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

Need a dose of humor in your day? Chat with Alexandra Petri.

Petri's Q&A with readers starts at 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday. Submit your questions now.

February 1, 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

I just woke up from a six-year-long nap and I can’t believe the incivility of our president!

I can’t believe what Biden called Peter Doocy! Unrelatedly, I have slumbered for half a decade.

January 25, 2022

Where is the book of Boba Fett? Ask Alexandra Petri.

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

January 25, 2022

9 questions I have about the new, more ‘inclusive’ M&M mascots

The M&Ms … can I still eat them?

January 20, 2022

‘Let’s ban algebra, too!’ adds Fla. legislator who is clearly not three kids in a trench coat

The Florida legislature needs to think bigger about what to ban!

January 20, 2022

Other things Gorsuch doesn’t consider an occupational hazard

Ladders are not merely encountered in the workplace, but also in the home, in board games, even in metaphors.

January 19, 2022

What is your go-to opening word on Wordle? Ask Alexandra Petri.

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

January 18, 2022

Kyrsten Sinema wants to know whether you’ve tried listening

The Arizona senator's floor speech has the solution to all the problems that we face as a nation.

January 13, 2022