We’ve Got A New Republican Administration, So We Have To Hear This Again

Emma Green, whose job at The Atlantic involves taking religion seriously, wonders why Democrats don’t take religion serious and don’t talk to the 81% of evangelical voters who voted for Donald Trump. I understand that it can be a mystery why some people voted for Donald Trump, particularly if you’re one of those people who don’t… Continue reading We’ve Got A New Republican Administration, So We Have To Hear This Again

When a Tweet of Mine About the Affordable Care Act Goes Viral

I’ve never had a Tweet go viral like this before. My small contribution to the tweets of those angry about the GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act has been retweeted a little over 1,300 times as of now. That’s not a lot for famous people, but it’s more than I’ve ever gotten. It freaks me out… Continue reading When a Tweet of Mine About the Affordable Care Act Goes Viral

President Elect Donald Trump Has Conflicts of Interest In At Least 20 Countries. How Dangerous Can That Be?

Donald Trump’s global business interests, which he refuses to abandon or place in a legitimate blind trust, not only raise the possibility of influence peddling and graft unseen in past administrations, but also threaten to make U.S. foreign policy subservient to the investment portfolio of a fraud. From the New York Times: The globe is… Continue reading President Elect Donald Trump Has Conflicts of Interest In At Least 20 Countries. How Dangerous Can That Be?

What You’d Have to Believe To Believe Trump’s Newest Conspiracy Theory

I’ve written about conspiracy theories on this site before, mainly with a view toward sussing out the difference between genuine conspiracy and fantastical nonsense (Climate change denial, Kurt Cobain was murdered, chemtrails). Well, we have to come back to this thanks to Donald Trump, who believes (or claims, anyway) that the recent spate of sexual… Continue reading What You’d Have to Believe To Believe Trump’s Newest Conspiracy Theory

Damon Linker is Concerned About the Height of Young People’s Happiness (Sigh)

Why do it do this to myself? Why do I read The Week. I know Damon Linker’s there. I already think of him as a gasbag and a twit. Nobody’s paying me to research his work. Reading him and giving him more than a passing thought must be akin to my impulse to tug at a hangnail. So,… Continue reading Damon Linker is Concerned About the Height of Young People’s Happiness (Sigh)

Introversion, the Literary Community, and Me

Meghan Tift wrote a piece in The Atlantic called “The Agony of Community” that got me thinking about my own relationship, or lack of it, with the Seattle literary community. Whether we’re behind the podium or awaiting our turn, numbing our bottoms on the chill of metal foldout chairs or trying to work some life into our… Continue reading Introversion, the Literary Community, and Me