Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow in military history at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a professor emeritus of classics at California State University, Fresno. He is the author of more than two dozen books, ranging in topics from ancient Greece to modern America, most recently "The Case for Trump" (Basic Books, 2019) He lives in Selma, California. … [Read more...] about Victor Davis Hanson: Anger, not Trump vs. Biden, now driving 2020 election
Gravity’s Rainbow is also notoriously long and recalcitrant. But if you recognize its Brechtian “epic theater” as decidedly relevant to our current situation, reading it could be a good investment of your entertainment hours because the novel is an encyclopedia of humor, what scholars call “the carnivalesque.” Pynchon includes a Huck Finn-like Innocent Abroad as protagonist, a large gallery of fools and frauds, slapstick chase scenes, movie parodies, Catch-22 absurdities and Monty Python stupidities, as well as bawdy songs, Proverbs for Paranoids, and word play worthy of Nabokov, with whom Pynchon studied. I should also mention plenty of sex scenes to please just about every taste (and tastelessness). But be not fooled: the hurdy-gurdy carnival is present to conduct you into the big tent, where gravity-defying high-wire acts of human rocketry occur. … [Read more...] about Thomas Pynchon Predicted the Pandemic in ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’—Now Aren’t You Sorry You Didn’t Read It?
We are already headed toward a world controlled by these super-snoopers. With their enormous financial resources and control of the key digital channels, they are positioned to dominate older industries like entertainment, education, and retail, as well as those of the future: autonomous cars, space-exploring drones, and most critically artificial intelligence.Wall Street, long the epicenter of American wealth, but increasingly threatened by the rise of “quant jocks” and “fintech” firms, who may well be shifting much of the financial industry’s weight from New York to the Bay Area. … [Read more...] about The Tech Oligarchs Are Going to Destroy Democracy — Unless We Stop Them
Both parks will have safety measures in place that, like in other reopened sites, will mean limited services for visitors and inevitable inconvenience. Yosemite plans to go as far as capping the number of people admitted to the internationally popular destination each day. The park is scheduled to have a soft opening Friday, providing entry only to those with existing wilderness permits and Half Dome climbing reservations. A date for the general reopening is still pending. … [Read more...] about California’s national parks are reopening, but expect big inconveniences this summer
Historian Robert A. Slayton clearly spells out the rise of the religious right and the systematic dismembering of our social safety net under President Reagan. Many of today’s ills can be attributed to his administration and those who voted for him, but one in particular is personal for me. … [Read more...] about Letters to the Editor: Ronald Reagan’s presidency was one of the most destructive in U.S. history