Jimmy Breslin: ‘Thanks for the use of the hall’

Jimmy Breslin was called the guru of shoe leather by his colleagues because he used a lot of it. Even in his late seventies and early 80s, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist still climbed stairs because, as he put it, “the story is never on the first floor.” Breslin was a reporter’s reporter, much loved in … Continue reading Jimmy Breslin: ‘Thanks for the use of the hall’

Hillary Clinton, watch your back: There’s a bully behind you

“Suppose they gave an election and nobody came.” Okay, that was a paraphrase of a 1970s movie title, but it popped into my mind about halfway through the second agonising, awful debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. I was sitting next to my wife, who was groaning nearly every time Trump spoke, and I … Continue reading Hillary Clinton, watch your back: There’s a bully behind you

I dream of Donald dropping bombs and building walls

I breathed a sigh of relief after watching the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton this week. The world is a safer place. There is a chance Hillary can still win the election. The braggadocious (a word he used to say he wasn’t bragging) billionaire didn’t win the debate, but he didn’t … Continue reading I dream of Donald dropping bombs and building walls

Hillary’s health scare has Trump on the rise

It hasn't been a good week for Hillary Clinton. It started with her describing half of Donald Trump's supporters as belonging in a "basket of deplorables ... racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it," and ended with her having to spend three days recovering from a mild bout of pneumonia. What made matters worse … Continue reading Hillary’s health scare has Trump on the rise

A Villanova Reunion: Home is where the heart is, despite Donald Trump

You can go home again. Despite the American writer Thomas Wolfe’s advice to the contrary in his novel, You Can’t Go Home Again, I went back to the US for the first time in a decade this month. The occasion was Villanova University’s Reunion Weekend where I attended the 50th reunion of the Class of … Continue reading A Villanova Reunion: Home is where the heart is, despite Donald Trump