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

The visitor and the stranger

On Monday, I woke up early and drove to the city where I grew up, where my family still runs a Honda dealership, to have the oil changed in my car. I made it there early, under cover of darkness, … 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 conservation of outrage, attention, and care in urgent conditions

A month ago, I was so close to cleaning up my act. In the long gaping months of election season, I had become more and more addicted to news and commentary, sometimes spending hours each morning reading about the latest … 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