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A Damning Audit of Education

When I picked up my son from the airport on a cold December night, one of the first questions I asked him was about his courses in the private liberal…

Still-Life with a Skull, Philippe de Champaigne (1671)

Corpus americanus

Barbara Ehrenreich, the celebrated activist writer (not sure what title suits her best), has unleashed a sobering critique of American society and its obsession with perfect bodies, wellness, and the…

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

My Vanishing America

I was raised in the distant lands of Morocco, on the southern shore of the Strait of Gibraltar, a waterway—I was solemnly told by my elders—that was opened for maritime…

Donald Trump

Trump, Islam and the West

Understandably, Donald Trump’s suggestion that non-US Muslims seeking entry into the United States should be barred until we figure out what is going on with Muslims and the United States…

Turban Helmet

Sultanic Democracy

The 4th of July is the only holiday that means something to me, not only because I am an American citizen, but also because I live in the modern world,…