Alexandra Petri

08/19/2014 - 12:37am

"Did one look at what one saw or did one see what one looked at?"

    - Hart Crane


    This question seems especially striking in light of the struggles in Ferguson, Mo., and the response by members of the media and others....

05/18/2014 - 11:32pm

    Blanket generalizations are like souffles: easy to make, if you don't mind watching them collapse spectacularly when someone blows on them. Especially when they concern a whole generation, like most of what is said about Millennials.

    I believe a large percentage...

05/12/2014 - 5:37am

    If centuries of attempting to interpret the Constitution have taught us anything, it is that there is a great deal of disagreement about what the Founders actually meant at any given time. No one seems quite sure, except for Justice Antonin Scalia, on whose shoulder the ghost of Thomas Jefferson perches and into...

04/27/2014 - 11:46pm

    To paraphrase Sean Hannity, we're getting awfully far away from the tortoise.

    You know that it is a slow week for news when the big story is that a man who thinks he should be allowed to let his cattle graze harmoniously for free on protected federal lands might...

04/13/2014 - 8:31pm

When something awful happens, it is easier not to stare directly at it. Instead, we focus on the things around the edges. What did the neighbors hear? How was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?

    And these days, those edges include What Happened On Social Media afterward. What did they tweet?...

04/13/2014 - 8:28pm

    The news that Stephen Colbert will be taking over "The Late Show" desk from David Letterman led Rush Limbaugh, noted comedy expert, to describe this as a sign that "CBS has declared war on the heartland of America" and that "no longer is comedy going to be a covert assault on traditional...

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