Trump’s Altered State: Reality Is for Suckers

We owe it all to Trump, who was among the first one to go on Reality TV and tell reality itself to get lost.

Evangelicals for Trump: In Power or Persecuted?

Many evangelicals consider themselves to be in danger of persecution, with Trump offering their best hope; many secular Americans see things differently.

Cool Takes: J.K. Rowling and the Writer’s Obsession

J.K. Rowling can tamper with the characters to her heart’s content, but I can no longer, in good faith, be part of this creator-consumer bargain.

Cool Takes: Our Current Apocalypse

The Trump apocalypse, in one way or another, has always been upon us.

Cool Takes: Drew Barrymore’s Celebrity Marriage after Divorce

Drew Barrymore says that her impending divorce doesn’t take away from being a family. Is this even possible?

Cool Takes: ‘Murder, She Wrote’ and Sleuthing for Virtue

‘Murder, She Wrote’ sleuth, Jessica Fletcher, subscribes to a higher law, and chooses to live accordingly. She only hopes you will do the same.

Cool Takes: Can Leslie Knope Save Our Politics?

Leslie Knope is an American political hero.

Cool Takes: The Snowpocalypse of Privilege

This week in whiteness: a huge snowstorm and Macklemore’s “White Privilege II”.

Cool Takes: Ricky Gervais & Donald Trump Speak Truth to Power

What do Ricky Gervais and Donald Trump have in common? Neither one is afraid to speak his mind. How refreshing! Or not.

Cool Takes: In Praise of Family, the Holidays, and Khloe Kardashian

Physical proximity leads to greater compassion. So why do we excuse our families from that equation?

Cool Takes: Life and Death on the Internet

It hurts everywhere. In Beirut, in Paris, in Syria and in Missouri, USA, in all the many, many places I forgot to name.

Cool Takes: Back for More Gilmore

The revival of ‘Gilmore Girls’ marks an imminent return to Stars Hollow and a nostalgic celebration of insignificant problems.

Cool Takes: For the Love of Trump and Money

Trump runs his campaign like an old-fashioned, mid-19th century political pro.

Cool Takes: Of Blood Moons, Papal Visits, and the End of the World

Every day is an apocalypse of sorts as we make our way back to God.