CELEBRITY APOLOGIES

Now that Ariana Grande has apologized again for licking donuts that an unsuspecting customer might buy, using an obscenity to the hard-working store clerk and then saying, “I hate America. I hate Americans,” I think we need to address the

ON AMERICA’S BIRTHDAY

I wonder if Ann Coulter and Donald Trump will reflect at all on this day about the fact that this country was founded by immigrants. The only true Americans are Native Americans. Everyone else traveled across oceans to claim this

MARRIAGE EQUALITY

When I was growing up my brother and I called our parents’ closest friends Aunt and Uncle, even though these couples obviously weren’t related to us. We had quite a few aunts and uncles, and we had one couple who

NO SAFE PLACE LEFT

When I was a kid I used to watch Westerns on TV. Not only did the good guys always win, but if a bad guy was shooting at someone and the person ran into a church, even the worst bad

RACHEL DOLEZAL’S RACIAL IDENTITY

When I was 15, I wanted to be black. I was at an all-white boarding school in Arizona, my father had just been elected Governor of California and was angrily criticizing every segment of the 60s revolution — the Black

ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF MY FATHER’S DEATH

There was a full moon the night before my father died. Like the moon a few nights ago that shone through my window, bright as a prayer. Eleven years have passed since my father’s death and, strange as it may

JOSH DUGGAR AND OTHER REALITY SHOW TRAINWRECKS

Maybe TLC should do a reality show about apologies — they’re getting a lot of practice. Before “Mama June” — the corpulent matriarch of the Honey Boo-Boo clan — was discovered to be having a relationship with a convicted sex

WATER WARS

A few weeks ago I drove past a neighbor’s house and saw the gardener hosing down the driveway and the sidewalk. I pulled over and told him he isn’t allowed to do that anymore, there is a drought — surely

BALTIMORE AND BEYOND

Amadou Diallo. Sean Bell. Walter Scott. Charley Robinet, Lavall Hall. Trayvon Martin. Eric Garner. Tamir Rice. Michael Brown. Freddie Gray. These are just a few of the black men and boys recently shot dead by white police officers. But the

JOHN HINCKLEY

In 2000 I wrote a piece for Time magazine about John Hinckley’s first attempt to get unsupervised visits into Williamsburg, Virginia. He was already allowed supervised day trips off the grounds of Saint Elizabeths Hospital. It was a lengthy article

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