Head over to Kirkus Reviews for my interviews with Adam Begley about his new biography of John Updike and Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam about his history of the early Mormon church. AdvertisementsRead more "Two new Kirkus interviews"
This piece originally appeared in my column for Huffington Post on April 8, 2014. First, a rant: Every year, the Pulitzer Prize Board announces the nominees and winners in mid-April. The nominees and winners are announced the same day. There is no Nominations Day followed a few weeks or months later by Announcement Day. There is only […]Read more "Pulitzer Prize Preview: First a rant, then some predictions"
Head over to Kirkus Reviews for my interview with Harvard professor Cass Sunstein about his new book, Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas. Sunstein explains — among other things — why Team Romney was surprised he lost the 2012 election. This is my first piece for Kirkus Reviews.Read more "Cass Sunstein on foxes, hedgehogs, Glenn Beck and Santa Claus"
Head over to Salon.com to read my Q&A with chief White House correspondent Peter Baker about his new book, Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House, a history of the Bush administration that documents President Bush’s preoccupation with Iraq from his first weeks in office.Read more "Bush’s misadventures in Iraq"
This piece originally appeared in my column for Huffington Post on November 30, 2013. George Will proved once again in a recent column that he is perhaps the most intellectually dishonest “intellectual” in a city awash with intellectual dishonesty. Not content to make obvious arguments about the administration’s problems implementing the Affordable Care Act — nee Obamacare — Will […]Read more "George Will is a lazy, partisan hack"
This piece originally appeared in my column for Huffington Post on November 27, 2013. There was an interesting discussion on Saturday’s “Up with Steve Kornacki” between Kornacki and John Sides, a political scientist who co-wrote The Gamble: Choice and Change in the 2012 Presidential Election, which takes the view that presidential elections are largely static stalemates that turn […]Read more "‘Moneyball’-ing election coverage"
This is an excerpt of my recent Salon.com article about definitive biographies. Steve Jobs didn’t spend his life punching a clock; he was the creative force behind Pixar Animation, the Macintosh computer and the iPhone. His story and Walter Isaacson’s deft retelling of it were the reasons his Steve Jobs, published in 2011, has been a […]Read more "Why readers love big bios"