Life & Culture

I Don’t Want Trump Impeached

What I want for Trump is much simpler than impeachment: I want to see his approval rating fall to the low twenties, then to the teens. The low teens. I want to see him repudiated by America, and especially by the nearly half of voting Americans who thought, despite all evidence to the contrary,... Read More

Trump, Kim, and Wilhelm II

How close are we to nuclear war? Really? It’s September 2017, and we seem to be in the middle of a classic conflict spiral with North Korea that, without heroic intervention, will end up where conflict spirals usually end up: war. It’s disheartening to find myself hoping the other side will... Read More

The Call

It was confirmed yesterday: we live in one of those neighborhoods where neighbors—grown, adult neighbors—get into fistfights. Perhaps it was a once-in-a-decade event, but it has somewhat darkened my view of the neighborhood. Particularly after Bellevue. Peaceful Bellevue. There, people didn’t... Read More

My Imperfect Relationship with the Truth

“The last common grandmother of humans and chimpanzees lived six million years ago.” I like that statement, and I believe it. Don’t we all believe things we like, things we want to believe? I like the idea that I’m closely related to chimpanzees. It reinforces my worldview, my makeshift... Read More

This Is Marijuana, Washington State, 2015.

The other day we were driving up to Sequim and saw one of those guys along the side of the road who twirl the signs, usually advertisements for a mattress or furniture sale. This guy’s sign said “Cheap Weed.” It reminded me that marijuana is just another commodity here. It also reminded me of... Read More

Who Goes Nazi?

I recently came across Dorothy Thompson’s 1941 Harper’s piece, “Who Goes Nazi?” In it she describes a party game in which you look around the room and decide who at the party would embrace Nazism in America. Thompson had been a correspondent in Germany during the 1920s and 30s before being... Read More

Civil Discourse

Facebook post to a “political discussion group” a week or two into Trump’s presidency: “Hey, I’ve been checking in occasionally without participating, but I have a question. What do you think about President Trump’s constant lying? Is it important or unimportant? We’ve seen him lie... Read More

My Obama

I dreamed last night that President Obama was at our house doing handyman work. He wore the dark suit and tie, looking presidential, but he was building something. He had run out of nails, so I was collecting old ones and cleaning them up for him. He opened a trap door in the yard and scrounged... Read More

You Can’t Win

I have these curious dreams where I’m with a group of people, say at a party or something, and they’re all extremely bright and witty and deep, and I sit there stumped and amazed as they spin verbal rings around me. Awake, I console myself with the knowledge that it’s all me, even the most... Read More

Family Feud

I recently humiliated someone very dear to me—publicly—and I have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, I wish he hadn’t felt humiliated; on the other, I don’t regret what I did. This, I guess, is how feuds start. It began when he forwarded an email to me and about twenty other... Read More