Friday Takeaway: Fortune’s Fool


I bought a lottery ticket a few months ago. It was foolish of me. Playing the lottery strikes me as a waste of time. It represents an investment on...

Friday Takeaway: Memetics


I am fascinated with memes. The insistence with which they descend on me through an assortment of technological devices is overwhelming. I do my...

Friday Takeaway: In Praise of Anxiety


I’m reading the news, or I’m stuck in traffic, or my kid is late coming home from a party. There it is again — that familiar tight coil of nervous...

Friday Takeaway: F for Fake


These days, I find myself dreading each new(s) day. Every morning, I have to steel myself to open the next door of the Advent calendar from hell .....

Friday Takeaway: Keeping Our Cool


We’re in it now, folks. These are the dog days. Week after week of hot, muggy afternoons and airless, humid nights. I was not built for this kind...

Friday Takeaway: A Walking Shadow


‘Life’s but a walking shadow,” Macbeth says in his most famous soliloquy, “a poor player / That struts and frets his hour upon the stage / And then...

Don’t trust anyone over 30.If you’re over 30 yourself (and then some), you might know the origin of this saying. Jack Weinberg, a lefty Berkeley...

Friday Takeaway: Bill Dwight


Recently, a nice person asked me what I have learned from my tenure in public service. I usually have a pithy self-deprecating response to those...

This time of year, I tend to say “no” to everything fun or extracurricular. But during the winter, I feel more ambitious and put things on the...

Friday Takeaway: Forgetting


I watch my father as he sits alone in a large room full of people. For long minutes, he stares into nothingness. This from a man who was always...

Friday Takeaway: House Hunter


I admit it: I’m a stalker. Not the super-creepy sort, but the kind we all are these days, sifting through the photos of our Facebook friends. For a...

Friday Takeaway: Vertigo


The desire to alter our consciousness is embedded in almost all of us, I think. When we were kids, we would spin around until we were transported...

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