US President Barack Obama and his administration are under attack. The media, when not tisking and tutting about the Republican feeding frenzy over the IRS scandal, the AP wiretapping brouhaha, and the endless round of inconclusive yet strangely dogged Benghazi hearings, is of course, actually clearing the brush, raising this frenetic activity up on a […]
It’s tempting to rubberneck at the catastrophic ruination of Syria the way a child might stand all agog before a presentation of animatronic dinosaurs gobbling each other up like hot dogs at a ball game. It seems so atavistic, like a microcosm of legendary cultural implosions from the distant past, like the Visigoths storming Rome, […]
I’ve written a poem, if it can be called that – it’s something I do about once every two years, and just about as competently as a Detroit CEO writing a Valentine’s Day message to his estranged wife. Except that, being a writer, I am moved to string words together, come what may, and so […]
We live in the age of the catchphrase. The syndrome, the tell-all word, the whoop of positive vibrations. It’s really awesome to be alive in 2013. Or is it splendid? High school was amazing, 1995 was pretty dope, my kids are awesome, and my new boyfriend is fabulous. But nowadays, I’m going for splendid. Maybe […]
Portishead on the iPod, beloved is asleep in bed. It’s midnight. Where does the time go? What happens to all the days and years, when every minute is so eventful? What happened to yesterday’s wars, and how come the same one is happening now? Oh Israel, oh Palestine, you’ve been down this road before. How […]
It isn’t opportunistic to use this moment to talk about climate change. It is critical. Whether or not the storm that battered the East Coast of the US last night can be directly attributable to anthropogenic climate change is almost irrelevant.
?wmode=transparent” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen> Gorgeous. I hope you’ll enjoy this as much as I did.
Fall is a noun that balances the foreboding, warning metallic bite of winter with the seasonal promise of autumn and its grand projects, freshly minted lists of goals and projects, and its exquisite and fleeting beauty. This year it is also election season, alternately bleak and funny, crisp like a new white shirt worn with […]
North American culture is a study in contrasts, where modesty and restraint, good sense and earnest impulses coexist with coarse ambition, and money and celebrity worship. So what else is new? Breastfeeding moms on the cover of Time magazine, and bottom-feeding criminals circling around futures markets or tearing down the highway to hell. Live and […]