Why they trust Trump

Gerry Mander’s excellent book Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television points out that we take in television as if it is real: we believe it in a way we do not believe either movies or books. Another thing I have noticed is that I form attachments even...

Why they all hate Hillary

It’s the same old same old misogyny. Susan Faludi laid it all out in her 1991 book Backlash. The more women have gained, the more push-back there is from the forces ever arrayed against progress. It’s the same old same old for Hillary. No other American...

Climate change: not bloody enough

It’s still “if it bleeds, it leads.” Even Secretary of State John Kerry has declared terrorism to be a more urgent threat than climate change. It is more abjectly terrifying and immediate, sure. Maybe it’s just about the choice of word:...

Summer salad

Shira and I are working up the menu for a dinner party next week. First item decided upon is a variation on the greek salad: Cucumber, quartered and sliced thin Black botija olives, pitted and quartered Fresh goat feta, diced Green onions, chopped Umeboshi vinegar, a...