January 15, 2013 |
There are a couple of things you should know about Robert O'Hara. The newsworthy thing is that he's one of 14 people who each received a $185,000 playwright residency grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant will fund a full-time position at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company , where O'Hara is a company member, through 2015. The other thing to know about O'Hara is that he has this thing about zombies and the American government. Specifically, he has a thing about zombies being in the...
November 16, 2012 |
Rany Jazayerli is a dermatologist in private practice in St. Charles, Ill. He is also the co-founder of Baseball Prospectus and an accomplished sportswriter who currently writes at Grantland as well as his personal blog Rany on the Royals . Almost before I knew that I was an American, and almost before I knew that I was a Muslim, I knew that I was a Republican . I knew this because my father told me so. My father finished...
November 1, 2012 |
American foreign policy is not making enough of an effort to contain Islamist extremism, and the consequences are likely to roil not only Afghanistan and Pakistan but, eventually, the wider region and beyond. In 1998, Osama bin Laden described U.S. soldiers as " paper tigers " and predicted that U.S. aversion to war would lead to the success of his ideology. "We have seen in the last decade the decline of the American government and the weakness of the American soldier," bin Laden said in an interview.
October 29, 2012 |
Nearly nine in 10 Muslim American voters pulled the lever for the Democratic candidate in the last two presidential elections, partly because of Republican policies and rhetoric that many considered anti-Muslim. In 2008, they also thought President Obama would usher in an era in which Muslims would be more accepted at home, and relations between America and the Islamic world would see improvement. But this year, Muslim American support for President Obama shows signs of waning, which could be enough to...
October 12, 2012 |
Readers looking for books that reflect their political views—on the right, the left or any point in between — have no trouble finding them on the nonfiction bestseller lists. From Ann Coulter and Dinesh D'Souza to Al Franken and Michael Moore, there are screeds to suit all tastes. But there's another category of books that, in a less explicit but equally polarized way, also reflects the American political spectrum: thriller novels. While readers and critics typically treat...
June 25, 2012 |
We have two days until the Supreme Court rules on health care — two days until we find out whether Akhil Amar's life has been a fraud. Amar is the Yale constitutional law professor (my former teacher), who recently told The Post's Ezra Klein that a 5 to 4 ruling striking down Obamacare would destroy his faith in the court. "If they decide this by 5-4," Amar said, "then yes, it's disheartening to me, because my life was a fraud. Here I was, in my silly little office, thinking law mattered, and it really...