Heroes and Villains: Brian Wilson, Donald Trump

I just watched the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors for Brian Wilson. For reasons that are easy to guess -- his life story, his genius, his music -- I am sobbing.  For other things, too: for him, for us; in gratitude, in fear. A decade later, neither the country nor the world look anything like they … Continue reading Heroes and Villains: Brian Wilson, Donald Trump

When Clark Kent Quit the Daily Planet

"I was taught to believe you could use words to change the course of rivers -- that even the darkest secrets would fall under the harsh light of the sun...But facts have been replaced by opinions. Information has been replaced by entertainment. Reporters have become stenographers. I can't be the only one who's sick of … Continue reading When Clark Kent Quit the Daily Planet

Superman, Mark Twain, and Lawrence Lessig: Congress Is The Light That Never Goes On

A few days ago, I posted a link to this piece by Lawrence Lessig.  It's something of a love letter to Newt Gingrich in which Lessig blames the former Speaker  for most of Washington's current dysfunction.  According to Lessig, Newt was the architect of the current winner-take-all, reelection obsessed profanities posing as politics.  I'm not … Continue reading Superman, Mark Twain, and Lawrence Lessig: Congress Is The Light That Never Goes On