POLITICS

This does not bode well for the GOP nor for America

Oh, now we like Dubya? And the Cheneys? How quickly we forget the past. The media has held both families up this week as respectable old-guard traditionalists — masked and responsible — celebrating their outspoken defenses of democracy against the modern GOP crazies: Trump, Boebert, Cruz, Taylor Green, and the rest. I am not the first one to say it, by any means, but I may be the first one to say it on your screen today, my friends. I call bullshit. This is dangerous. These people are just an inch north of crazy themselves. …

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The most amusing shot in Wednesday night’s broadcast of the president’s speech to a joint session of Congress — alas, it was not an official “State of the Union Address” — was of a masked Bernie Sanders. You could only imagine the smirk hiding under his COVID-cover, as he listened to a normally centrist Joe Biden call for so much of what Sanders has been ranting about for years: free college, paid sick leave, an exciting future of electric cars and green jobs; the list goes on. We couldn’t see it, but the smirk was likely a mix of “I…


The first address by the president to a joint session of Congress is called just that: an ‘address’

Quick civics lesson. I just learned this myself and thought I would share it with you. You may be wondering why President Biden’s first major address to a joint session of Congress was not called the “State of the Union.” Isn’t that what we call the annual address? The red team sits on one side, the blue team on the other, and they applaud and scowl at alternating moments throughout the evening. It’s a stodgy football game — tennis match? I don’t know; I’m not a sports guy — of politics, policy, and pride.

The event has its own initialism…


VACCINATED TRAVEL

Hello from Montenegro

Photo by Jakub Dziubak on Unsplash

There is little I — nor any of us — could have predicted about 2021. Had you told me at the height of the pandemic that my first plane trip post-vaccine would be to one of Europe’s smallest countries, Montenegro, I would have thought you mad. After a year solo in my New York apartment, working from my dining room table, talking to my lamp (“Larry”), and trying to keep insanity at bay by reading, watching Netflix, and pondering the state of our nation and the world, I boarded a plane last week to the former Yugoslavia. I just re-read…


TELEVISION

Keep calm and watch on

Early on during the pandemic, I decided to limit my TV binging. I was solo in an apartment in New York City for what was supposed to be two weeks. It turned out to be nearly 52. Since I am already prone to curling up in the fetal position on the couch when the world sucks the life out of me, I thought it best not to spend my time at home too glued to the tube. Home from the office, I read books. I tidied the house Marie Kondo-style. …


PERSONAL ESSAY

Thoughts on my first plane trip since “Before”

Delta Airlines Ad, 1950s | Photo Credit

I had never been on a plane until college. My friends are always surprised to learn that. (I had also never been to a concert nor had I eaten sushi, but those are stories for another time.) As a kid, we only really ever went on vacation to Florida, and we drove. Nothing says “family fun” like 24 hours in a Pontiac packed with three kids, 12 suitcases, bag lunches, and a cooler full of Capri Sun. Those trips were special, but they were long. …


MODERN LIFE

Why we do it and what to say instead

Saying “no” is just so hard sometimes that we would rather just lie. I have been overwhelmed by how popular my recent Medium essays have been that are focused on “How to Say No” and “How to Say No — At Work.” I’m not shocked. Apparently, hundreds of thousands of us struggle with these two tiny letters. We’re struggling now more than ever, as the number of emails that is sent daily worldwide has hit an all-time high of 319.6 billion, putting us on track to hit 376.4 billion by 2025. I know, some days it feels like all 319.6…


Doesn't negate it at all. I don't watch, so I don't know about that. But I used to work in unscripted television. It's not all so unscripted. He may have done those things but it could have also been completely produced. Not sure. His coming out nationally is still valuable, in my opinion.


SOCIETY

We have to say it publicly, even in 2021

I don’t like The Bachelor. Just not my thing. I think I have seen one episode, and I cringed. The speed-date nature of it, the ticking clock that you have to get together at the end, the now iconic roses. I’m good, thanks. That doesn’t mean, though, that I don’t know what the show is, how many people watch it loyally (over 5M each episode now in its 25th season), and the power that it has in our popular culture. It’s a reality show about the eternal quest for love. Nothing makes better storytelling for television.

That said, this morning…


REAL BOOKS

Titles, links, my quick notes on each

One of the great joys of the last year — if “joy” is a word you don’t cringe at hearing as you think of “pandemic” — has been a return to reading. Real reading, of real books. I was solo inside an apartment in New York City for nearly 52 weeks, so I had a lot of time to get back to the printed-and-bound page. I made myself a commitment early on: one TV show at a time. (For me, it was RuPaul’s Drag Race, Bridgerton, then The Crown. I like queens.) I had a sneaking suspicion that if I…

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