The bad guys are winning

If the 20th century was the story of slow, uneven progress toward the victory of liberal democracy over other ideologies—communism, fascism, virulent nationalism—the 21st century is, so far, a story of the reverse… More here. An obvious topic very well… Read More ›

The Geometry of Grief

“What exists, exists so that it can be lost and become precious,” Lisel Mueller wrote in her stunning poem about what gives meaning to our mortal lives as she neared, but never quite reached, the triumph of having lived a… Read More ›

Twist your hand around

A few years back I ended up having some injections in my elbow and multiple appointments because I was really struggling with continual pain. The decision was made to operate, even though this was by no means a certain cure,… Read More ›