Richard Ford on the Midterms
"Train wrecks are said to be attractive. Though I don’t agree when it’s my country that’s both the train and the wall." The Pulitzer Prize winner at The New Yorker.
"Midterm elections (the one we just endured) are strange things and show Americans to be strange creatures. On the one hand, people such as I am would very much like to think, 'Enough already. I voted two years ago. The guy who won is still the President. He hasn’t had his full shot at it. The jury’s still out. Let’s just let things ride, live our lives. Can’t we just?' Americans, after all, are supposedly disinclined toward government: the one that governs best governs least, etc. We claim we like not thinking about government, like instead feeling our independence (from government), the wind at our backs, our entrepreneurial blood up, possibility peeking around every last corner. All that."
It's the first time the association hasn't hired a comedian in 16 years.
- The 2018 WHCA ended in controversy after comedian Michelle Wolf made jokes some considered to be offensive.
- The WHCA apologized for Wolf's jokes, though some journalists and many comedians backed the comedian and decried arguments in favor of limiting the types of speech permitted at the event.
- Ron Chernow, who penned a bestselling biography of Alexander Hamilton, will speak at next year's dinner.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
A study on flies may hold the key to future addiction treatments.
- A new study suggests that drinking alcohol can affect how memories are stored away as good or bad.
- This may have drastic implications for how addiction is caused and how people recall intoxication.
- The findings may one day lead to a new form of treatment for those suffering from addiction.
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