Reviewing the journals of Drew Pearson, Thomas Mallon notes the most notorious instances of conflict of interest: Robert Novak, known as “the Prince of Darkness,” records in his autobiography of the same name how the social connections of his writing partner, Rowland Evans, sometimes put their column in the tank for J.F.K. Things got even… More ‘The President was sore as blazes’
Bill Withers tells us how to live: “I can’t play the guitar or the piano, but I made a career out of writing songs on guitars and piano,” he said. “I never learned music. I just did it.” How? “It was just something I decided to do. If I decided to build one of these… More ‘If I decided to build one of these fountains, I could probably do it’
“They certainly are not tea partyers, those earnest, issue-oriented, book-club organizing activists who are passionate about policy,” writes George F. Will about the Trumpites. Those earnest “issue-oriented” types who wear Lady Liberty hats and scream about the government keeping its hands out of their Social Security. Once a year I revisit The George Will Show.… More The stupidity of George Will, Part XIV
Here’s a test: when was this passage written? People used to meet their partners through proximity, through family and friends, but now Internet meeting is surpassing every other form. “It’s changing so much about the way we act both romantically and sexually,” Garcia says. “It is unprecedented from an evolutionary standpoint.” As soon as people… More Dating and punishment U.SA.
Eagles An example of how I always loved the Eagles.
I still request them. If you watch movies made before, say, 1990, there are more of them available on DVD. That’s a fact. This article chronicling how Netflix has adapted to the times fails to mention it. Maybe it’s implicit in the argument: “What’s interesting is that although the business is in a slow decline,… More The death of the Netflix DVD?
I have read a couple of dissenting reviews of Kate Bolick’s Spinster, but Briallen Hopper’s is the liveliest and most allusive. The crux of her counterargument: although Bolick is correct to reclaim spinsterhood as a desirable state, the assumptions on which this state rests still get defined by men. “Whom to marry, and when will… More Reclaiming spinsterhood and bachelorhood
Yep: f you look at a typical presidential campaign site under a heading like “Issues,” you’ll see that there isn’t a bullet point that lists a candidate’s plans to attack the complicated issue of structural racism with specific steps. This should change. And in this, candidates can take a lesson from President Obama. His administration,… More ‘How a politician can chalk up wins against structural racism’
I don’t often quote Jonathan Chait, but I’ve been looking for a succinct refutation of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.’s The Age of Jackson for a while. Jackson as the Democratic Party’s Adam, he argues, was a quirk that history was bound to correct. Chait: The Age of Jackson, which won the Pulitzer Prize for history, was… More The evolution of parties
I thought T.G.I. Friday’s was a big box restaurant whose managers these days send busboys across the street to Publix to buy their own frozen potato skins. But its founder apparently did much to help what Nicola Twilley calls women’s participation in public life. Also, it’s news to me that the Volstead Act cast a… More TGI Friday’s, mixology, and women in public life
“I have to admit that no one on the right intrigues me more than Peggy Noonan,” Nancy LeTourneau writes today, and that makes one of us. The gay marriage decision upset the Dame last week because it wasn’t unanimous: With that, Noonan never has to specifically say that she disagrees with marriage equality – or… More Lock up the liquor cabinet!
Neil Peart drinks Macallan 12 — with ice. There they are, my feelings for Rush exemplified by anecdotal evidence — the garish note, the lapse into poor taste, bless’em. Yet another example of my generation grabbing what’s left of music journalism jobs is the interviewing of Rush for a Rolling Stone cover story. I wanted… More ‘A compromise is what I can never accept.’