Frost’s transgressive conservatism

I recently set myself the task of systematically reading every poem Robert Frost ever published. This amused my wife, who pointed out that it seemed unlikely that there was anything in the ratty, pencil-marked, taped and re-taped green volume of the Complete Poems of Robert Frost that has graced my bedside table ever since we were married …

No, these Capitol rioters are NOT Antifa or BLM. Here’s the proof.

My social media feed is packed with fellow conservative activists and acquaintances who believe they have uncovered "the truth" about a couple of the most visible rioters from the Capitol today: they weren't MAGA supporters; they're really Antifa and Black Lives Matter (BLM) agent provocateurs! Dozens of my friends have posted photos "proving" that these …

The humorlessness of our politics is driving us mad

Author's note: This ambitious essay was intended to be published prior to the U.S. election. However, I was unable to find a venue for publication for something of this scope. As the thoughts expressed remain in many ways as (indeed, if not more) relevant as when I wrote them, I am publishing the piece after …

No, new CDC data don’t prove Covid is a “hoax”. Here’s why.

Candace Owens' claim this morning that newly released CDC data proves that the coronavirus pandemic is a "hoax" is not supported by the data. In the post, she writes, "94% of American coronavirus deaths had underlying conditions like heart disease. Less than 10,000 Americans died from Coronavirus alone." https://www.facebook.com/realCandaceOwens/posts/4264856060252229 If my own Facebook feed is …

His light was always on – a tribute to Dr. Patrick Keats

There are certain people in our lives who we unconsciously come to expect will always be there. They are the ones who always have been there. The stable ones. The rock-like ones. The buttresses, who quietly go about the business of holding things together, without ever drawing attention to themselves. For the very many of us who …