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My 2017 Book List

With a really rough schedule this year, three kids, plus interruptions in reading due to other distractions such as the Serial and Undisclosed podcasts, I had a very fruitful year, finishing 24 books. Here’s what I read: Grant by Ron … Continue reading

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The First White President

UPDATE BELOW “The First White President” by Ta-Nehisi Coates is the most provocative and compelling article I have read to date about the phenomena of the Trump presidency. You may not like and it may make you feel uncomfortable, but … Continue reading

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Treason Should Be Remembered, Not Honored

One thing I never understood was how Confederate flagwavers could still be considered American patriots. Isn’t the Confederate flag by its very nature incompatible with the U.S. flag? Now even though I am from Maryland – technically a Southern state— … Continue reading

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Was America Ever Greater? We’re Doing Just Fine

Back in 1936 after having honored the United States with four gold medals in front of Nazi Germany, when asked about Hitler, Jesse Owen reminded his interviewer that the U.S. president would not receive him either at the White House … Continue reading

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My 2015 in Books

In 2015, I read some really great books, in particular the Elena Ferrante Neapolitan novels and Dan Sharfstein’s The Invisible Line. Here’s the list: The Martian by Andy Weir (currently reading) Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi The Story of … Continue reading

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America: We the Extremists

Recent events – be it the death toll in Gaza, police killings of unarmed Americans, or the Torture Report – highlight that mainstream America takes positions with respect to the use of and accountability for violence that everywhere else in … Continue reading

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Race in America

Today I had intended on writing something about Ferguson and how and why the Revolution would begin. I was going to explain how the system is supposed to work: prosecutors belong to the executive branch with the communities they serve … Continue reading

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Ferguson: A Little Perspective

With all the talk about our freedoms and after all the trillions we have spent (and continue to spend) on national defense and anti-terrorism since 9/11, you might be surprised to learn that more Americans are killed per year by … Continue reading

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