Smiling Through Bad Weather

I do not normally read, or review, children’s books because I am not a child, I have no children, and I principally appreciate children as metaphors or plot devices. My loss, I know, but there you have it.

However, recently a story, written for children, came to my attention which so astutely captured the function of stories that I would be stupid not to mention it. Captain Devin and His Little Red Boat is the Continue reading Smiling Through Bad Weather

White House Journalist’s New Book, “At Mama’s Knee”

The journalist April Ryan has written a book about African-American mothers, and the effect that they have on their communities and their children. I am a sixty-five year-old man with no children, and I am as white as Dick Cheney. Thus I am, or should be, the book’s target market. Continue reading White House Journalist’s New Book, “At Mama’s Knee”

It Could Get Worse

So in Splinterlands, the very unusual novel by John Feffer,  the world has fallen to tribalism. We’re not talking about Brexit or the dissolution of Yugoslavia; we’re talking about the Walloons of South Brussels at war with the Flemish of North Brussels and the Independent Nation of Vermont and New Hampshire. It is the war of all against all, and, yes, somebody’s making a profit.

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Deborah Kalb asks about Capital City

Lee Hurwitz and I were honored to be interviewed about Capital City by none other than Deborah Kalb, journalist, author of children’s books and co-author, with her father, legendary journalist Marvin Kalb, of Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama.

She has a blog dedicated to writers and had some good questions for us.

Read how we answered here.

Trouble in the Nation’s Capital City. Enjoy!

There once was a Mayor of a great American City who was so feral, so clever and devious and charismatic, that he could commit crimes in plain sight — even go to jail — without losing his electoral mojo. He succeeded because he managed to convince his constituency, who were of the same ethnic identity and color as he was, and who were the majority in his town, that he was their protector and friend. Continue reading Trouble in the Nation’s Capital City. Enjoy!

Is It Time to Shut Down the Republican Party?

I cast my first vote — I say this now with a sort of perverse pride — for Richard Nixon, whose administration created EPA, devised a way to get government contracts to minority-owned firms, passed the Clean Air Act, ended the war in Viet Nam, and brought the PRC onto the international stage.

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