Category Archives: Current Events

DEAR HILLARY

TweetDear Hillary, We only met once, so I doubt that you will ever see this. But I do feel the need to express myself about your campaign and the up-coming debates. Lately it seems as if you and your running

WHAT BULLIES FEAR THE MOST

TweetWhen I was in first grade, a boy named David Lewis bullied me every day — on the school bus, in class, on the playing field. I started pretending I was sick so I wouldn’t have to go to school.

JOHN HINCKLEY

TweetIn 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

AND THE WINNER IS…ANGER

TweetI went out for a while last night and left the television on for my pug, Gracie. She likes to bark at the dog food commercials and, for reasons I can’t figure out, watches America’s Got Talent with rapt attention.

TERROR

TweetAfter this latest terrorist attack — each, it seems, more horrific than the last — the phrase “the new normal” is now cropping up. What does that mean, I wonder? Does that mean we’ll stop being horrified? That we will

BULLETS AND TEARS

TweetI’ve never before seen a man shot at close range as he lies on the ground; I’ve never seen a man shot through a car window and watched him bleed to death as his fiancé somehow keeps calm enough to

ELIE WIESEL AND THE FOURTH OF JULY

TweetElie Wiesel’s death has come two days before that uniquely American holiday, the Fourth of July. This year, more than any other in recent times, we might want to remember what the day signifies. It isn’t just barbecues, fireworks, and

WAITING FOR GOD

TweetWhen I was a child I had a dream that I was standing in a spot near my home where four streets intersected. I was in the wide middle area where I could look down all four streets, and I

RAPE

TweetBrock Turner is a rapist. It’s irrelevant that he was or is a ‘swim star’ at Stanford. It’s irrelevant that he was a decent student. He is guilty of 3 felonies: Intent to commit rape on an intoxicated/unconscious person, sexual

LORD OF THE FLIES, 2016

TweetI first read Lord of the Flies by William Golding in high school. I still have the worn paperback; its pages are so discolored with age they’re almost sepia-toned, but my notes, written in my looped ninth-grade penmanship, are readable.

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