Mass Killings: Choose Your Preferred Cause (and Exclude All Others)

August 12, 2019

The HuffPost explores the question of whether, as Donald Trump and others have claimed, video games are responsible for the frequent mass killings in the US. We learn that Trevor Noah, a late-night television comedian, “introduced ‘The Legislator: License To Bill’ ― in which players try to...

Is America a Broken Nation?

October 30, 2018

Is it appropriate for sports celebrities to help fix a broken nation? Basketball coach Steve Kerr hopes so but doesn’t expect much. Two of the most ambiguously euphemistic words in the English language are the adjective, “appropriate” and its negative, “inappropriate.” They often...

How This Became the Era of the Gunman

July 14, 2016

The war abroad and the war at home are both fueled by a fear of encroaching chaos—and it’s hard to miss the racist subtext. Every era has its representative figure. The Neolithic era had the Farmer. The avatar of the Middle Ages was the Monk, bent over an illuminated manuscript. For the...

Violence Comes to My Hometown

June 14, 2016

The unspeakable violence of the Middle East that we have come to abhor has come to America. Like so many people around America, my wife and I awoke Sunday morning to the incomprehensible news of the horrendous slaughter of innocents at a downtown nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Only for us, it...