I've watched the clip of Shalane Flanagan breaking the tape at the NYC Marathon over 50 times. In the video, Flanagan's face is wrenched in exhaustion and elation.
"F--- yes!" she yells, pumping her fist in the air.
Dressed in a Cubs shirt and leggings, 16-year-old Eliza Wasni walked into a Walmart in Skokie, Illinois earlier this year and stole a machete and a knife. Surveillance footage shows her moving calmly through the store—knife in one hand, machete in the other. No one stops her. Not even when she leaves without paying.
There is a story we tell about America ― one that twists together the conflicting narratives of patriotism, guns and God. We tell this story every time we hold our hands over our hearts, intoning, “one nation under God,” or whenever we stand teary-eyed in a stadium honoring our troops, Blue Angels flying overhead, while someone sings “God Bless America.”
I spoke to David Sedaris about the new book, his love for book signings, and his inevitable return to IHOP.
I talked with John Grisham about his writing pet peeves, the literary mafia, and why he should probably be afraid of Stephenie Meyer.
CHRIS CILLIZZA MIGHT BE THE ONLY PERSON IN AMERICA who can have goofy fun talking about Trumpcare, Russian election interference, and the emoluments clause.
Killers of the Flower Moon calls forth a history of memory, of loss, of silence, and white complicity, all of which are still part of our devastating national reality.
In terms of the rarity of her toolkit, she is like a unicorn, chased by chupacabra, eaten by Bigfoot. She is just an amazing person in every respect.”