The Plague-Ground – The Girl With the Speech Impediment

Amanda Gorman is as different from Donald Trump as any American can be. She’s young and Black and smart and funny and self-effacing and beautiful. She was raised by her mother, a middle school teacher, in Los Angeles. She got into Harvard…

The Plague-Ground – A Primer on Pedophiles

Sexual perversity is not what I thought I’d be writing about on this morning in America when the Presidency passes from a mentally-ill person to a sane and decent one. But the QAnon Movement has grown since its birth in 2017 from an unhinged…

The Plague-Ground – I see you. I know you. I jail you. I kill you.

We’ve all met someone we instantly dislike – even before they open their mouths. It’s not that you’re total strangers. A mutual friend is introducing you. But as the three of you stand there, there’s just something about him (or…

The Plague-Ground – How to divert – and defend – yourself this weekend.

Enough of reality. It makes my head hurt. We’re all locked-down. It’s not even February. So rather than writing about plagues and insurrections, today’s Plague-Ground will be unimpeachably and giddily about you. Here are some ways to…

The Plague-Ground – Stupid White Men

Remember the shirtless, horned rioter who carried his 6-foot spear into the US Senate chamber last Wednesday? Jake Angeli is 32-years old and lives in Phoenix. He’s an unsuccessful actor and voice-over artist who’s now an entrepreneur,…

The Plague-Ground – Trump in the Bunker

No, Donald Trump is not Adolf Hitler. The Republican Party is not the Nazis, and America is not the Third Reich. But in these fiery last days of America’s first seditious President, there is a sense that The White House will become the President’s…

The Plague-Ground – Strike 4. We’re out.

“Where were you when….?” Yesterday was one of those days. I’d chalked up two of them in the past four years, to balance the two engraved in my brain for many years: November 22, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated,…

The Plague-Ground – A Masterclass in Thuggery

I urge you to set aside an hour of your life to listen to a man whom you likely disdain and whose predations account for untold misery in America today -- especially this very day. I want you to listen to Donald Trump’s phone call last…

The Plague-Ground – A shot in the arm

The vaccine’s no longer coming. It’s here. The trouble is, its presence is as spotty and enduring as our response to the pandemic itself. And by “here,” I don’t just mean Canada, but the world. EU leaders on the weekend rushed…

The Plague-Ground – We’re seeing other people.

What one word sums up your year? Mine isn’t ‘COVID’ or ‘coronavirus’, even though those words appeared in half the stories in the New York Times and four-fifths of them in The Economist – by late March. No, the word that sums…