Numbers have captured me countless times: following their rhythm synchronizes the space between breaths; unfolding their patterns provides proof of nature's spiraling grace; even counting, simplest of all, lets children collect handfuls of vanishing stars in the endless night sky, placing each one in an inventory along with a few
Westbound and head first into the unrelenting swell—a thunderclap crescendo refusing to release crashes over the plains, electrifying the frenetic dancing limbs of the cottonwoods, kicking up their fallen leaves for one final waltz, leaving no space for imagination—an invisible stampede flushing the cavernous west with bone dry
The Warped Vision of "Anti-Racism"Batya Ungar-Sargon in Persuasion It’s difficult to stand against “social justice,” especially for those of us who are deeply concerned about inequality. We feel humility toward activists, writers and politicians who take up the language of racial justice, given how urgent the cause is.
Welcome to February 2021 in review: links, excerpts, and clips of what I've been reading and listening to. Don't Forgive Student Loan DebtZaid Jilani in Persuasion Such debt relief would help underprivileged minorities, says Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer... But this argument gets it exactly backward. Large-scale student-debt cancellation would
After watching the much-lauded doucmentary, The Social Dilemma, I was left feeling disappointed. As a social media curmudgeon, my hopes were high that our problems would be accurately diagnosed, but aside from a handul of good observations that had already been made by others, they completely missed the mark. The
In the 1960s, in an attempt to make college more accessible, the government started guaranteeing student loans. Predictably, this fueled demand and incentivized institutions of higher learning to charge higher tuition, even for degrees with questionable track records for placement in high-paying jobs. Over the same time period, a cultural