September 2010

Telling Our Stories

Posted: Fri, 09/24/2010 - 1:00pm

Two women I know have recently written terrific books that could easily have never seen the light of day.

By complete serendipity, each is a former colleague and friend. Isabel Wilkerson and I were both reporters for the New York Times. Michele Norris and I became running buddies while working together at the Washington Post.

I also wrote a book a few years ago, an exercise that ranks right at the top of the hardest things I have ever done. We three are also African American women who have closely followed the country’s national debates about race.

Who Exactly Are the Bums?

Posted: Thu, 09/16/2010 - 6:11pm

September 17, 2010

With a little over six weeks left before Americans go to the poll and put us out of our midterm election madness/misery, this year’s prevailing political story line got a fresh bump this week: voters want to throw the bums out.

This morning-after punditry has become more and more predictable with every new poll and every primary election night. Americans are angry, economically stressed and completely over Washington. Obama. Congress. It matters not. They just know what’s happening now is not working.

Recalculating: News and Politics in the Age of GPS

Posted: Thu, 09/09/2010 - 6:48pm

Like many of you, I have become slightly addicted to the voice embedded in my dashboard that tells me where and how to drive my car.

If I miss an exit, it grows silent for a moment before calmly advising me that it is “recalculating.”

If only there were a global positioning app for the news and politics.

The Peace of The Brave: Middle East Peace Talks Then and Now

Posted: Thu, 09/02/2010 - 6:03pm

“A great moment of opportunity,” she said.

“There's a lot of skepticism out there,” he said. “But I think there is ground to be hopeful.”