“Isn’t it time to acknowledge the ugly side? I’ve grown quite weary of the spunky heroines, brave rape victims, soul-searching fashionistas that stock so many books. I particularly mourn the lack of female villains — good, […]
Celebrities don’t exist. Not really. They are characters in a public drama, which is why, whenever someone meets them — or rather, the person of the same name who plays them — there’s always an […]
My Dungeon Shook: Letter to My Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of Emancipation from “The Fire Next Time” (1963) by James Baldwin, a potent and lyrical essayist. Dear James: I have begun this letter […]
Optimism — one of Superman’s often-overlooked superpowers.
The Bradford pear in our back yard has sprouted its winter berries. As I sat drinking my coffee this morning, I watched a pair of red-breasted robins fight over it. They were both driven away […]