Entries by Tom Levenson

The Secret For Comedy Is….

…wait for it… …wait for it… …wait for it… …wait for it… … … … Timing: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has decided to postpone its session on nuclear attack preparedness next week. Much attention had been drawn to the timing of the agency’s session, which was publicized just days after President Trump touted the […]

Shithole President. Shithole Party.

So, this happened, as reported in The Washington Post: Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to these people, referring to African countries and Haiti. He then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he met Wednesday. […]

Afternoon Interlude

Because tea is a moment’s distraction and it’s still too early (where I sit) for stronger stuff, here’s a bit of pure visual pleasure to provide some relief from the bathetic wreck that is our politics right now.   I show this to my students every year in the first meeting of my advanced documentary […]

Misogyny, Take Two

A side-note on Betty’s post below.  I check in on New York Magazine’s Daily Intelligencer vertical from time to time, and every now and then old fiend of this blog, Andrew Sullivan, shows up to verbiate at length*.  I don’t usually bother, because past performance is, in this case, a pretty good indicator of future results.  But […]

Republicans Steal Another One

The GOP guy grabs the tie-breaking seat in the Virginia Assembly by getting his name pulled out of a bowl. The Democrat is expected to challenge this in court, which means the seat will remain vacant for now, but because the GOP thus has a 50-49 edge, they’ll hold the speakership and all committee chairs […]