Though pushed to the back-burner by the never-ending orange election drama, the Supreme Court, with its significant conservative majority earned against the run of play, (to borrow a metaphor from sport) is one decision away from potential political irrelevance. Is there a way forward for the Supreme Court? Conservative hypocrisy and liberal outrage at the recent Republican machinations to pack the court with conservative jurists out of step with ...

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An excerpt from The Surgeon's Obol. July 1, 8 p.m. "Isabella Isaksen," I said with an arm extended. "Most people call me 'Izzie'." "Mike Gunderson," came the reply. Most people called him Gundy, but he didn't feel the need to let me, the goddamn intern, in on this. And ...

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Recently surfing the far reaches of Netflix for a program on World War II that I hadn’t yet seen, I found a low budget serial documentary dealing with air power in war and in peace. The producers profiled individuals who had contributed to the eventualities of the airplane as a weapon of war or, conversely, as a beacon of man’s progressive evolution from terrestrial prisoner to celestial astronaut.


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