If Beale Street Could Talk

Yesterday morning there was a man in the lobby of my office building talking into his phone at an obscene volume. As we rode up in the elevator together – four or five of us – it became obvious that he was not like the rest of us and did not want to be. HeContinue reading “If Beale Street Could Talk”

The Fire Next Time

Anger has its uses. It can be a spur to confronting injustice or a vent for righteous frustration. Anger is like lust: it’s an honest emotion. There’s no time to overthink the impulse. The best you can do is control it and try to deny how insanely good it feels to let it off theContinue reading “The Fire Next Time”

Utopia For Realists

It is almost impossible to believe this in the age of Trump but human society, in spite of glaring setbacks, is getting better. There is a way forward that seems the logical culmination of centuries of progress toward freedom, equality, and enlightenment. Rutger Bregman’s engaging book Utopia For Realists is as a good roadmap asContinue reading “Utopia For Realists”

Strong is the New Pretty

 I ran across this book in Grand Central Terminal. The image through the window of bookstore caught my eye. I haven’t read Kate T.  Parker’s book and take no issue with a celebration of girls being themselves. But… I miss the old pretty. Strength and beauty each have their purpose but of the two itContinue reading “Strong is the New Pretty”