Why can’t we just be interesting?

Here’s a headline that caught my eye at The Guardian: “‘Can’t I just say it’s tasty?’ Why food critics go too far / It’s easy to write beautifully if you can work yourself into a frenzy of love or loathing. Unfortunately, most meals...

Non-qualified political opinions

Being a middle-aged Southern white guy, it should be obvious that I have friends and family who are Republicans. The list of people I love and admire includes some names of folks who not only voted for Trump, they voted — twice — for the previous...

What is democracy worth?

Josh Marshall has a classic Editor’s Brief at Talking Points Memo this morning: Long, rambling, extemporaneous and loose, but also inherently fascinating: “I’m talking about the global contest between autocracy and authoritarianism on the one hand and...
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