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.

Friday, February 2, 2018

my latest on the perpetual dumbing down...

are conservative intellectuals killing themselves?  My answer: when the thinking stops

Friday, December 15, 2017

trump in my backyard

Here's my most recent piece on Donald Trump and the state of higher education: The University in Trumpland