FROM Sebastian Junger
Sebastian Junger on the Human Urge to Be Part of a 'Tribe' Most of us in the modern world don’t have to worry about starvation or invading armies. We don’t need to be part of a tribe in order to survive and we don’t need to sacrifice for the common good. Could that be why there are so many problems in American society, from school shootings to drug addiction to PTSD? That’s the idea in a new book by Sebastian Junger called, “Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging.” Junger has been a foreign correspondent and has written a lot about combat and adversity; and in Tribe, he writes that combat and adversity can actually be good things – they can knit people together and give them a sense of purpose and comfort.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?