“Chug, chug, chug!” The chanted exhortation, a staple of fraternity parties and hen nights, echoes through Crypto.com arena. The screens that hang over…
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Prince Harry’s memoir comes out on Tuesday. I have a few thoughts. You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to…
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December 2022

In 1998, I received tenure at Pasadena City College. My mother already held tenure at Monterey Peninsula College, while daddy was a tenured professor at…
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I do not charge for subscriptions any longer, and my writing is free to all, but if you are interested in supporting me and my work, I would very much…
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Nine years ago this week, my fourth-and-soon-to-be-ex wife picked me up from Creative Care, the Malibu dual-diagnosis rehab that had been my home for…
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In his Sunday column, the conservative commentator David French considers Hugh Freeze, the new head football coach at Auburn University. Freeze has been…

November 2022

For those of you who use Spotify, you know their famous “Wrapped” summaries dropped today. We are a people who love it when our particulars and…
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Wednesday, November 15 4:59PM PST. I hold my phone to the screen of my MacBook. “Can you see, Mousie?” “What am I looking at, papa? I don’t see…
Two more small Saturday night notes on the election. ONE: With the Democrats holding the Senate, and with the retirement of Patrick Leahy of Vermont…
Far wiser observers of the scene have better election post-mortems, so I’ll restrict myself to three observations about yesterday’s surprising midterms…
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I started graduate school at UCLA in the fall quarter, 1989. That was the quarter the Berlin Wall came down. It was the term of the great Loma Prieta…
I do not charge for subscriptions any longer, and my writing is free to all, but if you are interested in supporting me and my work, I would very much…