Winter Campaign

The state of affairs having displeased me, I drove up to New Hampshire on Sundays to volunteer for one of the candidates. This was my most substantive engagement with a presidential campaign since reading What It Takes. On my first afternoon, I walked in and introduced myself to another volunteer. Amiable guy, and we talked […]

Western Civilization

  Masha Gessen: We moved to Boston, not the smiliest city in this country. Tyler Cowen: Quite the contrary.   Summer brought me to Michigan, Illinois, Colorado, and Washington state, and I was once again reminded how much more pleasant people are when they’re not in the Northeast. I was chatting [see? Even he’s nicer […]

Greetings

  There’s also a much-loved tradition of using our landing lights to greet fellow pilots in the world’s most remote skies, where we might cruise for hours without seeing another aircraft. Then, perhaps from 40 miles away or more, we spot the strobe lights of an aircraft approaching at a different altitude. I reach up […]

Thanks

  The first business day after the old man’s death saw me spending a lot of time on the phone. I kind of hate talking on the phone to begin with, so to clear my head I took Roosevelt out for a walk. While in the park he started furiously pawing at something in the […]

Gone till September

  I see you cryin’ but, Gentle Reader, I can’t stay. I’m going to write some other stuff for a while. In the meantime: 1) What has four letters and fills your mailbox? That’s right, m-a-i-l! Oh. You were thinking something else? In that case, William Schaff can fix that. I can’t tell you how […]

Stultiloquies

  1. I Am (Not) the Cosmos The United States basked in the glory of a total eclipse on Monday, as the moon’s shadow swept from the rocky beaches of Oregon to the marshes of South Carolina. – The New York Times, August 21, 2017 The eclipse occurred while Twins 1&2 were in my care. […]

Looney Tunes

    Imagine if you could write something beautiful, only to do so you had to make each A on the keyboard a B, and each B a C. Or rather, the A a Z, and the B an E. Why not just… Well, you see my question. I’ve been picking up the acoustic guitar […]