Those Crazy Italians
Members of the Liguria parliament in Genoa, Italy, banned the use of the word "member" to describe one another because it also means "penis," which "is likely to cause a certain uneasiness among women"; henceforth, members will be known as "components" of parliament . . . Two hundred members of the Italian Association of Cuckolds gather in Ruviano... more from Harper's Magazine Weekly Review

Gentle But Lethal Insult of the Week
"Reading him, you feel that he is not thinking, exactly; rather, one side of his brain is merely fondling the other... It is hard not to picture the two sides of [his] brain as two kittens, playfully cavorting with a little rubber figure..."
Lee Seigel on Andrew Sullivan, 9/02 Harper's