American Life

civility

How to restore civility in politics

August 4, 2020 12:04 pm

Shrink state power so radically that policy disagreements would be akin to flyweight arguments over the merits of Coke vs Pepsi

Two Perseid meteors peltier

Stargazing under lockdown

July 7, 2020 3:28 pm

The late great American astronomer Leslie Peltier was onto something

election

A June election in Genesee County

June 10, 2020 11:07 am

We will learn once more that ’tis better to be a flower-seeker than a power-seeker

peckinpah classic cinema

What can we learn about coronavirus from classic cinema?

April 29, 2020 4:06 pm

My Sam Peckinpah lockdown bender

guns alexander

The guns of Alexander

April 11, 2020 1:12 pm

In the event of the gun confiscation fancied by the Democratic party’s billionaires and its NPR tote-bag carriers, the hinterlands will not submit

electoral college

I was expelled from the Electoral College before I was even admitted

February 22, 2020 8:32 am

Wayward electors run in our family

novel

The story of my only novel

January 22, 2020 1:55 pm

I had to spend a solid year assuring readers that I did not prematurely ejaculate. Boy was that embarrassing

utah

Let Utah be Utah

December 8, 2019 2:04 pm

I dig the Mormons and even pull for Brigham Young University’s football team

community theater

The wonderful world of community theater

November 22, 2019 10:47 am

The woman sitting next to me whispered urgently: ‘I can’t take my eyes off that man’s nipple’

batavia new york

I am a part of Batavia, New York

October 9, 2019 12:00 pm

My friend Henry W. Clune used to say that all he ever really wanted was to appear considerable in the eyes of his hometown