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“Our culture has made it harder to be good.” – David Brooks, The Road to Character

With the news that former president George H.W. Bush is in ICU and the worldwide attention on today’s presidential inauguration, I found this worth sharing today. 411 more words

Original Essays

The moderate novelist

Note: I’m taking a few days off, so I’ll be republishing some of my favorite posts from earlier in this blog’s run. This post originally appeared, in a somewhat different form, on November 6, 2012. 762 more words


The Art of Normalization: David Brooks Instructs You to Ignore Donald Trump's Tweets Because They Embarrass Him

I swear that David Brooks wakes up every morning thinking to himself, How can I attribute the wrong cause to an existing problem, and then propose no solution?  1,332 more words


The Lord of Misrule by DAVID BROOKS

We’re living with exactly the kinds of injustices that lead to carnival culture, and we’ve crowned a fool king.. via NYT Opinion http://nyti.ms/2jILrA8


Thoughts About Growing Hope

Hope is one of those words that baffles me. It’s certainly part of the discourse around how to adjust to the upcoming presidency of our Perpetrator-in-Chief, but what does it really mean, particularly in that context? 613 more words

Where are the Clowns? Send in the Clowns

This morning, in a column titled The Lords of Misrule, David Brooks brilliantly relates Trump’s tweets to medieval carnival culture—a way of venting over injustice that often got out of hand. 193 more words


Six Clusterfucks in Search of a Presidency

Aardvark writes midday January 11, nine days before the inaugurattionl

You need to read David Brooks’ column yesterday, titled Bannon Versus Trump. My summary does not attempt to do it justice. 637 more words