Essays and Criticism
Fear of a Black President
As a candidate, Barack Obama said we needed to reckon with race and with America’s original sin, slavery. But as our first black president, he has avoided mention of race almost entirely. In having to be “twice as good” and “half as black,” Obama reveals the false promise and double standard of integration.
Why Do They Hate Us?
The real war on women is in the Middle East.
A Life Worth Ending
The era of medical miracles has created a new phase of aging, as far from living as it is from dying. A son’s plea to let his mother go.
Over the Wall
[Requires Subscription] What the dead don’t know piles up, though we don’t notice it at first.
State of the Species
Does success spell doom for Homo sapiens?