Looking To Twenty-One

We're in the final hour, if I've timed this right, of the most memorable, awful, scary, weird, frustrating, infuriating year of our lives. Midnight absolutely can't get here soon enough. Springsteen warns about that kind of thinking, about rooting on tomorrow to come while missing out on today: My soul checked out missing as I… Continue reading Looking To Twenty-One

What to Think

Of all the numbers bombarding us in 2020 -- and 2020 has been nothing if not one ceaseless bombardment of sad statistics -- we should remember, more than any of them, 72+ million. In years ahead, when we finally have a chance to breathe freely, to eat out with no fear, to hug and shake… Continue reading What to Think

Give Us A Break

At some time around 3 o'clock in the morning on November 9, 2016, I sat stone-stunned awake at home, like many of us, thinking that I might never sleep again. I was thinking of my wife and my son, and of Hillary Clinton, and of the tens of millions of people who had just voted… Continue reading Give Us A Break

Six Weeks Out

Side-stepping the septic tank that is American politics these days is nearly impossible. You can pretend not to notice its existence, you can try to whistle your way past a lot of the stink and unpleasantness, but basically ignoring what's going on in this world, in this country, right here, right now ... well, in… Continue reading Six Weeks Out

Everybody’s Mad

Four months into the coronavirus crisis, and four tortuous months until the next presidential election, I'm beginning to wonder whether we'll make it to next weekend. Every day, every hour, every fricking minute these days is a slog. Everything is a battle. Everybody's mad. Whaddya say -- just spitballing here -- that we all self-isolate… Continue reading Everybody’s Mad

Courage and Conviction

You know, if it didn't involve bundling up and venturing out into public streets, and holding some hand-scribbled placard up for hours on end -- and then possibly running headlong into a bunch of wild-eyed, deaf, screaming lunatics in red hats -- I would totally be into protest. I mean, I have a conscience. I… Continue reading Courage and Conviction