Lionel Shriver

vaccine

We need a dose of vaccine realism

November 27, 2020 2:02 pm

I’m a professional party-pooper

joe biden

Why I voted Biden

November 7, 2020 10:27 am

Biden’s very dullness could restore a sense of order

boring

I’m voting Biden to make America boring again

October 29, 2020 8:32 am

If the prospect of Biden as president fills me with such foreboding, why did I just vote for the guy?

western civilization

It isn’t always easy to give money away

October 1, 2020 8:58 am

Just try funding a Western Civilization program at an Australian university

virus

Never has a virus been so oversold

August 7, 2020 8:50 am

I’d like to sign on with COVID’s agent. What a publicity budget

open letters

Open letters have become ransom notes

July 23, 2020 1:18 am

Online diatribes decry a university’s shabby racial record and issue the now-standard list of demands

white

The vanity of ‘white guilt’

July 9, 2020 5:39 am

We’re making a spectacle of shame

marching

Marching against racism is too easy

June 20, 2020 10:46 am

What we need is practical change

costly

This is not a natural disaster, but a manmade one

May 14, 2020 2:00 pm

I am steeped in dread. I foresee months, if not years, of inane gesturing towards ‘safety’ that makes no appreciable difference to the nation’s health

fake problems

Real problems erase fake ones

April 23, 2020 2:38 pm

Should unemployment skyrocket in the US, the fracas over Confederate monuments will evaporate

dissent lockdown

Whatever happened to dissent?

April 16, 2020 11:22 am

The British have bought the lockdown hook, line and non-thinker

imperiled

The longer lockdown continues, the more imperiled we become

April 2, 2020 12:21 pm

A broke society is a violent society

woody

Why Hachette were wrong to drop Woody Allen’s memoir

March 19, 2020 4:07 pm

Publishing is now a bottom-up, populist industry in which an army of 12-year-old editorial assistants enjoy a veto over the catalog

american dirt

I won’t read American Dirt — but not because the author has the wrong skin color

February 6, 2020 12:46 am

You can’t own stories. You can’t patent topics and classes of character

mike bloomberg

Is ‘Mini Mike’ a growing threat to Trump?

January 22, 2020 4:51 am

Rather than rooting for a revolution, most Democrats yearn to give CNN a rest and go back to reruns of Friends

nigel farage

Dear Nigel Farage: don’t become the man who reversed the referendum result

November 7, 2019 11:13 am

At this point, to hold out for a ‘clean’ exit that’s never going to happen is to embrace defeat

new york

Even in New York they’re going nuts over Brexit

October 25, 2019 1:47 pm

The many arguments for and against are immaterial. All that matters is who wins

political system

Britain’s political system is broken. America’s isn’t

September 12, 2019 5:02 am

The people put Trump in power. Best, then, that the people oust him

murals

The abject stupidity of the Arnautoff murals debacle

August 28, 2019 11:21 pm

Don’t blame snowflakes – grown-ups are the idiots

climate change

Contraception is the answer to climate change

August 15, 2019 12:03 am

More people, more carbon emissions. Duh!

money

All money is dirty – but it can still be used for good

August 1, 2019 12:20 pm

This museum ballyhoo is all about posturing

free speech hate speech

The best response to hate speech is free speech

July 17, 2019 11:24 pm

It’s time to give up on the idea that we can legislate niceness

democrat debate

Where is the Democrat who can take on Trump?

July 3, 2019 11:03 am

Liberals repelled by both a blatant idiot and a bankrupting socialist could simply stay home

calorie counting

When did calorie counting become offensive?

June 20, 2019 11:34 am

Disproportionate sensitivity is learned behavior

rhetoric

Don’t use up all your rhetoric at once

June 6, 2019 6:37 am

Hyperbole makes words worthless