For 73 years, the United States Constitution held together, crudely, like a quilt of bandaids, all of the piles of compromises that were required to keep petulant… Read more “Maps of America”
The world is a business, Mr. Beale.
Stephen Colbert Wins
He won a Peabody. His winning “Super PAC” segments embody some of my favorite rules – both from writing and improv: He says his responsibility is to… Read more “Stephen Colbert Wins”
What The World Needs Now Is…
More of this, please. If you don’t know what this Goya riff is working from, behold: the future. From Eater: The owner of a café in the… Read more “What The World Needs Now Is…”
#OWS as a Judd Apatow Movie
What if Occupy Wall Street incorporated as an investment bank and an attached savings bank? And what if at #Occupy demonstrations around the country, protestors could walk… Read more “#OWS as a Judd Apatow Movie”
Orwell’s “In Front of Your Nose”
An excerpt from the master’s essay “In Front of Your Nose”: “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle. One thing that… Read more “Orwell’s “In Front of Your Nose””
Chris Hayes, Roger Hodge, Ari Berman and Adam Green Have An Intelligent Conversation on Teevee
So rare. It’s amazing. I can’t believe it happened.
GOTV Soundtrack Memories
The last week of GOTV election time always makes me think of the song that was playing on a loop in my head while I worked politics… Read more “GOTV Soundtrack Memories”
The Second Coming by W.B. Yeats
Bumped back to the top. I was trying to think of something to write about the election until I remembered that I already said what I wanted… Read more “The Second Coming by W.B. Yeats”
One hundred years ago, conservatives argued against my grandparents getting married on the grounds that they were from different religions. The conservatives rested their case on 3,459 year… Read more “Marriage Funnies”
RFK’s “We Dissent” Speech
It is not enough to allow dissent. We must demand it. For there is much to dissent from: …We dissent from the fact that millions are trapped… Read more “RFK’s “We Dissent” Speech”
What if Coke Saved the Planet?
Considering how Copyright laws are so strictly enforced, and multinational corporations the size of Coca-Cola & Company have such control over governments, I discovered how Coke could… Read more “What if Coke Saved the Planet?”
The Internet as Third Place
Ray Oldenburg is an urban sociologist who writes about the importance of informal public gathering places. In his book The Great Good Place, Oldenburg demonstrates why these… Read more “The Internet as Third Place”