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

A MESSAGE FROM GRACIE

It has come to my attention that there is a pug named Brandy who surfs and snow-boards! She has some YouTube videos, which my mother showed me, and is quite busy on Instragram. As the readers of my book (The

WHY I HATE POLITICS

I am not an objective person on the subject of politics. I have hated politics for most of my life. When I was a kid, the dinner table conversation inevitably veered in that direction. My father was not yet involved

THE HERO OF SOUTH CAROLINA

I don’t know if I could have done it — stood there recording as a man was shot in the back by a police officer while he was running away. Feidin Santana was just walking to work like he did

DEATH WITH DIGNITY

When my sister Maureen was dying from melanoma, she did not choose to “go gently into that good night.” She fought. She took a slew of experimental drugs (including Thalidomide, which they thought might chase the tumors that were popping

INDIANA’S LUNCH COUNTER POLITICS

The phrase “religious freedom” has wobbly boundaries, if it has any at all. In the 30s and 40s, religious, church-going people would pack a picnic basket, dress up the kids, and gather in a field to watch the public lynching

MONICA LEWINSKY’S RETURN

If anyone thinks it’s easy to step onto the public stage after having been ridiculed mercilessly and used as a media punching bag, think about the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done in your life — the mistake in judgment

IN MEMORY OF MELISSA

I didn’t know her well. I saw her several times a week, whenever I worked out at the Santa Monica stairs. A trainer, she was a dependable presence there. We always said hello, and occasionally we had brief, casual conversations. 

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