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Kurt Vonnegut’s Last And Worst Novel
2021-06-12 00:21
Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) was one of my favorite writers. One short story really resonated: Harrison Bergeron, who lives in a society so egalitarian that talented people are assigned (by… Read More
Republicans’ Deranged War On Fauci
2021-06-08 12:39
Just when you thought Republicans could not get more insane . . . . Now they’re rabidly focused on demonizing, of all people, Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of America’s disease co… Read More
Manifesto For A New Political Party
2021-06-04 13:10
We have a two-party system. Except that one is no longer a responsible legitimate party. After 53 years as a Republican, I became a Democrat as the only sane option. But I still hanker for a… Read More
2021-05-31 22:34
In Maryland, not long ago, a boy of 13 was riding in a car involved in a gang-related shooting. The state is one of many with the “felony murder” doctrine — any role in… Read More
Transgender Wars: Revisited
2021-05-27 22:26
My 4/29 essay, “Transgender Wars”* basically said transgendering is right and good for many people, while caution is needed when pre-teen and teen kids suddenly decide they&rs……Read More
Are Child Car Seats Contraceptive?
2021-05-25 12:38
The average U.S. woman birthed 2.12 children in the early ’70s but only 1.73 by 2018. And whereas car safety seats were first required only for tots under three, that has gradually… Read More
The Power Imbalance Between Good And Evil
2021-05-21 22:34
I literally wrote the book on optimism. Seeing people, and the world, improving over time. But that seems to have gone into reverse. The power of good is considerable. Most people are b… Read More
What’s The Big Deal With Wittgenstein?
2021-05-18 12:48
I was tickled when my publisher’s catalog displayed my book opposite one by philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. As if we’re on a par. Just name-drop Wittgenstein to sound intellectu… Read More
“2034: A Novel Of The Next World War”
2021-05-15 13:01
It starts with an incident in the South China Sea — in this much remarked 2021 novel by Elliot Ackerman and Admiral James Stavridis (head of the prestigious Fletcher School of Law and… Read More
About Those Meal Delivery Service Fees
2021-05-13 12:50
Not long ago, my local paper editorialized about supposedly exorbitant fees charged by meal delivery services. With many people still using this option, its economics remains a lively topic… Read More

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