In December 2016, a month before Donald Trump’s inauguration, I wrote a column that I called “Invasion of the Agency Snatchers.” The reference was to the great 1956 science fiction film “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” in which a truckload of giant vegetable pods arrives in a typical American town. Each pod takes over the […]
We’ve forgotten how to talk to people. For more than a year, we have mostly been apart. We’ve learned to put a premium on efficiency, whether in masked exchanges on street corners or on work calls between distractions. We talk fast and abruptly shift from greetings to agenda-driven updates. Then we replay it when we’re […]
NASHVILLE — I can’t remember the first time I heard the word “redneck,” but when I was growing up in Middle Tennessee it was usually spoken with pride — tossed around at the bluegrass festivals I went to. My grandfather would pick guitar, and I’d play fiddle, usually in a circle of old-timers under a […]
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