“The tragedy of Dorothy Parker, it seems to me, isn’t that she succumbed to alcoholism or died essentially alone. It was that she was too intelligent to believe that she had made the most of herself.”
New York Review of Books
On the 1988 presidential election and the boys on the bus.
“American reporters ‘like’ covering a presidential campaign (it gets them out on the road, it has balloons, it has music, it is viewed as a big story, one that leads to the respect of one’s peers, to the Sunday shows, to lecture fees and often to Washington), which is one reason why there has developed among those who do it so arresting an enthusiasm for overlooking the contradictions inherent in reporting that which occurs only in order to be reported.”
“I’ll tell you what freedom is to me: no fear. I mean really, no fear!”
A trip to the zoo, Charlie Kaufman’s new film, and human despair.
How a tattooed video store clerk with a history of drinking and drug use ended up at an Islamic self-help class leading to the birth of ISIS.
An exchange on faith and politics in America.
Dolphins may have the capacity for mourning, and elephants sometimes bury their dead.
How the prolific crime novelist did his work.
On America, Christianity, and “ignorance, intolerance, and belligerent nationalism.”
The aftereffects of youthful escapes into movie houses.
The Pope’s vision for addressing climate change.