Mark Oppenheimer

Mark Oppenheimer writes the Beliefs column for the New York Times. He can be found at and followed on Twitter @markopp1.

March 26 2012 3:06 PMTo Give and To GetWhy a Congressman can’t order his aide to give his wife a Jewish divorce.
A Fine Whine
April 25 2011 4:45 PMBoycott the Royal WeddingAmericans are supposed to hate monarchs, not worship them.
Jan. 24 2011 7:08 AMThe Unholy PleasureMy life-long recovery from snobbery.
Dec. 13 2010 8:37 PMAbsolutely Not! Minority Groups Should Resist the Pull of Assimilation.
The Book Club
Aug. 21 2010 6:53 AMThe Professionalization of the American Schoolboy Saddens Me
The Book Club
Aug. 18 2010 12:10 PMIs Style More Important Than Substance? It Is, Actually.
July 30 2010 9:55 AMJudging a Girl by Her CoverWhy I'll miss a world where books make the first move.
May 15 2009 12:53 PMWhich Brings Me to the Work I've Done in AfricaPoliticians make lousy commencement speakers. Hire a celebrity instead.
Feb. 26 2009 6:46 AMDaddy Eats Dead CowsCan a meat-loving father raise vegetarian children?
April 17 2008 12:57 PMHaggadah Better IdeaLet's stop improving Passover.
April 2 2007 10:14 AMHaggadah Better IdeaLet's stop improving Passover.
Sept. 29 2006 1:11 PMSin OfferingsHow Jews and Christians can improve on Yom Kippur.
March 14 2006 5:16 PMPizza My HeartCan the founder of Domino's create a Catholic utopia?
Dec. 21 2005 7:15 AMWitches' Brew at Winter SolsticeHow Wiccans do themselves in.
June 16 2011 7:09 AMFancypantsHow I cured myself of a craving for selvedge denim.
April 5 2011 7:01 AMSave NPR!But please, put PBS out of its misery.
Dec. 14 2010 10:37 AMBeware of Bland American Consumerism
Aug. 30 2010 3:58 PMMuffy Adores SynchillaTaking the new Preppy Handbook for a test drive.
The Book Club
Aug. 19 2010 12:14 PMWhy Are Presidential Debates So Dreadful?
Brow Beat
Aug. 3 2010 3:39 PMA Response to the "Atlantic" Concerning Attractive Young Book Readers on the Metro
Dec. 18 2009 12:42 PMWitches' Brew at Winter SolsticeHow Wiccans do themselves in.
April 10 2009 5:47 PMFor God's SakeWhy it's worth bringing your kid along to pray.
Nov. 12 2008 2:48 PMSo When Will a Muslim Be President? A guide to which minority group has the best chance to win the White House next.
July 31 2007 3:57 PMFor the Love of XenuScientology may be a bizarre faith invented by a sci-fi hack. But it's not a cult.
Feb. 19 2007 7:11 AMGoing to the ChapelHarvard wasn't the only school to appoint a woman last week.
April 14 2006 5:53 AMFor God, for CountryRemembering the radical chaplain William Sloane Coffin Jr.
Jan. 19 2006 2:10 PMSupersede MeEvangelicals rethink how to convert Jews.
Nov. 30 1999 3:30 AM In the Biblical SenseA guide to the booming Christian sex-advice industry.



Talking White

Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.

Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Ridiculously Polite. That’s What Scares Beijing So Much.

The One Fact About Ebola That Should Calm You: It Spreads Slowly

Operation Backbone

How White Boy Rick, a legendary Detroit cocaine dealer, helped the FBI uncover brazen police corruption.

A Jaw-Dropping Political Ad Aimed at Young Women, Apparently

The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 4:05 PM Today in GOP Outreach to Women: You Broads Like Wedding Dresses, Right?

How Even an Old Hipster Can Age Gracefully

On their new albums, Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant, and Loudon Wainwright III show three ways.

How Tattoo Parlors Became the Barber Shops of Hipster Neighborhoods

This Gargantuan Wind Farm in Wyoming Would Be the Hoover Dam of the 21st Century

Oct. 1 2014 8:34 AM This Gargantuan Wind Farm in Wyoming Would Be the Hoover Dam of the 21st Century To undertake a massively ambitious energy project, you don’t need the government anymore.
  News & Politics
Oct. 1 2014 7:26 PM Talking White Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.
Buy a Small Business
Oct. 1 2014 11:48 PM Inking the Deal Why tattoo parlors are a great small-business bet.
Oct. 1 2014 6:02 PM Facebook Relaxes Its “Real Name” Policy; Drag Queens Celebrate
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 5:11 PM Celebrity Feminist Identification Has Reached Peak Meaninglessness
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 1 2014 3:24 PM Revelry (and Business) at Mohonk Photos and highlights from Slate’s annual retreat.
Brow Beat
Oct. 1 2014 9:39 PM Tom Cruise Dies Over and Over Again in This Edge of Tomorrow Supercut
Future Tense
Oct. 1 2014 6:59 PM EU’s Next Digital Commissioner Thinks Keeping Nude Celeb Photos in the Cloud Is “Stupid”
  Health & Science
Oct. 1 2014 4:03 PM Does the Earth Really Have a “Hum”? Yes, but probably not the one you’re thinking.
Sports Nut
Oct. 1 2014 5:19 PM Bunt-a-Palooza! How bad was the Kansas City Royals’ bunt-all-the-time strategy in the American League wild-card game?