Archive: September 2016

On debates (September 26, 2016)

The more our elections revolve around gladiatorial combats, the less surprised we should be to find that our leaders have a taste for blood

You really need to be using a password manager (September 23, 2016)

You. Yes, you. You need to start using a password manager. Like, right now

Five podcasts I recommend (September 21, 2016)

Looking for more podcasts to feed your brain with? I am here to help

Littoral Combat Ship: the little vessel that couldn’t (September 20, 2016)

A ship without a mission, that can’t be counted on to perform reliably, whose survivability under fire is an open question

The glass wall (September 19, 2016)

There are people who make connections effortlessly; who attract others without even trying, like flies to honey. But I’m not one of them

Book review: “Indelible” (September 16, 2016)

It’s a flawed gem, but hold it up to the light at the right angle and it still sparkles

The real price of our secret wars (September 15, 2016)

It’s moral debt. And someday, some generation of Americans will be called upon to pay it off

What Hillary needs to do to win (September 14, 2016)

Stop asking us to be with you, and start asking us to all be in this thing together

Book review: “Please Do Not Disturb” (September 13, 2016)

An expat’s tale of Africa — for better and for worse

Fifteen years later (September 12, 2016)

9/11 pulled a thread, and the sweater of history has been unraveling ever since

Book review: “Hotels of North America” (September 10, 2016)

From a collection of online hotel reviews, a compelling character emerges

Why do I do this? (September 9, 2016)

In the hope that if I write something meaningful, it will find its way to whomever needs it. Like a message in a bottle

Why airplane windows have round corners (September 8, 2016)

It’s to prevent them from killing you

We did it, all by ourselves (September 7, 2016)

Prophets are easy to find, if you don’t care whether they are false. It gets much harder if you do

Book review: “The Boys of Sheriff Street” (September 6, 2016)

A graphic novel that combines a noir-ish crime story with illustrations you’ll remember

Book review: “We That Are Left” (September 2, 2016)

Clare Clark’s talents as a prose stylist are deployed in service of a story that doesn’t deserve them

Autumn (September 1, 2016)

A time to prepare for a long march