Thursday, October 10, 2019
In 2003 I was asked to speak at Clemson University, James Dickey's alma mater, about his work as a poet and mine as a journalist. The speech was adapted afterward into this essay published by the Clemson University Press, but, I fear, no longer available on line.
I am re-posting now as we enter a new phase of war in the Middle East, the result of so many bad decisions that were apparent 16 years ago exacerbated, now, by the miscalculations of the current administration.
My apologies for the format. I hope to re-post shortly as a PDF.
Friday, October 04, 2019
Three weeks ago I talked about the death of Western democracy with Brian Williams on MSNBC. The situation today is worse.
Three weeks ago I was talking with Brian Williams off camera on The 11th Hour about witnessing the death of democracy in Europe and the United States. He asked me to repeat my thoughts on air: a grim picture. It must have struck a nerve, with more than a quarter million views.
I noted at the time that we were seeing some pushback against the populists in Europe. Since then, the British Supreme Court and the U.S. House of Representatives have tried to restore some order, but resurrecting democratic norms is going to be a long struggle against bitter, potentially violent adversaries who claim to speak in the name of "the people."
Wednesday, October 02, 2019
The Greta Thunberg meltdown (with which I sympathize), the Zelensky call (with which I don't), the Khashoggi anniversary. The madness is endless.
Sunday, September 22, 2019
The attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities was an act of war, but Trump and the Saudis don't want to say so. At least not yet. There are reasons.
Monday, September 16, 2019
What a long, troubling week.
Sunday, September 08, 2019
Monday, September 02, 2019
I began the week in Paris writing about Berthe Morisot, and ended it in New York talking and writing about Trump and the G7.