Tag Archives: America

An America That Elects Donald Trump Isn’t Great, And Never Was

Can we now all agree: America was never great. Particularly before you live here, America is easy to fall in love with. For one, it’s massive. Romantic notions of San Francisco, New Orleans, and Boston can comfortably co-exist – even though, in … Continue reading

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Ed Snowden, the N.S.A., and the Myth of Complexity

Shame on me, I’ve been awful slow to pay any meaningful attention to the N.S.A., in spite of its massive, unprecedented-in-the-course-of-human-history failure to extend me the same basic courtesy. It doesn’t matter if we ignore it, it’s not ignoring us – hiding, … Continue reading

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Woody Allen and What He Did (Or Didn’t) Do

Writing this on the train home from work, I’m flecked with that familiar dirty mix of snow and salt that New York gets covered in every now and then. It’s bad and dispiriting enough, and leaves you feeling in perpetual … Continue reading

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Sale of the Centuries

This week: the lyrics to Star Spangled Banner, interspersed with YouTube videos of Walmart on Black Friday. You know the tune. Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming? … Continue reading

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An American in New York (…Me)

First, the bombings in Boston on Patriot’s Day prompted a surge of nostalgia and bonhomie among me and about a dozen fellow Boston University graduates. All of us sharing the same basic sentiment: that was a great time we had, … Continue reading

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Republican Strategy Memo

Figured I’d take a week off blogging this Thanksgiving week. Not, though, a week off from posting… Here’s a little something I came across out in the farther reaches of the blogosphere a couple nights ago (what can I say? … Continue reading

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4th of July, New Jersey Transit (Miss You)

Here’s part two of my 4th of July two-parter (part one was yesterday), in which I love crazy old America, after all. (The four biggest reasons why.) Happy independence – glad we managed to stay friends and what-not, you know? … Continue reading

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