The Spoils of Empire

The Spoils of Empire

Some years ago, Janet gave me a used copy of Gore Vidal’s “Burr” as my Christmas present. Thoroughly recommended, but I’m not here to write a book report. What Vidal understood about America was what I refused to admit: Though we were founded...

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...
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