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About the Author

Daniel Menaker is the Editor of Grin & Tonic and the author, most recently, of My Mistake: A Memoir.

Faktchek: The Residential Debate

GRIN & TONIC

Faktchek: The Residential Debate

By Daniel Menaker ×

A substantive look at tonight's exchange.
On the Move: A Life

MEMOIR

On the Move: A Life

Reviewed by Daniel Menaker ×

In the wake of a terminal diagnosis, one of neurology's greatest visionaries leaves behind a legacy of voracious research, loyalty, and "violent enthusiasms". Review by Daniel Menaker.
Warnings

Humor

Warnings

by Daniel Menaker ×

"Do not read this to anyone who may, even without planning to, make someone pregnant."
The Humor Code

Reviews & Essays

The Humor Code

Reviewed by Daniel Menaker ×

A doctor and a journalist span the globe to learn why we laugh.

Bound to Be Broken

Humor

Bound to Be Broken

By Daniel Menaker ×

 Keep bank deposit/withdrawal slips, leave cuticles alone, don't go to Crumbs anymore, brush dog's teeth, irony withdrawal, stay in time zone, stay off CNN, don't make stupid jokes such...

Diagnosing Giants: Solving the Medical Mysteries of Thirteen Patients Who Changed the World

Reviews & Essays

Diagnosing Giants: Solving the Medical Mysteries of Thirteen Patients Who Changed the World

Reviewed by Daniel Menaker ×

The injuries and illnesses that made history.

Breaking Down

Humor

Breaking Down

By Daniel Menaker ×

"About the ricin in general: Recall that back in season two, Walt cooked up a batch of ricin with the plan to use it to kill Tuco. (Plan thwarted.) Then he made another batch in season...

Tsih Tsih

Humor

Tsih Tsih

By Daniel Menaker ×

 No,  I’m sorry, this isn’t Customer Service—they are being on sabbatical this year again--but I can help you maybe….  My name is Evgeniya.  I am the assistant and...

Mother Daughter Me

Reviews & Essays

Mother Daughter Me

Reviewed by Daniel Menaker ×

A memoir of familial dysfunction delivers rousing, honest drama.

LaffAble

Humor

LaffAble

By Daniel Menaker ×

Let’s say you’re trying to write a funny piece and you get stuck after the first sentence -- "Let’s say you’re trying to write a funny piece and you get stuck after the first...

This Just In

Humor

This Just In

By Daniel Menaker ×

 Wolf Blitzen:      This just in: CNNN has it on good authority that this Sunday, May 12th, will be celebrated all over the United States as Mother’s Day. ...

Truly Maybe the Best from a Year in Grin & Tonic

Humor

Truly Maybe the Best from a Year in Grin & Tonic

By Daniel Menaker ×

We at Grin & Tonic decided to celebrate the holidays and the end of 2012 with an Editor's Pick of some of our favorite pieces of the year. But then we didn't do it. Why? Or -- maybe...