Guy Cicero

through a culture, darkly

  • Veep stakes

    It would seem to be down to Kamala Harris or Susan Rice. After all these months of speculation, Harris and Rice are said to be the front-runners and most likely prospects for the Democratic vice-presidential choice. I’m good with either option. I hope that whoever is not chosen, along with the many other not-chosens, will…

  • Axios

    If I’d ever even heard of Axios before the Trump-Jonathan Swan interview, I’ve forgotten about it. But prompted by Swan’s smart, incisive one-on-one, I’ve checked out and find it refreshing, serious, and worth a deeper dive as a quality news source.

  • working from home, a retrospective

    working from home, a retrospective

    My preference for a long time has been to work from home…

  • what I learned from the polio crisis

    what I learned from the polio crisis

    I think it was 1955 when I obediently lined up my seven-year-old self to get my polio medicine, delivered, I think, as a few drops of the good stuff soaked into a sugar cube. Clever folks, those public health pros.

  • Number 65

    in such cases there will always be the greatest danger that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties, than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt. Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers.

  • Counting people

    Our local kindergartner asked about my new job. “Grandpa has a job counting people,” he was told. Sometimes the simplest explanations are the best. I am a temporary member of 2020 Census team, helping to see that all US residents are counted so we can have more fair and equitable elections, among other objectives. A…

  • Another day older and deeper in debt…

    The Congressional Budget Office projected increases in the national debt and sustained federal budget deficits. The U.S. government will spend $1 trillion more than it collects in 2020 and deficits will reach or exceed that threshold every year for the foreseeable future. The Wall Street Journal, Wednesday, January 28, 2020 What will it be? Which news…

  • understanding poetry

    “I don’t quite understand about understanding poetry. I experience poems with pleasure….” — John Ashbery Me either. I don’t understand most of the poems I read. But they make me happy or sad, or thoughtful, or inspired, or excited, or depressed. I’m excited at a word used in a new way or a phrase that…

  • warriors

    The Golden State Warriors professional basketball team have just won their conference title in four games straight in a best-of-seven series. They and individual team members are breaking certain historical records as they win their way through the playoffs. What’s unusual is that they’re winning despite playing without the member that most commentators say is…

  • publishing OPBs (other people’s books)

    publishing OPBs (other people’s books)

    I have been in and out of book publishing since the 1970s. Now I help independent authors to self-publish….