Tea for one: On aloneness and the pandemic

After the most frantic Thanksgiving weekend in years, after my five-mile morning walk (the novel Hamnet in hand), after coffee and breakfast, I dwell on the difference between introspection and shyness, then change my mind because The New York Times published a story as bothersome as a fly buzzing in a kitchen:

At war against gay Americans

Here we go again: A shooting at an LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs killed five people and injured 18 others overnight, police said early Sunday. Club Q, where police said the first call came in minutes before midnight, described it as a “hate attack.” Lt. Pamela Castro, a police spokesperson, told reporters the suspect wasContinue reading “At war against gay Americans”

For once, no doomgloating

With more than two-thirds of Americans supporting gay marriage, the Senate voted on Wednesday for a failsafe measure should the Supreme Court vitiate Obergefell v. Hodges, which might happen if Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and the other dishonest ghouls use constitutional fig leaves to mask their disgust for queer folk holding hands. A dozen Republicans,Continue reading “For once, no doomgloating”

Dispatches from Miami-Dade County: an Election Day report

Given the turnout so far Democrats may have better results than expected. Maybe. Not so in Miami-Dade County, poised to hand Ron DeSantis and Marco Rubio the GOP’s first victory since 2002. The Bush administration courted Hispanics, then, after voters treated him and his robber barons like skunks in 2008 his party lost interest inContinue reading “Dispatches from Miami-Dade County: an Election Day report”

October reading

At my library, this weekend doubling as an early voting site, a pair of Cuban-American women in their seventies muttered darkly and gasped on seeing our “Cubanos Con Biden” poster. Because even septuagenarian Cuban-American women understand social media, they whipped out their phones as if at a sighting of blue-eyed ground-doves. For two hours weContinue reading “October reading”

The nexus of Christianity and fascism

A nice guy, this Monzon fellow. Before Monzon’s speech, Frank de Varona, a Bay of Pigs veteran, led the crowd in prayer, urging Americans to vote Republican. “We pray that they do not not cease to be Christians when they enter the voting booth,” he said. De Varona also praised Monzon for being a memberContinue reading “The nexus of Christianity and fascism”

I weep for the future

“It’s a cliché at this point to say that Latino voters are politically powerful, that they often hold complicated political positions, that it’s not a given that they’ll vote for Democrats,” aver the NYT’s Adrian J. Rivera and Patrick Healy, moderators of a Hispanic focus group organized in September, before rolling up their sleeves toContinue reading “I weep for the future”

Laying down the tracks for the next attempt at a stolen election

In The Storm Is Here: An American Crucible, Luke Mogelson at first irritated me: almost two hundred pages of interviews with crypto-Jew haters, Trumpists, anti-vaxxers, lockdown protestors, fluoride deniers, devotees of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and sundry charlatans and sheep, with maybe fifty pages about BLM and anti-fascists. Mogelson doesn’t make funContinue reading “Laying down the tracks for the next attempt at a stolen election”

My thoughts are flower-strewn: On ‘Automatic for the People’

When Automatic for the People and Us came out within a week of each other, Michael Stipe and Peter Gabriel had reached the point at which they allowed encroaching middle-age to vaporize what remained of their hairlines, a good thing with aesthetic consequences. Funereal, hushed, melancholy by design but not by mode, at ease withContinue reading “My thoughts are flower-strewn: On ‘Automatic for the People’”