Amy/Andy and the Orphans

Willowbrook. Any New Yorker of a certain age shudders at that name–and no, not because it was Geraldo Rivera who brought it to our attention. Willowbrook was a place of horrors all on… Continue reading

Let’s Promote Post-Ideological, Pro-Compromise Democrats… to Win

  My conception of who makes a good political candidate is changing, and fast. Until recently, there were certain people and certain positions I could never support. Candidates could not be evangelical Christians… Continue reading

Negotiating “Affordable” Housing

Over the past year, we’ve twice “won” New York City affordable housing lotteries. We learned quite a bit through the process, but pulled out in both cases. As I am a college professor,… Continue reading

Entertainment: The Real Value of Journalism? [In the Aftermath of Sam Nunberg’s Meltdown]

Until the mid-1830s, American journalism existed for politics. That is, most newspapers were supported by the largess of the politicians they supported. There were no government printing offices and the newspapers were products… Continue reading

Choosing Carefully

In a Facebook post linking to this article about the young anti-AR-15 activist David Hogg, NYU Culture and Communications professor Mark Crispin Miller wrote, ‚ÄúThis kid may not be a crisis actor, but… Continue reading

February 8, 1968: George Wallace for President?

Originally posted on 1968: Nothing Is Revealed:
By George Wallace presidential campaign, 1968 –, Public Domain, George Wallace, segregationist¬†par excellence, declares himself as an independent candidate for president on this day in…

“I Love a Parade”

On Bastille Day in 1965, I was a 13-year-old in Paris. On our way home from a year living in Thailand, my family was staying in the apartment of a college friend of… Continue reading

The Lost Tapes

This morning, the first day of the semester, I was babbling and told a story, a true one, that normally I elide. A colleague and I were talking about artifacts from earlier technologies… Continue reading

“Shallow Draughts Intoxicate the Brain”

Maybe we should be having an Alexander Pope moment: A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring: There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, And drinking largely… Continue reading

Mount Vernon in America Today

Can we maintain adoration when our beloved is stripped of aspiration, only flaws remaining? That’s what I’ve been asking, these past weeks, and I am getting more and more depressed that I have… Continue reading