On Being Charitable

"Social Q's" is Philip Galanes's advice column in the New York Times.  Every Tuesday in Anti-Social Q's, I will answer the same questions as "Social Q's," with a greater regard for the sad state of the human condition.

This week Philip offers advice on a variety of topics.  A mother wonders about cellphone bills, a young woman has a friend with a curious request, a woman wants to help another solve a puzzle, and a family finds out about the phrase "no good deed goes unpunished."

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Dating Don’ts

"Social Q's" is Philip Galanes's advice column in the New York Times.  Every Tuesday in Anti-Social Q's, I will answer the same questions as "Social Q's," with a greater regard for the sad state of the human condition.

This week Philip hands out advice on special events and dating.  A son wants a song played at the most inappropriate moment, a woman is having a tough time meeting Mr. Right, and a woman wishes her friend had a more elaborate wedding.

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The Night Lights

"Social Q's" is Philip Galanes's advice column in the New York Times.  Every Tuesday in Anti-Social Q's, I will answer the same questions as "Social Q's," with a greater regard for the sad state of the human condition.

This week Philip offers up advice on how to clear the air.  A friend has moved on but another has not, a neighbor pollutes the darkness with light, a woman is concerned about two sons' gift giving practices (or lack thereof), and a woman wonders whether she should know how much a night out should cost her.

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Career Opportunities

"Social Q's" is Philip Galanes's advice column in the New York Times.  Every Tuesday in Anti-Social Q's, I will answer the same questions as "Social Q's," with a greater regard for the sad state of the human condition.

This week Philip offers up advice on a variety of topics.  A father wants to unite his family when that unity is really needed, a woman wants her boyfriend to be able to take care of himself, and someone changes careers and wonders how that is perceived by others.

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The Dinner for the Self-Invited

"Social Q's" is Philip Galanes's advice column in the New York Times.  Every Tuesday in Anti-Social Q's, I will answer the same questions as "Social Q's," with a greater regard for the sad state of the human condition.

This week Philip offers up advice on a variety of topics.  A friend invites herself over for dinner, a man gets to avoid a wedding, somebody's sour about sour milk, and someone is taking "keeping up with the Joneses" a bit too seriously.

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Never Come between a Mother and Her Daughter

"Social Q's" is Philip Galanes's advice column in the New York Times.  Every Tuesday in Anti-Social Q's, I will answer the same questions as "Social Q's," with a greater regard for the sad state of the human condition.

This week Philip offers advice on various social situations.  A father wonders about his son's future, a woman wonders about what action to take when she overhears the Pledge of Allegiance, a boyfriend is jealous of his girlfriend's mother, and someone wonders about birthday gifts.

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Using People Is Just Wrong

"Social Q's" is Philip Galanes's advice column in the New York Times.  Every Tuesday in Anti-Social Q's, I will answer the same questions as "Social Q's," with a greater regard for the sad state of the human condition.

This week Philip offers advice on various social situations.  A mom is concerned about her son's rude request, a wife wonders whether she should be responsible for staying close to the in-laws, a grandson really cares about his grandmother, and a man wonders about wedding etiquette.

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Loving the Leftovers

"Social Q's" is Philip Galanes's advice column in the New York Times.  Every Tuesday in Anti-Social Q's, I will answer the same questions as "Social Q's," with a greater regard for the sad state of the human condition.

This week Philip offers even more advice on how to deal with the holidays.  Someone wants his host's leftovers, a woman cannot get to work on time, a couple cannot agree on a wedding song, and a sister-in-law is not satisfied with certain gifts.

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Having a Merry Christmas Even if One’s Family Is Not Dysfunctional

"Social Q's" is Philip Galanes's advice column in the New York Times.  Every Tuesday in Anti-Social Q's, I will answer the same questions as "Social Q's," with a greater regard for the sad state of the human condition.

This week Philip offers more advice on how to deal with the holidays.  A mother witnesses one child taunting another, a young woman wishes her life was a cheesy movie, and a father wonders if he should be paying for a grown brat's excursions.

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An Opportunity to Not Attend a Party

"Social Q's" is Philip Galanes's advice column in the New York Times.  Every Tuesday in Anti-Social Q's, I will answer the same questions as "Social Q's," with a greater regard for the sad state of the human condition.

This week Philip offers advice on how to deal with the holidays.  A woman wants some room to herself when visiting relatives, someone wants to make things unnecessarily awkward, someone else has an excuse not to attend a party of someone they barely know, and a man likes to have emergency gifts lying around.

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