Our reality in reverse: A conversation from a Russian classroom

I treasure my subscription to Harper's Magazine. Each month it delivers a sampler of high-quality original writings and other material, like a fine box of Belgian chocolates. The "other material" is what makes Harper's especially delicious. Harper's rummages through the world's vast written record, and like an artist making sculpture out of found objects, the … Continue reading Our reality in reverse: A conversation from a Russian classroom

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The tragic story behind the Magnitsky Act

A dispatch from the era of alternative facts... ¬†This week, I've been reading Congressional testimony. ¬†(I should point out -- something I don't normally do. Desperate times.) With everything on Russia swirling around, we've heard by now about the Magnitsky Act -- which is often mentioned in the same breath as Russian adoptions. News articles … Continue reading The tragic story behind the Magnitsky Act

A well-told (true) tale of a raving madman’s dark suspicions

The most entertaining thing I read this week was also the hottest topic on cable news. A surprising overlap. Ryan Lizza is The New Yorker's Washington correspondent, and anyone following politics or circuses is aware of his already-infamous call with Anthony Scaramucci (also goes by: Mooch; The White House Communications Director). What Mooch said to … Continue reading A well-told (true) tale of a raving madman’s dark suspicions