“The old world is dying,” Gramsci has it, “and the new world struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters.” Spring, famously, is the season of rebirth. But births—as we humans pretend not to remember—are messy, fraught, dangerous. This spring is unlike any in living memory. Even as more of us are vaccinated against a world-historic plague, we’re reminded of the hundreds of thousands who didn’t make it, and the countless, luckless others who are still waiting for their rescue. (“You know,” Robert
The case for D.C.’s statehood isn’t just complete, it’s simple. Some 700,000 souls—more than live in Vermont or Wyoming, and most of them (for now) Black—live, work and pay taxes in the nation’s capital. For their labors, lives and taxes they get to have every single city ordinance subject to the mercies of Congress-creatures from America’s vast middle. The case for D.C. statehood is so perfectly simple, in fact, that even the likes of Muriel Bowser can make it. “The disenfranchisement of Washingtonians,” Her Honor
Jack Heaney could talk a dog off a meat truck, but he preferred to harangue his victims until the paint peeled off the wall. He and his 10 children were always arguing (their sides depending only on what room they were in) and were generally the kind of folk a publisher friend of mine referred to as “bicycle seat Irish.” To say that it would take a special woman to love such a man is a grave understatement. The difficulty in describing Ruth Adams is
A rogue SEC examiner may yet come back to haunt the government’s efforts to prosecute the private equity firm where he used to work. It may also be yet another form of vengeance for New York’s notorious “Cannibal Cop.” Find out why, in a story that mentions Michael Cohn, GPB Capital, Ascendant Capital, David Gentile, Jeffrey Lash, Jeffry Schneider, Diane Gujarati, Matthew Menchel, Kobre & Kim, Lauren Howard Elbert, Artie McConnell, Garen Marshall, Chris Gerold, the New Jersey Bureau of Securities, Michael Birnbaum, Morrison & Foester, the
The Greeks tell us that on the way to his 11th labor, Heracles ran across Antaeus. A nasty customer, Antaeus was—a giant, son of the Earth goddess Gaia and sea god Poseidon, he drew his power from contact with Mother Earth. He loafed by the road to the Garden of Hesperides, where he’d challenge passing simpletons to wrestling matches. Every time a foe wrestled him to the ground, he got stronger. Next to the road, Antaeus dedicated a temple to his father. It was made
District Mayor Muriel Bowser had to bury her big sister over the weekend. Those of you lucky enough to have brothers or sisters—and luckier yet, to love and be loved by them—may already be running figures in your head. The idea of burying a sibling graphs an incalculable grief. (That Bowser’s parents survive their eldest daughter ratchets up the exponents in the equation: It’s Mother Nature’s cruelest joke to make moms and dads bury their kids.) To all outward appearances, Mercia Bowser was a loving
Opioids have overwhelmed rural Illinois. Desperate, the cops in Ronald Reagan’s hometown have stopped arresting people and started getting them help. In an exclusive series, The Well News looks at “Safe Passage,” a program that radically rethinks America’s War on Drugs.
Most epidemics start with a patient zero. Here in northwest Illinois, the opioid epidemic features a doctor zero.
For a long time, the police of Ronald Reagan’s hometown did their best to arrest their way out of their drug problem. It became a war of attrition — and the opioids won.