It seemed like a straightforward invitation. Dinner at an upscale uptown
restaurant, sponsored by a drug company, where the topic was to be
Among the obscenities accumulating in the political atmosphere, the most
disgusting may be Trent Lott.
For a brief moment one could almost believe that the US march toward war
with Iraq had paused.
It's still the economy, stupid. The President gets it.
A sense of the larger picture is growing among US citizens, notably,
though not only, among a young generation, along with a revulsion
against official and corporate contempt for the will and w
The same week that New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg announced his
plans to close eight city firehouses, Mike Wallace, John Jay College
professor and bard of New York, held a conference on "Ne
So Elliott Abrams (the felon) is back,
And Poindexter's now a big cheese.
High-level appointments now favor the guys
With rap sheets instead of CVs.
Napoleon would sketch out in an afternoon the new constitution and legal
arrangements for one of France's imperial conquests.
When I was in college, I joined a court-watching project in Roxbury,
Massachusetts. We observed criminal trials, then interviewed judges,
lawyers and witnesses.
Recently, while doing some research into social conditions in the early twentieth century, I came across a reference to Looking Backward, written in 1888.
Dinesh D'Souza became a right-wing campus radical at Dartmouth in the late Carter years. His motives should be recognizable to former campus radicals of the other variety.
Last year marked the "twentieth anniversary" of AIDS, a grim occasion, to say the least, that put major US newspapers in an unenviable predicament.
Frederick Seidel of St. Louis, Missouri, is probably the last American decadent--certainly he is the most distinguished.
The great disparity in the critical reaction to Caryl Churchill's Far Away, now playing Off Broadway, serves to remind us that opinions are just that--neither right nor wrong, but rather we