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
(AP photo above of Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston) Muhammad Ali was a hero of mine, even though I grew up in a white Philadelphia neighbourhood bordering on a black one where you were called a “n....er lover,” if you sympathised with African Americans. Racism was rife in Philly. My crime was … Continue reading Muhammad Ali: “Who’s he?” asked the Harlem schoolkids
Okay, you’ve seen the headline above, and you’re reading this post to see if I’ve gone crazy. Well, no, I’m just accepting the inevitable. Donald Trump is likely to win the presidency on November 8 because not enough Americans will realise how awful he will be and vote for him. They voted for Richard Nixon … Continue reading Why Trump will win: Remember Richard Nixon?
Six weeks ago, I posted a piece about the Australian Government's new law to force telcos to retain data of journalists and everyone else for two years and how dangerous it was for press freedom (http://wp.me/p1Ytmx-kL). I said I was looking forward to hearing what Ross Coulthart (photo above) had to say about the threats … Continue reading Journalists beware: Rogue cell towers spying on a mobile near you
President Barack Obama sent me an email last week. It’s not unusual, as he’s been doing it for six years now, ever since he ran for the White House and won. I’ve voted for Barack Obama twice now, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the Democratic National Committee, and Organizing for Action (OFA), have … Continue reading G20: What’s wrong with mentioning climate change?
I am publishing a blog post I wrote four years ago about teaching at Wadleigh Junior High School (IS 88) in Harlem and one teacher in particular who was definitely a Hero of Harlem. His name was Ed Plummer, a mathematics teacher, who ran the ABC (A Better Chance) scholarship program, helping Wadleigh graduates get … Continue reading Remembering the heroes of Harlem
“This country needs to get back to the way it was.” That was 60-year-old David Moffett telling a New York Times reporter why he voted for David Brat, the giant killer who brought down House Majority leader Eric Cantor in a Virginia Republican primary. With nearly all the votes counted, Brat had 56 per cent … Continue reading How a Tea Party Brat brought down a divided House
I always wanted to be the managing editor of The New York Times. Okay, you say, nearly every journalist would say that, but first you have to work there. Well, I had a slim chance to get a Times job back in 1966 when I moved to New York to attend graduate school at NYU. … Continue reading Remembrance of Times Past and Vale Joe McGinniss
Trying to make sense of the week’s news from the Boston Marathon Bombings has been very difficult, to say the least. For those of you who read my previous post, The Boston Marathon heroes: We will remember them (http://wp.me/p1Ytmx-cY), you can see I took the easy option of describing the courage of the first responders. … Continue reading Twitter journalism: Think before you tweet
I was going to write about racism in Australia, following alleged race riots in the Brisbane satellite city of Logan this week, but I decided to wait. Racism is a very difficult topic, and this is a complex situation. Upcoming soon, I promise. As I was mulling over alternatives for this post, Barack Obama made … Continue reading Gun control: It’s all about Grace