Washington Diarist

J Street's Rejection Is a Scandal
May 07, 2014

The exclusion of an opinion is not a refutation of it.

The Emptiness of Data Journalism
Nate Silver could learn a lot from those op-ed columnists he maligns
March 19, 2014

Nate Silver could learn a lot from those op-ed columnists he maligns

Ukrainian Lessons for an American President
March 07, 2014

We must mentally arm ourselves against a reality about which we only recently disarmed ourselves: the reality of protracted conflict.

A Revelation on the Beach
December 12, 2013

Montecito is an impossibly lovely and privileged town between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the sea, just east of Santa Barbara. The place shows no signs of strain of any kind.

"By Doing Nothing in Syria, Obama Ensured That There Is Nothing We Can Do."
November 08, 2013

The grim morality of our realpolitik stance on Syria

Stanley Kauffmann, 1916-2013
November 08, 2013

For thirty years it was my custom at editorial meetings to begin my report on the next week’s issue with the words: “We have Kauffmann.” The last time I did so, I had a tear in my eye.

"What I Saw Was a High, Gorgeous Pile of Figs"
Obama, Moustaki, and me
August 30, 2013

The futility of one’s thoughts is no reason not to think them.

Idealism and Blindness
Of flaking paint and blemishes
June 10, 2013

Many years ago, as I was leafing through a book in which I had no interest, I found one of the saddest stories in the world.

Welcome to the Era of the Light Footprint
Obama finally finds his doctrine
January 29, 2013

Barack Obama's foreign policy: "light footprint," lightweight thinking. 

Washington Diarist: A Saint in the City
August 01, 2012

“HE IS THE RARE man of sixty-two who is not shy about showing his ass—an ass finely sausaged into a pair of alarmingly tight black jeans—to twenty thousand paying customers.” This panting observation about a rock star was committed by the editor of The New Yorker. I miss Eichmann in Jerusalem, almost. David Remnick’s 75,000-word profile of Bruce Springsteen is another one of his contributions to the literature of fandom.

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