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Living in Trumpestuous Times

Things are heating up. From the NYT: President Trump lashed out at the nation’s intelligence agencies again on Wednesday, saying that his former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, was brought down by illegal leaks to the news media All … Continue reading

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The Flynn Effect

A good point from Noah Millman, Damon Linker, and Eli Lake about Flynn’s ouster. From Linker: The United States is much better off without Michael Flynn serving as national security adviser. But no one should be cheering the way he was … Continue reading

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Are You There, Sensitivity Reader? It’s Me, Margaret

Katy Waldman describes how authors are using “sensitivity readers” to give input on manuscripts: These advising angels—part fact-checkers, part cultural ambassadors—are new additions to the book publishing ecosystem. Either hired by individual authors or by publishing houses, sensitivity readers are … Continue reading

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Cuck or Rabbit?

[T]he swift release of President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration without much advice or feedback from the affected bureaucracies may be evidence that the administration is completely centralizing control within the office of the president. Or it might be because … Continue reading

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A Dis, of Course

Hey, why are you reading the interwebs, you grimy little appeaser? You could be punching Nazis right now. I finally caught up with Freddie deBoer’s posts on the Spencer punch incident. (See this among others.) I’m not sure why I … Continue reading

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To Dream the Impossiblie Dream

The Onion tells us how to fix the internet: Across the world, discussions have taken place as to how the internet, if it is one day revived, could be made less appalling. Several guidelines have reportedly been proposed, including a … Continue reading

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Even Autocrats Can Be Incompetent

David Brooks, two weeks ago, on Trump’s erratic leadership: If the figure at the center can’t give consistent, clear and informed direction, the whole system goes haywire, with vicious infighting and creeping anarchy. Thus the current centrist consensus: that the … Continue reading

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Notes on Nicks

There’s some okay stuff in this Amanda Petrusich piece on Stevie Nicks. Her comments on Nicks’ “girlishness,” for one. Long before Lady Gaga wore a mantle of bunched Kermit dolls, Nicks was dressing with the corny exuberance of a girl who’d … Continue reading

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A Little More on Clinton

I’ve been thinking more about this argument liberals are having. How much should we blame Hillary Clinton for losing the election? Did running Clinton as a candidate have anything to do with Trump’s win? Would someone else have been better? … Continue reading

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Taking the Measure of Clinton’s Poor Performance

A few days ago the wife and I were discussing our primary votes. I confessed I had decided to cast what I called a “naïve” vote for Hillary Clinton. In using the word naïve, I meant I had made a … Continue reading

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