with “Everybody’s Fine,” feel shame for sleeping with your presumed dead husband’s brother with “Brothers,” or avoid relationships altogether with “Up In The Air.” Keep reading »
Cue a sarcastic “We’ve come along way, baby!” joke: A recent study by the children’s magazine Highlights found girls are assigned more chores at home than boys. The survey polled 845 kids between the ages of 5 and 12 and found 73 percent of girls do chores, while 65 percent of boys do. Eight percent may not sound like much; however, these findings are consistent with a 2006 study by the University of Michigan. Researchers polled 3,000 10- to 17-year-olds and discovered girls spend seven hours a week doing housework, while boys only spend five hours a week. Possibly explains why some grown-up dudes aren’t so proactive with the Clorox, doesn’t it? Was this your experience growing up? Did you do more chores than your brothers did? [NY Times] Keep reading »
You probably have lots of men in your life, even if you’re boyfriend-less. So, if you have a brother, or a boy friend (I have started referring to my male friends as “boy-space-friends” so they aren’t confused with boyfriends, one word), then he might like one of the items after the jump. Or he might prefer a six-pack of beer.
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When we picked up Playboy, (hey, we read it for the articles!) we were pleasantly surprised by Too Hot To Handel- a piece on the lovely ladies of classical music. Sure, when you think of orchestras, old dudes with white wigs might come to mind. However, there are a bunch of young guys giving the aging art form an earful and and eyeful! Alas, nothing is sexier than a man who is well trained and good with his hands. We want to make beautiful music together with these modern Mozart’s!
Yevgeny Sudbin This sexy piano player makes us see why people misunderstand the pronunciation of pianist.
Mason Bates Master composer Bates likes to push all the right buttons. Renown for melding live classical instruments with electronic music, he has rocked dance floors in San Francisco and debuted compositions Carnegie Hall, but he has never performed in a traditional monkey suit. Mason definitely makes us want to slip into something more comfortable and join him.
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