Lily Allen gets the last laugh

In Georgian England, wit could trump even wallet in determining one’s eligibility for courtship. And physical appearance, though rarely a dealmaker, was always mentioned first. She bangs: Lily Allen doesn’t take rejection lightly. In her debut album Smile, she skewers a loutish ex-boyfriend with revealing songs like “Not Big.” Consider Jane Austen’s iconic character Emma […]

House hunting stinks

“It smells nice and fresh in here,” I remarked to our long-suffering realtor, who’d ushered my infant son and me down into the tiny house’s semifinished rec room. In fact, whatever industrial-grade air freshener the sellers were using was so intense my eyes began to itch. The baby’s blanket reeked of it for hours afterward. […]