Articles & Notes

Amy Chua’s Political Tribes

Just reviewed Amy Chua's Political Tribes for the Evening Standard. I liked how she described America as the rare super-tribe, in which the idea of American-ness both binds and permits vastly disparate sub-groups. And how that unique concept has then blinded America to the importance of tribes during its overseas adventures. I was less convinced… Continue reading Amy Chua’s Political Tribes

Business for Bohemians

Tom Hodgkinson, the British founder of The Idler empire, has written a satisfyingly frank account of running a small business. It's introspective and at times very funny. A million miles from the gauzy WeWork visions of small enterprise as all post-industrial lofts and coffee machines. Hodgkinson's experience is struggling with cash flow and hung-over employees.… Continue reading Business for Bohemians

From Reagan’s farewell speech, January 1989. Hello, freedom man.

You know, down the hall and up the stairs from this office is the part of the White House where the President and his family live. There are a few favorite windows I have up there that I like to stand and look out of early in the morning. The view is over the grounds… Continue reading From Reagan’s farewell speech, January 1989. Hello, freedom man.

If you’re still short on Christmas presents – Adirondack Life Feature on Charlie Whistler

The excellent North Country reporter Brian Mann was good enough to write about Charlie Whistler's Omnium Gatherum in Adirondack Life - the magazine for lovers of this great wilderness. He notes that I was "sheepish" about admitting that I first visited the Adirondacks in order to write about mule diving for The Spectator. And that… Continue reading If you’re still short on Christmas presents – Adirondack Life Feature on Charlie Whistler