RADIO DERB

Cold Numbers

Most people, including most of the people paid to write public commentary, are innumerate; and that makes much of what they say worthless.


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Scandal

Refuge from the Refugees

Refuge from the Refugees

A woman friend once told me that the secret of being a bitch is to tell the truth in...

Injured Parties

Checking Iron Age Barbarian Prejudice

Checking Iron Age Barbarian Prejudice

In his New York Times column “Checking Charlie Hebdo’s Privilege,” Ross Douthat...

Looking Back

More Mailer

More Mailer

One of those self important, so called pundits once asked Norman Mailer if fascism...

Obit

Günter Grass:Truth and Lies

Günter Grass:Truth and Lies

Right after I hit “send” on my second last column – the one about being short...

Commerce

Obama’s Republican Collaborators

Obama’s Republican Collaborators

The GOP swept to victory in November by declaring that this imperial presidency must...

Elections

Conveniently Latino

Conveniently Latino

About three weeks ago I had already grown Officially Tired of Election 2016, so I...

News

The Week That Perished

The Week That Perished

The Week’s Most Maddening, Saddening, and Fattening Headlines THOSE DARNED GAYS...

Huh

The Psychology of Modern Celebrity

The Psychology of Modern Celebrity

Nothing human is alien to me, I understand nothing that is human: I cannot quite make...

RADIO DERB

Mostly Politics, a Frisson of Racial Indignation, and a Smidgeon of Salacity

Mostly Politics, a Frisson of Racial Indignation, and a Smidgeon of Salacity

We live in such an unromantic age.

Deep Thoughts

All You Need to Know About Hillary’s Campaign

All You Need to Know About Hillary’s Campaign

When our first black president was elected, people took to the streets to cheer. It...

Derbtown

Cops and Robbers

Cops and Robbers

What was your first thought on seeing that video clip of the white cop shooting the...

Britain

Tepee Time in London

Tepee Time in London

Guardian journalist Zoe Williams is worried. “Is the left in Britain still alive...