Relax. No one is proposing to tear down the statue of Dr. Seuss in his hometown of Springfield, Mass. (Photo by Steve Alexander)

● A New York Times Upshot story about COVID-19 and schools dresses up middle-class angst and inconvenience in the trappings of science, while demeaning what impoverished Black families know about how their schools really work.

● Did the reporters mean to let these biases creep into the story? Of course not. But this is the kind of story that needs close examination if journalism is to have the reckoning it needs.

Pete Buttigieg (Photo by Gage Skidmore)

When Mayor Pete says “heartland” does he really mean “whiteland”?

…including the television drama that proves the Dutch could teach Marie Kondo how to declutter, and the one in which Germans play Italians in stories written by an American.

Sylvia Hoeks in the Dutch television drama “Overspel.”

Is it possible to build an entire season of good television drama around Article 49.3 of the French Constitution? Actually, yes.

When Emmanuel Macron ran for President of France, it was a case of life imitating art, right down to the campaign slogan


Richard Wexler

I am a reformed journalist turned child advocate. My child welfare work is here This space is for personal observations about everything else.

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