Guest Post: Damar Hamlin and Just Not Knowing

by Laura Sommers  Monday night, in a late-season game between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals, Damar Hamlin took a hit on a tackle, shook himself, stood up, and collapsed. Cardiac arrest, we found out about 12 hours later. The game was suspended, and so was football. All the stupefied reporters and squirmy official … Continue reading Guest Post: Damar Hamlin and Just Not Knowing

Moving Day

It’s Inauguration Day,* when we observe the peaceful transfer of power from one party — one individual — to another, a day when we breathe a momentary sigh of relief that, against all odds, the fragile fabric of the republic has held one more time, a day when, no matter our political affiliation or private beliefs, … Continue reading Moving Day

The Longest Home

When I was growing up, my family and I were American Bedouins, briefly rooted, then moving on. We were children and I suspect our parents were too, though to us they were gods who determined our fate. In their first fourteen years of marriage they would have ten different homes. My father was a salesman … Continue reading The Longest Home

The Acceptance Speech Joe Biden Should Give

My fellow Americans, I come before you in this time of one of the greatest crises in our nation’s history to offer a message of gratitude, a message of hope, and a message of resolve. The gratitude goes out to all of you who continue to support my candidacy with your time and your effort … Continue reading The Acceptance Speech Joe Biden Should Give

The Shame of It All

What we used to call shame is being shamed out of existence. We are not supposed to feel it, and we are certainly not supposed to inflict it. But what else do we lose when we dispense with a sense of shame? To define the word is to understand why the current culture reviles it. … Continue reading The Shame of It All

Post-Pandemic Derangement Syndrome

We’re beginning to see glimmerings of that elusive light at the end of the tunnel. Biden’s rescue package got passed, the vaccines are trickling down to more and more age groups and risk categories, and we can just barely foresee the day when we’ll be able to get together over dinner indoors, or see the … Continue reading Post-Pandemic Derangement Syndrome

The Activist “Originalism” of the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court’s decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, handed down yesterday, was as glumly predictable as the Court’s reversal today of Roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. Each is a product of the Trump-appointed, Federalist Society-picked majority that applies, with a damn-the-consequences determination, an ideologically conservative … Continue reading The Activist “Originalism” of the Supreme Court

McConnell’s “Parallel Government”

Hypocrisy is commonplace in our politics, but usually politicians attempt to maintain at least the appearance of logical consistency between their public pronouncements and their cherished ideological positions. Not so Mitch McConnell, who issued a statement yesterday decrying the fact that several corporations, along with Major League Baseball, have taken action or commented negatively on Georgia’s new, … Continue reading McConnell’s “Parallel Government”

You Never Know the Last Time

This past week, in the wooded hills above St. Helena, California, the place where my wife and I were married burned. An unchecked wildfire, one of dozens in California that have consumed nearly four million acres this dry and windy season, torched the trees we stood beneath fifteen years ago this month, and levelled the … Continue reading You Never Know the Last Time

The View from Room B: College, Diversity, and the End of Affirmative Action

Imagine a cocktail party. You arrive to find two rooms full of people. One room, call it Room A, is full of white, heterosexual people in a narrow age range, all similarly dressed for a cocktail party and all speaking English. The second room, Room B, is populated with a mix of whites (say, 30%), … Continue reading The View from Room B: College, Diversity, and the End of Affirmative Action