Alexandra Petri

Washington, D.C.

Columnist offering a lighter take on the news and opinions of the day

Education: Harvard College, BA in English, Classics Secondary Field

Latest from Alexandra Petri

Accurate descriptions of labor, according to notes I took on my phone while giving birth

It is like having your blubber pulled off (you are a whale), like, in big strips.

February 15, 2022

Don’t worry, Donald Trump is just a quirky guy who loves to destroy documents

Donald Trump ripping up government documents isn't a crime! That's just a Thursday!

February 11, 2022

Ice dancing has enough love stories! Here are some more interesting ideas.

Couples' figure-skating at the Olympics should show there is so much more to life!

February 10, 2022

What is the best Girl Scout cookie? Ask Alexandra Petri.

Petri's Q&A with readers was at 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday. Read the transcript.

February 8, 2022

Mayor Eric Adams’s war on cheese

It was a pleasure to fondue.

February 8, 2022

The only way to know we aren’t picking a justice for the wrong reason is to choose a White man

How can I know that someone has chosen what is best when their choice possesses CHARACTERISTICS or is in some way HISTORIC?

February 3, 2022

Relax, the coup people weren’t very good at it and won’t try again until 2024

Our system for not overturning elections is foolproof!

February 2, 2022

What will the Washington Football Team be called? Ask Alexandra Petri.

Petri's Q&A with readers was 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday. Read the transcript.

February 1, 2022

No, by all means, take your time filling the Supreme Court seat

On the one hand, it is an election year, which sounds urgent! On the other hand, it is an election year when Republicans might win — less urgent.

January 28, 2022

The cakes of Britain are hot on Boris Johnson’s trail

A prime minister ambushed by cake sounds like a much better news cycle.

January 27, 2022