Category Archives: The Facts of Life

All you need to know about the World Cup

From Harper’s Weekly Review: The quadrennial World Cup soccer championship kicked off in Qatar, which had never qualified for the tournament before winning the right to host in 2010 through bribery, and where more than 6,500 migrant workers have died … Continue reading

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Scenes from my life: The once, now and future of birthdays

Years ago, a birthday brought a special sense to me, a frisson. The feeling something unspecific but good would happen. Not gifts. Not appearances by some exciting person — although that has happened, but never turned out to be more … Continue reading

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Why did the madness take over people’s minds?

For all these years, since 2016, there is that agonizing question: why did people we thought were intelligent and rational vote for Trump? My current answer — which I admit emerges from a sort of intellectual stupor coming from the … Continue reading

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