Racing to the bottom

American hot rod legend Carroll Shelby is experiencing something of a cultural moment this month, thanks to the feature film “Ford vs. Ferrari,” which I hope to see soon. But last night I watched a new documentary called “Shelby American,” and...

Time Travel: A Star Wars Story

I was 14 when the first Star Wars movie premiered. I read about it in Newsweek and went to my dad and said, “Hey, would you take us to see this new movie called Star Wars?” He said “Absolutely NOT!” A few weeks later I asked again, and he...

O, I am deluded!

A funny thing happened to me in the fall of 2016: After the worst-case scenario on election night, I suffered through a burst of clear-headed perspective, writing several harshly honest essays here. Three years later, despite my post-debacle efforts at brutal clarity,...

Trump/GOP: No win on the board

I think it’s time to circle back to the most important point in the impeachment discussion: We now possess enough official documents and sworn testimony to inspire the average defense attorney — in the vast majority of criminal cases — to pursue a...

Enough with the bland liberalism

There’s a piece at TPM from a lawyer with a group called Protect Democracy, and while I’ve looked at their stuff and find it generally founded in common ground, reading her column crystallized, for me, my frustration with a certain kind of bland, generic...

The too-long edit

It’s been almost eight months since I finished the first edit of my new Chene trilogy, and I’m here to bear witness: No matter what anyone tells you about how hard writing is, it’s nothing compared to the months of not-writing that follow the...

The American Apocalypse

In honor of Indigenous Peoples Day, I’m here to talk about everyone’s favorite topic: Disease. When I was a kid, science told us that “Indians” walked here across a “land bridge from Asia” about 13,000 years ago. And science was...

Inside the Barr-Murdoch meeting

Scene: Rupert Murdoch’s Manhattan Apartment, Wednesday night, Oct. 9, 2019. Fox Corporation Chairman Murdoch and U.S. Attorney General William Barr sit in leather chairs while two assistants, dressed in dark suits, use hand-held electronics to scan the room for...

The coup that might yet be

Again, I’m not going to re-stipulate all the reasons why it’s reasonable to assume that Republicans will never turn on Trump, yada yada. But look at the news this morning. The utterly inexcusable, cowardly and shameful betrayal of our Kurdish allies. The...

The Full Narrative

BTW, here’s the “tell” from Sen. Ron Johnson’s Meet the Press self-immolation yesterday: JOHNSON: “You set this thing up totally biased. I could never really get into the full narrative.” Yes, the “full narrative.” The...

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