The Week

April 1-8, 2017 Finding Hope in Trump's Syrian Gesture        Ever since Donald Trump became president (and no, it’s still not possible to write that phrase without a spasm of incredulity), gallows humor has been, for some of us, the only resort.  It’s a state of mind in which you find yourself assuming … Continue reading The Week

The Pig-in-a-Poke Presidency

Trump is the personification of E.M. Forster’s one-line foretelling of the Twitter age, “how do I know what I think till I see what I say?”

What We Didn’t Vote For

I don’t know about you, but I still wake up every morning incredulous that Donald J. Trump has been elected to the Presidency of the United States. Just writing that sentence has the feel of vicious satire, and it’s a feeling that’s unlikely to diminish. He even looks like what central casting would offer up … Continue reading What We Didn’t Vote For

The Electoral College Strikes Back

[Readers please note: this re-post contains technical corrections to the description of the outcome of the election.] Of the many painful realities that have begun to sink in after last week's national election, one of the most painful is the fact that, despite reduced voter turnout for both of the major parties, more American voters cast their … Continue reading The Electoral College Strikes Back

Mourning In America

I went to bed on election night before the final truth was known, but the indications were that, astonishingly, Trump would win. I woke at four in the morning to what seemed an unnatural quiet, even the usual low hiss of the far highway traffic gone, as though a stunned silence had descended on the … Continue reading Mourning In America