HOW LIARS WIN

Many years ago, I got involved with a man who was the most charming, effective liar I have ever met. My questionable taste in men aside, I did not know how utterly dishonest he was for quite a while because

THE MEN WHO WOULD DESTROY EARTH

In the time it takes you to inhale and exhale, swaths of the Amazon rainforest will have burned. Countless animals will have died. We will never know the true death toll. 10% of the species living on this planet reside

IT’S THE PLANET, STUPID

In 1973, Richard Nixon, hardly a nature boy, was intelligent enough to know that the balance of nature – animals, plants, ecosystems – needed to be protected from corporate greed and short-sighted people who would put profit over stewardship of

THE RACIST IN CHIEF

I would like to plead with every journalist, pundit, and talk show guest to never again ask whether or not Donald Trump is a racist. For those who still had their doubts, he just answered the question in his latest

ON THIS FATHER’S DAY

We didn’t have any traditions in my family for Father’s Day — no yearly breakfast or lunch, no predictable outing that matched something my father was fond of, like a sports event. We gave my father cards, and as children

WAITING

Every year, around this time — the end of May — I feel myself slipping into the same suspended state I was in 15 years ago when we were waiting for my father to die. It comes with the purple

THE TIME BEFORE ROE V. WADE

Her eyes looked haunted, distant, as she began telling me the story. It was the 70s and we were working together at a summer job. I’m not sure how the subject of children came up – it might have been

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO AMAZON

Increasingly, it seems as if this is Amazon’s world and we’re just living in it. We went from only going on Amazon to find books and other stuff to buying our groceries at Whole Foods from Amazon, since they now

THE SACREDNESS OF TEARS

Washington Irving said, “There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief and unspeakable love.” Around the world, people

ABOUT 9/11

In my new novel, The Wrong Side of Night, 9/11 serves as the backstory. The main character’s father and brother died on that day, with none of their remains ever found. We discover part way through the novel, however, that

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