A Love Letter to Mel Brooks
Thanks for being so funny for so long. Dear Mel Brooks, As you know, you are great. I’ve enjoyed your work my whole life, but I’ve never said thank you. Granted, my whole life adds up to less than half of yours. But even half your age is, you know. So I’m overdue to say…
The people missing from “Save Hicks Lake”
It was my very distinct impression that the evidence, opinions and materials submitted regarding these projects came from a very specific demographic. Although one person identified himself as a truck driver, for the most part they were people like me — white collar workers who live near the lake and who had the time, education,…
Smoked goods are good for the family
Podcast episode 2.3 with Kevin Mayer Kevin Mayer has taken up smoking. And I don’t mean of the nicotine variety, but smoking all variety of foods, from bacon-wrapped Oreos to cheeses and beyond. I really enjoy his focus on family and the way when we cook, we bring family together. Hope you enjoy this episode.…
A weekend jaunt goes right
Some of the kids were with other family over President’s Day weekend, and my wife and I decided to try to make a break for it on short notice, with our four-year-old in tow. But where to go? Most places we checked were booked, or at least everything but the kind of corporate hotel you…
Hey Assholes, it’s August.
Listen, I know there are market forces at work initiating the removal of the camp chairs and tiki torches. But that doesn’t give you the right to move us all into late October. It’s still August, you assholes. A quick celestial reminder. Summer ends on Sept. 22, when we are halfway between the longest and…
Maybe I should give to those I see
Just in time for the holidays, I’ve been reconsidering how I give to charity, or rather, whether I give to people who panhandle, rather than organizations.
There’s a Robot in My House
The three year old (Son No. 4) likes to wake him up in the morning. He summons Sven with the remote control, pressing the button with crushing force.
Why Portland Protesters Will Never Tire
The Battle of Portland rages still. Having worn down federal agents and local police, leftist protesters spent a recent weekend in gas-choked melees with a motley, right-wing “Back the Blue” rally. The remarkable endurance of these protests is subject to debate. The May 25 death of George Floyd under the knee of a Minneapolis police…
What this is all about
I’m launching this blog to advocate for seeing American politics and society differently. All politics are identity politics of a kind. I say this as some one who has spent his adult life working in and around politics. Some of it is beneficial to society (“We’re the kind of people who care about kids”) and…