Friday, January 11, 2019

a good read

Yours truly has a piece in this recent book (about Bernie Sanders versus Hillary Clinton versus Barack Obama).  But I post this because it's also a really smart book of essays.  Who would have thought that a bunch of intellectual historians could produce such a fine collection?  Check it out:  American Labyrinth

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

a sweeping conversation about populism's fate in contemporary political culture

I post here a conversation with Burt Cohen about the fate of populism today (on the very important show "Keeping Democracy Alive").  It was a great conversation and hope you enjoy: Populism ain't what it used to be

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

latest on the "malaise speech": It's now a play!

Check out here an interview I did with two very interesting folks who have turned the "malaise speech" into a play.  Yes indeed: Confidence.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Summertime and the...

Been traveling during the summer and now am holed up writing the book about punk in the 1980s.  Travels were spectacular: With Vicky, we floated the Rio Chama (my fourth time for that) and the White River.  The White was especially delightful.  Vicky returned to the east for work, and I did a series of hiking and car camping trips throughout Utah -- sort of finishing stuff up.  This included the Black Hole of the White Canyon, some areas in Grand Gulch (Road Canyon and others), the Manti La Sal Mountains and the Henry Mountains, and numerous hikes from our very old Kelsey guide.  It culminated in a four day backpacking trip in the Sangre De Cristo mountains in Colorado and a day float down through Browns Canyon National Monument on the Arkansas River (I never packraft anything that's Class IV, so went "mersh" on this one). 

Being on public lands made me remember how much they matter.  Hence, the letter that I link to here: Remembering the Muddy River.  And here's a shot of the White River, with our dog Loki in a contemplative, existential state:

Sunday, March 4, 2018

power speaks truth to itself...

Here's one of my more favorite NPR shows that I was recently on: truth, politics, and power.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

my latest and do the right thing...

Here I revisit The Authoritarian Personality in light of Donald Trump's zaniness and, well, authoritarianism.  To read, you need a subscription to Dissent, so come on and do the right thing -- subscribe to this great magazine.

Here's the link: the trumpian personality.