Author Archives: Rootless

Patriotism and Pride

Like many of you, I found Obama’s inauguration speech stirring. I found myself full of pride in my country that we could elect a black man not once, but twice to our highest office. I found his appeals to the earliest tenets of our country deeply moving and urges towards realizing those ideals rousing. I’m […]


On Sunday, December 9th, Zebulon will close its doors in Williamsburg. Kyp Malone from TV on the Radio will be one of the last musicians playing and it will surely be packed, as it has every night this week, another great night of music at the neighborhood’s best venue. But it’ll be tinged with sadness, […]

Cheating/Shortcuts Junta, Tuesday, December 4th

Next Tuesday the Junta will gather at DOC Wine Bar in Williamsburg to discuss the myriad ways shortcuts and cheating are a part of our lives. We’ve all read about the sports scandals involving prominent athletes that have used performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). Lance Armstrong is but the latest superstar to fall from grace, but it […]

The Privacy/Fame Junta

The next Junta will be about privacy and whether our idea of privacy needs to be recalibrated in a world where technology seems to dig ever deeper into our lives. The debates surrounding settings on Facebook and what Google knows about you are pretty well known. Rindy even went so far as to take himself […]

The deaths of famous men

Apologies to those who have heard this one from me before, but I once had the good fortune to be among a small audience Christopher Hitchens gave a talk to. It was 2006, Shanghai, the Foreign Correspondents club. Hitchens walked in–half nervous, half bravado–with a bottle of scotch and a pack of cigarettes. He poured […]

On Pakistan

Just got finished reading an excellent essay by Bill Keller (who has transitioned nicely from NY times Executive Editor to a writer again) on the extremely complex US/Pakistani relationship. I’ve posted a few times about that relationship, and argued many times with Rindy–on the blog, by email, over drinks, we may have even text-argued about […]

Tax-shelters, off-shore companies and other dodges

Just got finished reading a story in the NY Times about Ronald Lauder, heir to the Estee Lauder fortune. It might be easy to read the story and find a lot to dislike about Lauder, his great (inherited) wealth and the use of byzantine schemes to reduce his tax burden make him an easy target. […]