Where we go in search of passion in an ever-more complicated, divided, and stressed-out America.

November 17, 2018

One of the joys of my life has been reading books to our daughters. They’re too old now, which hurts. There is nothing that fully replaces that experience, nothing that can quite connect us in the same way. And of all the reading experiences through the years — the Dr. Seuss books, the Harry Potters, the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Harry Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy, Goodnight Moon, Giraffes Can’t Dance experiences — the best of all was when I read The Princess Bride to our oldest.

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November 02, 2018

To folks with common sense,  the University of Maryland’s choice to retain Head Football Coach D. J. Durkin and two trainers after the death of a football player must seem impossibly clueless. How could a board composed of experienced, accomplished, and sophisticated people make a collective decision that is so tone-deaf, self-destructive and obviously wrong?

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October 15, 2018

Wendy Cope is one of those extraordinary people whose talents, so far at least, has not quite crossed the Atlantic Ocean. She’s a major celebrity in England, where a poet can still be an major celebrity. Her first book, “Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis,” sold more than 200,000 copies, an absurd number for a collection of poems. Her poetry is sparse, funny, heartbreaking, and in the spirit of a hero, Emily Dickinson, always more complicated than its effortless flow.

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