I would not be surprised to see Syria break apart entirely.
Well, a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East would be a wonderful thing.
So if 1960 had occurred under the old convention system, Kennedy would have had a very hard time getting the Democratic nomination because he would have been rejected by all those people who had worked with him in Washington.
The failures of other genres to provide an emotional connection with some of their characters and narratives gives memoir a toehold.
A real conversation always contains an invitation. You are inviting another person to reveal herself or himself to you, to tell you who they are or what they want.
In Germany, they have great difficulty with anything that smacks of cultism or messianic leadership. You can’t talk about leadership in its charismatic forms.
Sincere regret may be a faculty for paying attention to the future, for sensing a new tide where we missed a previous one, for experiencing timelessness with a grandchild where we neglected a boy of our own.
My prose is turgid, it just hasn’t got any energy.
To admit regret is to understand that we are fallible – that there are powers beyond us. To admit regret is to lose control not only of a difficult past but of the very story we tell about our present. To admit sincere and abiding regret is one of our greatest but unspoken contemporary sins.
Humor is everywhere in that there’s irony in just about anything a human does.