Tag Archives: Journalism

Cosmos and cardiology

When I share anecdotes, I worry whether my posts will look like this drool, a simpering attempt at profundity. The actor from HBO’s Girls, new to New York City and homosexuality, drinks Cosmos with a blue-eyed handsome man in 2001 … Continue reading

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Miamians are just wild about turn signals

Miami-Dade County boast several miles of beautiful beaches and many first-rate hotels, but to enjoy them you have to make it to them alive. In my county, drivers make right turns from the leftmost lane, cruise in the rain with … Continue reading

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Trump: ‘a pustule of ego’

Besides reminding me that Pushkin retold a story I had loved as a child but whose authorship I never knew, Rebecca Solnit accurately diagnoses the Trumpian pathology in an aphoristic manner I’m a sucker for: Equality keeps us honest. Our … Continue reading

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Covering the Kushner-Russia story

The New York Times and the Washington Post have outdone themselves uncovering the rot beneath every stone of the Trump administration, but it doesn’t mean the reporting hasn’t had flaws. Having each published stories about Trump son in law Jared … Continue reading

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Democrats can’t win for losing

A couple of remarks regarding the Montana special election: I don’t get the pundits who have claimed that Rob Quist’s beating Greg Gianforte in the contest for the open house seat allows the GOP to, let me cite Chuck Todd, … Continue reading

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‘What they always pant for is magic’

H.L. Mencken: Once he gets under way his slightest utterances will take on an an oracular character, and another swill begin carrying their babies to him to be cured of cramps, windgalls and distemper. For the plain people of the … Continue reading

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Trump’s assault on the press

How tempting for Republicans to treat House candidate Greg Gianforte’s assault on Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs as an isolated incident. This idea collapses under scrutiny. First, Gianforte’s own history of making putatively irreverent comments about wishing violence on members of … Continue reading

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The Manchester dead and the primacy of pop

Men dedicated to mass slaughter don’t distinguish attendees at the Bataclan from Ariana Grande fans. But what made the choice of a Grande show particularly gruesome was demographics: Grande’s audience consists mostly of young women and gay men, two groups … Continue reading

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Viva Las Vegas!

Two observations based on the Billboard Music Awards: (1) Running through a hit-strewn preface that plays like an Obama-era catalog of very necessary vulgarity, Nicki Minaj lands on 2017 “No Frauds” and the David Guetta-produced “Light My Body Up” while … Continue reading

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Keeping the house in order: MoPOP Pop Conference 2017

At the MoPOP Museum, about three dozen conference attendants and more than a few bemused tourists packed the cavernous planetarium-like chamber called the Sky Church to hear activist dream hampton and Robert Christgau testify. Voice often cracking with emotion, the … Continue reading

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Sunday morning read

Surveying the coming storm, Jonathan Chait looks to millennial voters to save us from the worst of conservatism: Voters under 30 disapprove of his performance by margins exceeding two-to-one. My recent magazine story describes Trump’s strategy of dividing the country … Continue reading

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Reporting on today’s ‘galloping absurdity’

In a recounting of today’s extraordinary events on the Hill, Charles Pierce, good writer, can teach me something about rhythm and momentum: But this bit of galloping absurdity paled next to what Swalwell later would call the “smokebombs” with which … Continue reading

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