Entries from July 2015

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

NY Times Book Review: Emma Sky’s “The Unraveling”

The American Adam — naive, armed, and dangerous — stomping about a world he fails to grasp and in whose boundless narcissism broods “Why do they hate us?”: “Throughout the months, and then years, that Sky spent in Iraq, she was amazed at the naivete she encountered among the Americans. ‘When I arrived, one of […]

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Arms Control

They declared their intention to destroy us and our allies. They supplied terrorists and proxy wars. They demonstrated themselves to be cunning and untrustworthy. But our president engaged them in negotiations to control nuclear arms. They were the Soviet Union; the president was Ronald Reagan.

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Sex and the Single Cybernaut #Tinder #AdamGopnik #thelongviewtom

“Sexual manners in the age of Tinder tend to ease, or eroticize, ethnicity. Ethnic identity is still important as an abstract artifact of ‘pride,’ but pride, which goeth before a fall, also goeth, so to speak, before a rise.” –Adam Gopnik, “June, Moon, Tune,” The New Yorker