Tag Archives: Journalism

Doom averted!

My first question for the Braman Honda salesperson three weeks ago was not about mileage or maintenance: “This Civic doesn’t come with a CD player, right?” He looked at the asphalt, shook his head sadly for my sake. Three years … Continue reading

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The so-called civility crisis

At best a tepid enthusiast of Michelle Goldberg’s columns, I hereby endorse her latest, in which she parses the levels of gall necessary to be a member of the Beltway pundit class that regards civility as a heaven to which … Continue reading

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The legacy of Charles Krauthammer

Wrong about Barack Obama. Wrong about “identity politics.” Wrong, most infamously and disgustingly, about Iraq. Men and women are dead because of Charles Krauthammer’s columns. They’re dead because Very Serious People in the Bush II White House read his bellicose … Continue reading

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Monticello moves into the 21st century

At the conclusion of our tour of Monticello in 2006, my friend and I gathered with our fellow guests in a sort of foyer. We had toured the nail factory, fields, and Thomas Jefferson’s bedroom. The guide, a genial woman … Continue reading

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The craving for non-partisanship: journalism in the Age of Trump

I won’t take credit for the following quasi-column, which appeared as a comment on Scott Lemieux’s Lawyers Guns & Money a couple months ago. I liked it so much that I pasted it here but haven’t had the opportunity to … Continue reading

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Exploring masterpieces of received political reporting

Hours before North Korea shocked no one except White House officials Matt Yglesias offered a summary of what we know about the occupant of the Oval Office: Donald Trump is a liar. More than that, he’s a fraud. Not just … Continue reading

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The wisdom of not understanding Trump voters

When posting this news on Friday, I considered creating a tag called “Fuck Trump Voters.” This way my readers and I can easily find the number of things I’ve posted since November 2016 in which I boast about not giving … Continue reading

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Exploring the soft white pouches of Donald Trump

These times are so extraordinary that I agree with Michiko Kakutani — she finds the prose that appears under James Comey’s name rather good. “The soft white pouches under” Trump’s “expressionless blue eyes” isn’t bad; I prefer that she notes … Continue reading

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‘Even the mysteries/It’s all me’

With deep respect to Dusty in Memphis, my Supremes comp, The Hissing of Summer Lawns, Exile in Guyville, these albums I submitted to NPR’s Turning the Tables: The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women survey. The first album will get … Continue reading

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David Brooks: ‘We don’t think this way anymore…’

This morning, David Brooks assembled sounds into phonemes that after hours of cogitation settled into sentence structures; he called this one “Speaking as a White Male…,” with the ellipses his idea. Let me poll the best lines.

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The myth of centrism, part XC

Americans who spend too much time watching MSNBC, particularly “Morning” Joe Scarborough and “Mika” Brzezinski’s pre-dawn chattering of well-connected sparrows, will recognize the signs of the ptomaine poisoning known as mythicalcenteritis. Its guests like to mourn the collapse of a … Continue reading

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‘I could no longer live my life as a lie’

Eric Peter Verbeeck, a Key Biscayne youth transitioning to a girl named Hope, killed herself nine days ago. Howard Cohen has her story: “He left behind a letter, the most beautiful letter you could imagine, and it was on his … Continue reading

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