Monthly Archives: August 2017

ON THE OTHER END OF THE LINE

It’s thrilling to feel a fish tugging on the line. After all the waiting around, your heart jumps at the first sudden jolt, followed by the frantic pulling, diving, and darting. The drama unfolds underwater.  The anticipation builds as you wait … Continue reading

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STUPID SMART PERSON

One of the more humiliating moments in my life occurred around 1997. I was working as a waiter at Jimmy Armstrong’s Saloon in midtown Manhattan. It was lunchtime.  The place was packed.  I was scrambling to get the food out. … Continue reading

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PERFECT INSTINCTS

I’ll say this for Trump, his instincts for fascism are perfect. Single out immigrants as source of nation’s problems? Check. Brand journalists as “enemies of the state?” Check. Threaten to throw opponent in prison after election? Check. It remains to … Continue reading

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WHAT JUST HAPPENED?

We usually have little idea, immediately, how significant a moment is. The first time I became aware of Armenia, I was listening to an announcement during a school assembly in 10th or 11th grade. A younger student stood up and spoke briefly … Continue reading

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