This Week In the Blog, 5-28-18

Who do you know who could draw a comparison between James Comey’s book, A Higher Loyalty:  Truth, Lies and Leadership, and Green Eggs and Ham?  That’s right!  Penny is back!  Penny read all the way through Comey’s book and concludes that it only...

Let Us Now Praise Honorable Men

By Penny Smith One of the most powerful books I’ve ever read is James Agee’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, which came with equally powerful photographs by Walker Evans. Eschewing traditional journalism, Agee distills the experiences of tenant farmers during the...

What I’m Reading 5-27-18

By Penny Smith James Comey, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership. New York, 2018.  The number of Americans who, as children, heard the phrase “I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-am” surely outnumbers those who managed to avoid one of...

This Week in the Blog, May 14, 2018

This week’s selection of blog posts is quite the gold mine because there are two weeks worth of posts. Swamp People is an update on just how fetid Trump’s circle of appointed officials and hired advisers really is.  It is a world of influence and bribery,...

Worse Than Ever?

By Penny Smith Ezra Kline, one of the more thoughtful of our newest generation of political analysts and founder of the web site VOX, recently penned an interesting article on our current climate of democratic despair: “American Democracy has faced worse threats than...