The Last Patrician

A comment on the life and times of George H.W. Bush, after a day of eulogies: It seems proper, here in the chaos of the Trump Era, to feel a certain nostalgia over the passing of a man so closely identified with the Old Establishment values of discipline, restraint,...

One true thing about writing fiction

Back in 2013, after converting one long book into two shorter sci-fi fantasy novels, knocking out a voodoo potboiler and entertaining myself with a silly romp called “Another Goddamn Novel About The Collapsing Quantum Multiverse,” my most recent Bataan...

One hundred and thirty-eight days

The first skirmish in the “President Puts Kids in Cages and Lies About It” scandal ended yesterday with a tactical retreat by the White House and little else. More than 2,000 immigrant children are still in cages. Trump’s executive order just sets up...

In all but narrowest sense, Trump is the target

Part of the game we’re all playing right now (and let’s be clear: Our role in the game is “public opinion,” which means what we believe is insignificant except in the aggregate) is “Who are the targets of the Mueller Investigation?”...

Muddling through decline, happily

Today’s long but thought-provoking read is Dylan Matthews’ “The myth of an ending: why even removing Trump from office won’t save American democracy/It feels like this moment in history deserves a definitive ending. It won’t get one,” at Vox....
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