Amsterdam, 2021

Contagion

Pandemic Pluses

When the restaurants in our little town reopened after several months of forced closure, I...

Lit Crit

Roth vs. Updike

I hadn’t planned to buy the new authorized biography of novelist Philip Roth, author of ...
Chatfield, MN

BLM

Reality Check

Back in May 2013, it dawned on me that, crazy as it sounded in those more innocent times, ...

Race

On the Origin of Races

During America’s current racial crisis, it’s striking how useless and irrelevant has b...
Ernest Hemingway

Looking Back

Papa Doc

Writing in the London Spectator quite a long time ago—I’ve been a columnist there sinc...

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