The Best Part of 50th Birthday Parties

My essay in the Connections column of The Boston Globe Magazine, October 16, 2016: I’ve never been to a quinceanera — the traditional party given for 15-year-old girls as a sort of bat mitzvah/debutante/you-are-now-a-woman celebration popular in Latin America. However, I have recently been to several cincuentaneras (fetes for folks turning 50). And they are getting elaborate. My sister’s 50th…

Why They Hate Us

After 9/11 there were numerous articles speculating on the motive of the terrorists whose suicide missions resulted in the deaths of thousands. Why do they hate us? a columnist would ask, and then the answer was often a variation of: they hate us because of our freedoms. Maybe. Maybe it’s more nuanced. After the Orlando…

Political Theories

Here’s my theory: Donald Trump got into the race as a lark, a marketing gimmick. A lot of people have that theory. And of course he did better than expected, which was great for marketing and then people started effusively praising him which was great for his ego. But now he’s the presumptive Republican candidate…

My POTUS

It’s only natural in an election year, to think about what kind of person you would like to be the President of the United States or POTUS. To be clear, I’m not talking about the declared candidates — or even politicians we might want to draft into the race — I’m talking about pure speculation.…