Columnists

silver oak alexander valley

Cab and conversation

April 12, 2020 10:53 am

A Healdsburg symposium

cigarettes

If anything is ‘essential’ right now, it’s cigarettes

April 12, 2020 10:20 am

Nothing about this small and unpleasant virus thing is ‘abundantly clear’

covid-19 truther

Confessions of a COVID-19 truther

April 11, 2020 5:31 am

It’s not easy being skeptical

eurozone

Will coronavirus kill the eurozone?

April 9, 2020 5:50 pm

Merkel fiddles while Rome goes bankrupt

mathematicians

Coronavirus has made amateur mathematicians of us all

April 9, 2020 12:57 pm

Mathematical models help you to feel like you have a handle on what’s going on

bats trust

Monkeys, bats and Britain’s national trust

April 9, 2020 12:22 am

When a real problem came, there wasn’t much time for the people with imaginary ones

foreign policy

Foreign policy is in a straitjacket

April 8, 2020 4:57 pm

The Ivy League graduates who constitute America’s foreign policy elite think just like Robespierre

passover

Plagues at Passover

April 8, 2020 2:27 pm

As the story of Passover and the Exodus shows, without faith we are nowhere, dependent on the arbitrary caprice of the market and the pharaoh

bernie sanders

Bernie lost because he’d already won

April 8, 2020 2:04 pm

What Bernie did, like Trump, was expose the rift between the party’s voters and its leadership

dominic raab

Who is Dominic Raab?

April 6, 2020 4:27 pm

A karate black-belt and former Foreign Office lawyer working to prosecute war criminals is deputizing for Boris Johnson

trump corona

What happens if Trump gets the coronavirus?

April 6, 2020 12:16 pm

The Republican machine could quickly reassert itself

hospital

Can Boris run Britain from his hospital bed?

April 6, 2020 9:55 am

The British PM is good at delegating and trusting his appointees to get on with the job he’s given them

joe biden

How delaying the DNC helps Biden

April 2, 2020 6:01 pm

The original mid-July date simply allowed too much time to elapse between the Democratic and Republican conventions

imperiled

The longer lockdown continues, the more imperiled we become

April 2, 2020 12:21 pm

A broke society is a violent society

war

Don’t let anyone tell you there’s a war on

April 2, 2020 1:06 am

A grown-up citizenry does not confuse intelligent questioning with unpatriotic breaking of the ranks

hens

The oddest thing people are stockpiling? Hens

April 2, 2020 12:25 am

They are so overjoyed by first light that they make an infernal noise — even if you don’t have a cockerel

meghan markle

Meghan Markle’s white privilege

April 1, 2020 12:14 pm

Elephant demands that we pity the weakness of the most powerful

mothers

Let’s applaud mothers — the real key workers

March 29, 2020 2:28 pm

My wife has, unlike me, risen magnificently to the challenge posed by the coronavirus

tucker carlson

Tucker Carlson: ‘We aren’t very good at talking about death’

March 27, 2020 4:58 pm

The Fox News host on the media, Trump, Biden and the theological implications of the current crisis

armageddon

King Solomon’s lost city will remain lost forever

March 26, 2020 6:34 pm

Digging Up Armageddon: The Search for the Lost City of Solomon by Eric Cline reviewed

purpose

In this strange new world, where do we find purpose?

March 26, 2020 3:14 pm

There is a risk that this virus will become something that absorbs all of our time, thoughts and energies

donald trump easter

Donald Trump’s wishful Easter deadline is a trap for Democrats

March 25, 2020 11:28 am

Unlike the economy, he isn’t too big to fail

stimulus

Are you feeling stimulated?

March 25, 2020 11:06 am

Perhaps you shouldn’t be

democrats

The Democrats just made a huge mistake

March 23, 2020 3:55 pm

They are exploiting a national emergency for the grubbiest of partisan motives

benny golson

Tenor badness

March 22, 2020 5:01 pm

Benny Golson, last legend of bebop