"Both daughters and sons from divorced families are significantly more likely to initiate smoking in comparison to their peers from intact families, shows a new analysis of 19,000 Americans. Men who experienced parental divorce before they turned 18 had 48-per-cent higher odds of ever smoking 100 or more cigarettes than men whose parents did not divorce. Women from divorced families were also at risk, with 39-per-cent higher odds of smoking in comparison to women from intact families." —Smoking is terrible and kills everyone, but don't be so hard on yourself. This habit, like so many other poor choices in life, can ultimately be blamed on your parents getting married [...]
Second in a pair of essays today on Louis C.K. Previously: The Louie Bubble.
Winter is the season of television discontent. Months remain before the third season of "Louie" and the second season isn’t on DVD yet. I was late to "Louie," but once I started, I couldn’t stop. I spent a summer weekend in a sweaty fugue state in my hotbox of a 6th-floor Brooklyn apartment, unable to move, obsessively watching the entire first season. I got to an episode where his daughters are off with their mother for a week and he goes on a bender of pizza, ice cream and pot, and then I [...]
"In a grim sign of the economic recovery, the divorce rate, which dipped during the recession, appears to be on the rebound."
New York State may at last join the rest of the country in no-fault divorce-a bill has passed the state Senate, and the Assembly is dealing with two bills on the matter. There's a very helpful series of contributions, largely from actual people who know things, in the Times: an economist, a law professor, a sociologist… and then two policy people/lobbyists. Surprisingly, the most distressing of these contributions is from the president the New York chapter of NOW.
So, possibly the most secretive billionaire in the whole world, a man that hundreds of reporters both in the finance world and the art world have begged for interviews, turns out to have once actually done one, the Post discovers. Downside: It was 18 years ago. Upside: It was with Cristina! YOU KNOW, Cristina Saralegui, the insane Cuban talk-show lady who you can't turn off even if you don't speak Spanish and you just happen to be drifting past Telemundo or Univision or whatever. She is like an Almodovar drag queen. So during one brief magical moment, Cristina did a show in English, which I vaguely remember even, and [...]
Good news! I ran into a bunch of married Brooklyn dads last night (in Manhattan, of course), who weren't so happy about our thoughts on how the real estate needs of their upcoming divorces are going to destroy whole swaths of gentrified Brooklyn.
But the disgruntled dads did bring up something obvious I hadn't considered. What do you think the likely behavior of a bunch of 40-something dadvorcé's will be? That's right: dadcaves. They're not going to live on their own when they get divorced, thereby hogging all the apartments. They're going to all be roomies! They'll form packs of bro households, with a high-up wet bar that [...]
Ignore for a moment the potential precedent set by a judge's decision that the combatants in a Connecticut divorce case should have to share their passwords to several social networking sites to aide the discovery process. Instead focus on the magic that occurs around the one minute mark of this video, when the reporter appears in three places at once. ASTOUNDING! Okay, now return your focus to the potential precedent. The future really is now, isn't it?
If your folks busted up, Science has some bad news for you: "Children whose parents divorce are more than twice as likely to suffer a stroke at some point during their lives than other children, according to a new study. The link between the two held even when the researchers accounted for other known stroke risk factors, such as obesity, smoking and diabetes. It is the first time such a link has been shown, the researchers said."
But wait! Science also sees a silver lining!
New York is changing. New York is always changing. Now it's a place where people come to raise families; you can't smoke in bars; the Meatpacking District is like Miami or Los Angeles or Milan or something; Times Square is like Disneyland except with more car bombs. All true. But sometimes it seems like New York is changing faster and more dramatically than you'd ever expect. Like when the place seems to be losing its most New York characteristics.
Ever since American courts granted corporations the legal status of persons-in the most woeful misapplication of the 14th Amendment's due process clause prior to the imbecilic Rehnquist court ruling in Bush v. Gore-the traditional upper-caste battle royale over a robber baron's legacy has been an especially fraught family matter. Should a litigating person qua person emerge triumphant, a carefully constructed family ownership trust can become the plaything of a crass interloper, in no way to the manor born. Company assets and proprietary business plans can turn into just more fodder in courtroom campaigns of personal destruction-as carelessly repurposed and quickly tossed away as one of Larry King's elective affinities or [...]
The best part of the GET READY FOR GAY DIVORCE stories are the anecdotes, like this couple who shared "a love of fur coats and gold jewelry": "The two are now in the messy process of untangling their lives—a web that has grown to include four purebred Rhodesian Ridgebacks, three houses, and one financially dependent parent." (Instead of letting them get gay-divorced, couldn't we just exile them to Antarctica? Won't someone think of the Ridgebacks?) Anyway, gay divorce: pro or con? Totally pro, right?
While other overclass miscalculations spark bailout after bailout, dissolving alpha-grade marital bonds is a far trickier business. There is, for instance, the matter of shielding your liquid assets from a grasping ex, to say nothing of the messy personal details that tend to come out in bitterly contested divorce proceedings.
Most of all, though, there’s the great preoccupation of the wealthy in every unpleasant public scrape: the question of one’s legacy. That’s the gist of an epic dispatch from the Financial Times’ Jane Croft and Michael Peel, explaining how the once-swinging precincts of elite London have found themselves in a sort of legal limbo, so [...]
The rudderless public outrage over executive compensation in the financial industry has clearly gone too far. It's one thing to set limits on cash bonuses for top bankers who live and breathe the heady empyrean of financial risk-but it's another thing altogether to challenge the one core security they know in this vale of tears. We speak, of course, of their right to dissolve their marriages and conquer fresh free markets of the heart. As Bloomberg correspondent Alexis Leondis notes, "divorce settlements for executives such as bankers who rely on bonus payouts are becoming harder to negotiate as some firms give employees less cash and more long-term incentive [...]