Tag Archives: Journalism

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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Pour yourself a scotch, Rex

Farewell, Rex Tillerson, he of the formidable mane and the courtly baritone of a plantation manager. Other than gutting the State Department – the dream of every Republican going back to Senator Richard Nixon’s fulminations against the “striped pants set” … Continue reading

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Florida, the state with the prettiest name: Daylight Savings Time

Sea level rise, a barely competent governor, flying roaches — these and other elements make Florida an earthly paradise. If said governor signs the following legislation, we’ll deal with Daylight Savings Timem for the rest of our lives: According to … Continue reading

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The authenticity politics of travel

I shouldn’t read comment sections when digesting my food. A casual reader of Dan Saltzstein’s 52 Places Traveler column, I know he approaches adventures from the point of view of an unfazed Manhattanite willing to bend but never break. This … Continue reading

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