‘Careless self-interest and optimism’: Joan Didion

Joan Didion’s work after 1980 remains her best. The essays in Slouching Towards Bethlehem and The White Album boast too perfect a marriage between form and content. Covering the El Mozote massacre, the prestidigitators working in the Reagan administration, the Michael Dukakis campaign, and the Bill Clinton impeachment applied her talent for selective quotation to… More ‘Careless self-interest and optimism’: Joan Didion

Legion of Doom: GOP debate #1, Part 8

10:32: Asked about #BlackLivesMatter, Scott Walker says #CopsMatter. 10:37: “If Iran was a stock, you guys should go out and buy it!” Also: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl! 10:39: Ted Cruz reminds people that Iran released the hostages “the day that Ronald Reagan took office” and a few months after Reagan campaign people met with Iranian go-betweens… More Legion of Doom: GOP debate #1, Part 8

Crunching numbers

In July 2015, I’m concerned about the Democrats keeping the White House, not at this point who should sit in the Oval Office, let alone whom should the press anoint the frontrunner. Ahem: If you want to understand why the debates over the Confederate flag and Donald Trump’s immigration outbursts have so many senior Republicans… More Crunching numbers

Fairness, etc

“Republicans say they’ll get you as far as your employer’s door, while Democrats want to walk inside with you” is the fairest thing any liberal’s written about a Republican since Eisenhower died, and Paul Waldman‘s dissection of the details in the president’s executive decision to raise the income necessary to quality for overtime hours is… More Fairness, etc

‘Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her’

An avid reader of a coffee table children’s Bible my grandmother had bought me in third grade, I was aware of Solomon’s seven hundred wives, Lot’s daughters drunken date rape of their father, the priests of Baal’s throats getting sliced by the river for worshiping this graven image, and, most cruelly, Yahweh prohibiting beloved Moses… More ‘Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her’