The Real Reason Writers Love the Amtrak Residency
It's not just the free train ticket
February 26, 2014

It's not just the free train ticket.

My Train Ride with Donald Rumsfeld
A vignette
September 11, 2013

As the President addressed the nation about the crisis in Syria, I sat waiting for the Acela to Washington at Philadelphia's 30th Street Station when an old man walked past me, trailed by an entourage from the K-9 unit. The hard, squinting eyes behind the glasses, the pinched brow, and the pencil-line lips were unmistakable: It was Donald Rumsfeld, just shrunken and more frail.