Commentary

Enemies far and near

It’s now increasingly clear that the US president has a cozy relationship with the Russian state—a relationship that is at best incautious, at worst sinister. This has understandably whipped the country into another round of political bloodletting. Can it really … Continue reading

Collegial elections

Election Day is widely believed to have been a month and a half ago, but in fact Election Day is today: the day that those mysterious decisionmakers, the Electors, gather in their College to formally decide who will be the … Continue reading

The first week of the world of now

On Route 4 between Grafton and Danbury, there is a farmstead—perhaps a former bed and breakfast—called The White House. Sometime this past summer, a “Make America Great Again” sign appeared below The White House’s wooden placard. This was a foreboding … Continue reading

Why I Am Not A Technician

A few weeks ago, a piece of computer hardware arrived in the mail: a device which makes it possible to replace a laptop’s CD drive with a hard drive. I unpacked the box, flipped my laptop belly-up, and went to … Continue reading

The nation laughs last

Yesterday British voters decided that their country should leave the European Union. I have never been so disheartened by the outcome of an election in which I had so little a personal stake. Since I am neither a European nor … Continue reading