American Culture

Oh say, can you see?

America, however geographically beautiful, however portrayed by Hollywood, has its dark side. Photo: AFP

In less than a week, we will be in Washington and part of the US presidential election brouhaha. "We" includes six members of Generation Y, most of whom have never been to the US, and me.

Thursday, 25 October, 2012, 2:42am 1 comment

America embraces English English

America embraces English English

Mitt Romney is not the "bumbling toff" he's made out to be, wrote Daniel Gross, an American journalist, in a recent Daily Beast article. The latest iPad is a "lovely piece of kit," in the words of John Scalzi, an American science-fiction author writing in his blog, Whatever.

12 Oct 2012 - 4:04am

Over-simplified teen story

Prom is supposed to be the defining moment of our teenage years: the one night we remember for the rest of our lives. Or the first day of the rest of our lives - I can't remember. Anyway, that's the Hollywood version, or what we're engineered to expect.

25 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Notes from the dorm

Dress, check. Shoes, check. Date, that's another story. What am I talking about? Prom - the night of tuxedos, evening gowns and a celebration dinner with dancing.

25 May 2010 - 12:00am

ask toni & josh

Dear Toni

I'm 15, but my mum won't let me shave my legs. She says it will make the hair grow too thick. I want to go swimming with my friends this summer, but I'm scared they'll laugh at me.


Dear Trouser-wearer

12 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Meet the famous fat cat

This week Garfield the lazy cat has hundreds of millions of fans

World's favourite feline

When you read your Young Post, do you always check out the adventures of Garfield on page 11?

You wouldn't be alone if you admitted that Garfield was your favourite comic strip character. He is a popular feature in newspapers all over the world.

9 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Hollywood West

The buzz in Hollywood these past couple of weeks has been about weddings - who did, who didn't, when will they and, most importantly, why weren't we invited?

12 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Get your money out ladies, beefcake auction dinner is back on schedule

It's on again! The Women's Forum postponed its annual bachelor auction gala dinner last November because a number of prominent regulars had informed forum founder Liz Murrihy that they would not be available.

However, their charity beefcake oglefest has been rescheduled for May 27 at the Conrad Hotel.

26 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

The greatest cartoon ever made

With something in it for every taste, The Simpsons Movie sums up American culture in one neat little package. While well-informed adults will laugh at the witty and satirical punchlines, toddlers will enjoy watching Bart skateboard nude across town to get a burger.

12 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Part-time jobs

I'm so excited! I landed a cool job at the supermarket!

Really? I wouldn't work there for peanuts!

I meet lots of cute guys and get a bit of extra cash every week.

I just don't want to do that sort of work after school.

Don't knock it till you've tried it!

Okay ... maybe I'm being too harsh.

27 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Last night of the proms

They start the evening looking like young movie stars at the Oscars, stepping out of stretch limousines in their ball gowns and tuxedos. They have endured bikini waxes, manicures and body wraps, as well as many days of stress, in preparation for the big night.

3 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

A cultural step too far

Culture has become a buzzword. It is the new Marxism, says historian Linda Colley: theorists use it to explain virtually everything. I am partial to looking at things - such as terrorism, history and politics - from a cultural point of view in this column. I regularly reduce half the globe to a handful of cultural cliches.

27 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Dressed to thrill, but it's a pain

My past few columns dealt with the upcoming graduation and the summer months, and this shall be no exception.

I've made some observations after attending my Senior Prom (graduation ball) recently.

We like to put ourselves in pain.

30 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

More open - how?

Now that the chief secretary has admitted public concern over possible favouritism to some companies, how should the government fulfil the pledge to be more transparent in its decision-making? Write to us.

29 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Mullet site proves that even bad fashion ideas can grow on you

Imagine Michael Moore doing a documentary on Bill Gates and Microsoft - Windows 9/11? That might go nicely with the BBC's collection of rummy remarks from the United States Secretary of Defence. What could bring Christopher Columbus together with a cult film of the 1960s? If ever one needed an excuse to shoot the hairdresser, we have it.

Hair-brained ideas

24 Aug 2004 - 12:00am