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There’s No Debate: Trump Finally Did Something Positive!
We send thoughts and prayers because it is what it is. Also: America can kiss the next debate or two goodbye.
Barra Grant: ‘Miss America’s Ugly Daughter’ No More
It's one thing to grow up, and grow insecure, as the child of a celebrity. It's another thing to transcend it all with forgiveness.
If Stalin Had a Least-Favorite Musical, Would This Be It?
"The Glorious Death of Comrade What's-His-Name" is based on a 1928 play, "The Suicide," by Nikolai Erdman, who was later exiled to Siberia.
Hey, Arts Programmers: Um, There’s an Election…
Have you heard about the election? I mean, it's all over the news. And are you factoring the election into your programming?
What Finally Killed Off Superman? American Fascism
How America finished off the superhero that he was always meant to embody.
The Right Horror Flick to Distract From America’s Nightmare
Or maybe just watch "Queer Eye" again and remember the world isn’t always a big scary place run by a clown.
Was Working For Donald Trump Really Worth Your Reputation?
Sometimes you're Hope Hicks. Sometimes you're Madeleine Westerhout. Sometimes you're Sean Spicer.
What I Got Out of My Lunch with the New NEA...
In June 2018, President Trump appointed Mary Anne Carter to be Acting Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. The press at the...
How Abortion Narratives Are Changing in Hollywood
Amazingly, encouragingly, the subject is suddenly everywhere.
Warren/Buttigieg: Progressive 2020 Fantasy League, Part II
A combination of legal, legislative, financial, military and executive experience that would be very attractive.
In Search of a Gentleman
Not distrusting the patriarchy -- but having very different reactions to Buttigieg and Sanders.
For Quality Cultural Diplomacy, Watch Hulu’s ‘Ramy’
With laughter and understanding across religions and culture, 'Ramy' is the future -- for the next generation and beyond.
Biden Is Really the Best Democrats Can Do?
After the supposed front-runner's no-good, very very bad week, it's an open question.
Hello Libertarian, My Old Friend
He launched a movement to reform our two-party system. He remains committed to it.
Let Them Eat Culture: Notre Dame and the Collateral Damage of...
Where they elite meet to...not care about anyone but the elite. As usual.
Democrats, Don’t Eat Your Candidates — Groom Them
A vigorous primary makes for a more durable candidate.
Will Chicago’s New Mayor Support the City’s Artists?
The current mayor of Second City may know his pas de basque from his brisé, but the next mayor has to know what its artists need.
My Personal Reasons for Wanting Ralph Northam to Resign
The author's mother was more "Edith than Archie." What was she not? Sophisticated.
Biden, Harris, Castro: Do Their Books Have Literary Merit?
Do we need our candidates and public officials to be John Updike or Joan Didion?
Teenagers: America’s Political Trojan Horse?
Why do we hide our political messages behind our children? Or attack teenagers for theirs?