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David Cornwell, George Smiley and Alec Guinness

A few days ago my cousin Ben Wittes devoted his podcast, In Lieu of Fun, to John le Carré, whose real name was David Cornwell. Ben and his podner, Kate Klonick, had as their guest Pete Strzok; this was a certifiably … Continue reading

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Trump’s armed boys: malevolence tempered by incompetence. Again and always

Early on, my cousin, Ben Wittes, came up with “malevolence tempered by incompetence,” to describe the Trump administration, and Trump himself. As we view videos and news coverage of overweight masked white men garbed in “uniforms” which apparently have some … Continue reading

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Are we smart enough to know how stupid Trump is?

My reading at night is sequential — about four books, a chapter or perhaps more in each before I close that book and pick up the next one. A week or so ago, in my nighttime fashion, I found myself … Continue reading

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