off the record
Charles Darwin Snelling, a noted Pennsylvania Republican who wrote a “Life Report” published by columnist David Brooks in the Times last December, killed his wife and committed suicide in Pennsylvania on Thursday. Mr. Snelling was 81. He had been married to wife Adrienne for 6 decades. Mr. Snelling had been caring for his Alzheimer’s-afflicted wife for six years and in his long essay published by the Times on December 7, 2011, expressed what seemed a fundamentally positive view of the situation:
Occupy Wall Street
“You’re the third person to contact me about this this week!” Gail Collins said through laughter when we reached her at her desk at The New York Times.
If one was trying to tack the label of antisemitism onto the Occupy Wall Street movement, (which apparently, everyone is) one needs to look no further than David Brooks‘ October 10th op-ed for The New York Times, entitled “The Milquetoast Radicals.” In it, he points to a 2004 article from Adbusters – the Canadian magazine that first put out the call to action for OWS way back in July – with the damning title of “Why Won’t Anyone Say They Are Jewish,” which plays the guessing game of Republican NeoCon’s religious orientation in relation to their pro-Israeli stance.
But isn’t using Adbusters to discredit what is now an independent, international movement sort of, well, besides the point?
beer and loafing
It’s only been a few days since the Ward-for-mayor movement got started, but he’s already gotten that coveted endorsement from The Times’s editorial page—well, the Op-Ed page, actually.
On July 5, the New York Yankees were up 6-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning in an away game against the Cleveland Indians. Orlando Cabrera snapped the quiet with a sharp grounder between second and third that looked to be an easy base hit for the home team. The 37-year-old Derek Jeter, in his second game back after more than two weeks on the D.L., grabbed the ball as he spun in one fluid motion, like shine off a diamond, thunder-bolting a cross-field throw to Jorge Posada at first.
Mr. Cabrera was out by an inch.
It’s officially too hot in New York. Look, the 70’s were fun and the 80’s were tolerable, but the 90’s are much better suited to Ace of Base and the United Colors of Benetton than to average temperatures in Central Park. Riding the subway has felt like descending into the fiery pits of Hades—especially over Read More
More critical analysis of Donald Trump, from across the political spectrum.
NYPIRG notes Trump gave money to lots of NY Democrats, including Eliot Spitzer, David Paterson, Kathleen Rice, etc. Overall, “$395,391.66 of this money has gone to Democrats, compared to $172,150 to Republicans,” the group notes.
The Club for Growth continues Read More
Every December, David Brooks heads up a panel that deems a magazine piece or two to be the best of that year. He calls this honor the Sidney Awards, after New York writer and thinker Sidney Hook. The choices were announced last week, and included such exemplary pieces of longform journalism Read More
Politics is a rough business. But every so often, amid all the partistan bickering, the parry and thrust of Beltway combat is briefly suspended and a little human emotion shines forth. Such is the case this morning with David Brooks’ extra-mushy paean to Rahm Emanuel, which is perhaps the most embarrassingly heartfelt eruption Read More
If you haven’t seen it already, in today’s New York Times David Brooks criticizes Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom as a book that “tells us more about America’s literary culture than about America itself,” which, true or not, he views to be a bad thing.
It’s not the first time that Brooks has summoned Read More