"It's really a very simple story. What happened was this: I met this girl and did a very stupid thing. I fell in love. Hard. I know that to some people that makes me an idiot and a loser. What can I say? They're right. I did some extremely foolish things; I'm the first to say it. And they've left me in jail and alone."
So begins one of the most compelling, emotionally charged, and affecting novels you are likely to read this year.
Today, the director of the FBI, with the head of National Security Agency at his side, called the president a liar and said that his campaign was under investigation for collusion with the Russians in winning the election. We all sort of knew this, but it was absolutely stunning to see and hear. Today was the first step toward impeachment, whenever it happens.
But while Trump is in office, bad things are occuring. The dismantling and neutering of the State Department, for instance. Rex Tillerson's "fatigue" made him cut short some scheduled meetings in Korea. (Can you imagine if Hillary had been too fatigued for anything?) Tillerson's people denied the "fatigue" meme, so maybe if they had allowed any press coverage of the trip, we all would have known the truth. Meanwhile, Trump continues to offend our allies, lying about non-existent British spying and not shaking hands with Angela Merkel.
Trump's proposed budget is a travesty: short-sighted and mean-spirited, which is why it may appeal to hardcore Republicans, raised on hate-radio. Anything that offends the Left -- like the cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting -- must be good.
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everyday THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, and THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ... a nice long biography of ELIZABETH I ... the new New Yorker and the new New York Review of Books
Deezer! ...Howard Stern and Thom Hartmann always... lots of COSI, lots of KEITH JARRETT ... ... too much Pandora (lots of Chopin) ... and tons of Van the Man ... and Sturgill Simpsonand Emmylou Harris and Gillian Welch!
As much news as I can stomach ... Rick Steves' Europe and SEINFELD(comfort watching) ... Turner Classic Movies... and the struggles of the Lakers and Clippers