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About: Theodore Ross


Theodore Ross is an editor of Harper’s Magazine. His writing has appeared in Harper’s, Saveur, Tin House, the Mississippi Review, and (of course), the Vietnam News. He grew up in New York City by way of Gulfport, MS, and as a teen played the evil Nazi, Toht, in Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation. He lives with his son, J.P. in Brooklyn, and is currently working on a book about Crypto-Jews.




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Posts by Theodore Ross

Why Men Brag About Their Salaries, Part 1

Theodore on how he doesn’t shop, and he doesn’t crow. From our series with the Atlantic

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Brood, Thy Name is Ross

So, Saturday, August 26th, after many hours of labor, my wife, Tomoko gave birth to our second child, and my third. Her name is Mena Masako Ross, a name I kinda like, even if the first one was suggested to us by a semi-retired Internet guy on yoga retreat vacation in Mexico, and if only […]

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They Like Me (well enough), They Really, Really Like Me (no complaints)

I have my first lengthy review out today form  forthcoming book, Am I a Jew? in the Jewish Daily Forward today. I thought it was pretty positive, even if I was described in it, by the writer, Josh Rolnick, as “earnest.” He did touch, in part, on the impact that the religious chicanery has had […]

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I’m Am Pleasant and Well-Balanced, and If You Don’t Believe Me Go To Hell

So how come nobody told me this was DadWagon’s “Week of Rage”? That is so fucked up that I didn’t know! Matt, Nathan–how dare you undermine me in this completely rude and inappropriate fashion? I work my blogging fingers to the bone for DadWagon, no one thanks me, no one cares, and it makes me […]

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Phew! I think this means we no longer have to pay such close attention to our kids, right?

The astonishing amount of data being collected about your children


Remember that ominous threat from your childhood, 'This will go down on your permanent record?' Well, your children's permanent record is a whole lot bigger today and it may be permanent. Information about your children's behavior and nearly everything else that a school or state agency knows about…

Nov 13th 7:21pm • No Comments

OMG! What crazy-ass people! This is nuts! Insane!

(I'm just saying that to get your attention: This is a surprisingly mature discussion, particularly for Reddit. So, uh, read it.)

[First time having sex] One Dad's View • /r/sex


I am a father of a boy(13) and a girl(15). I told them that it was alright for them to be sexually active as soon as they were "ready". I then...

Nov 13th 2:58pm • No Comments

We've known this for years.

Study Finds Every Style Of Parenting Produces Disturbed, Miserable Adults


SANTA ROSA, CA—A study released by the California Parenting Institute Tuesday shows that every style of parenting inevitably causes children to grow into profoundly unhappy adults.

Nov 10th 11:19am • No Comments

Don't have cash? We'll do it for free. Hell, we'll do it whether you want us to or not.

This creepy 65-year-old clown will terrify your misbehaving kid for cash


His name is Wrinkles and he's booked for months in advance

Nov 4th 7:06am • No Comments