A Q&A With David Cronenberg From 2007

Hi, folks, I just discovered this in some old notes. I thought I'd published it but, obviously, I had not! I met the director David Cronenberg on the red carpet when I was reporting for Variety in the aughts; he was the nicest person I ever talked to on one of those assignments, which in … Continue reading A Q&A With David Cronenberg From 2007

Why I Will Vote Against Donald Trump

It's hard to be angry all the time and I'm sure it just makes me sound crazy to people who are not as angry as I am, so I thought I would try to lay out as dispassionately as I can why I think Donald Trump is an unacceptable choice for reelection in November. Make … Continue reading Why I Will Vote Against Donald Trump

Don’t Talk to Me or My Son Ever Again

This is a newsletter about parenthood, specifically fatherhood, specifically fatherhood of a boy, which is the only kind of fatherhood with which I have any salient experience. The internet is one of the worst things to happen to nervous parents (which is to say: parents), because it is filled with the musings of malicious strangers … Continue reading Don’t Talk to Me or My Son Ever Again

Superhero Movies as Moral Obligation

For what I’m sure is now years—possibly decades—a debate has raged between the proletarian defenders of $400 million-budget megablockbuster superhero films and the bourgeois hipster film buff crowd, who seem to irrationally believe that it might be nice to see something else this weekend for a change. Recently, Martin Scorsese, director of such cult obscura … Continue reading Superhero Movies as Moral Obligation

Unpublished Correspondence With Ursula K. Le Guin

The Watch This week’s big story In March of 2017 I wrote to the now-dead author Ursula K. Le Guin to request an interview for a story about the Trump administration's proposal, since rejected, to destroy the National Endowment for the Arts. The email was one of a few—I cast a wide net, heard back … Continue reading Unpublished Correspondence With Ursula K. Le Guin

Another National Anthem

There's another national anthem playingNot the one you cheerAt the ball park.“Where’s my prize?”It's the other national anthem, saying—If you want to hear—It says “Bullshit!”It says “Never!”It says “Sorry!”Loud and clearIt says: ListenTo the tune that keeps soundingIn the distance, on the outsideComing through the groundTo the hearts that go on poundingTo the soundGetting louder … Continue reading Another National Anthem

My Work This Year

Officially New Year’s Eve! Here are the ten best things I wrote in 2018. I hope you enjoy at least one of them. My examination of the way the CIA gamed the media to get Gina Haspel confirmed https://www.cjr.org/analysis/the-cias-unprecedented-pr-push-to-make-gina-haspel-its-director.php My explainer of what exactly Vladimir Putin wants out of Donald Trump, and what he seems … Continue reading My Work This Year