Tea (Parties) and Sympathy

In the current issue of the New Yorker, my old classmate Ben McGrath goes inside the Tea Party movement. Ben is determined not to write-off the Tea Partiers as right-wing

John McCain is a Commie terrorist!

Frank Rich makes a compelling case: John McCain epitomizes the unpatriotic opposition. On Wednesday night he could be seen sneering when Obama pointed out that most of the debt vilified

NY Times vs. liberal censorship

Good for them: The 30-second [Super Bowl] spot, financed by the conservative religious group Focus on the Family, is said to recount the pregnancy of Pam Tebow, mother of the



There was a surprisingly good piece on the architecture of Dresden in the New Yorker this week by George Packer. (Subscription only.) It closed with this thought: The challenge of

The "Franchise Tag" in the NFL

Allow me to get a little sports bloggy for a minute, would you? Thanks. One of the enduring mysteries of the NFL to me is how harshly players react to

They found the WMD!

No, there isn’t any WMD in Iraq. But the Army Corps of Engineers believes it has found evidence of a long sought chemical weapons cache buried in my neighborhood during

The Final Season of Lost

Slate‘s doing what they do best: A roundtable!* This time on Lost! It’s all very exciting. I have to say that I’m looking forward to the series finale, but think

David Bowie in the movies

Reading an essay about how terrible the average musician is on film in Joe Queenan’s If You’re Talking to Me, Your Career Must Be in Trouble, I came across his

The empathy of Barack Obama

What I wanted to know was whether Barack Obama really understands me. Sure, we’ve had our differences. He’s a Democrat and I’m a Republican. Admittedly, I’ve criticized the President on