Twitter Grief Is Real Grief
August 19, 2014
There's nothing wrong with mourning celebrities online.
Robin Williams' Death Is a Wakeup Call for Mental Illness
August 12, 2014
The mentally ill still lack the health-care coverage and treatment they need.
This Was Robin Williams's Best Non-Comedic Performance
August 11, 2014
The comedian, who died Monday at the age of 63, was just as good in his serious roles, shorn of his marvelous manic vaudeville.
The Clown Prince of Occupy D.C.
October 28, 2011
The 99 percenters who have been occupying (sorry, Occupying) Washington, D.C. for the past month are as insistently “horizontal” in their approach to democracy—no hierarchies, no leaders—as their comrades in other cities across the country. But there was also a brief and instructive moment when the protesters here seemed willing to shelve their anarchism for the sake of a (sort-of) celebrity.
Murder, I Wrote
September 15, 1997
I used to cover crime on the late shift in Baltimore for The Sun. It was a living measured, by and large, in four-paragraph installments. You’d call the cops, ask what was going on, and then, when they emitted a handful of facts about which body fell on which corner, you’d write it up briefly and send it to the night editor.