The humble honeybee has long lifted a heavy symbolic load. In the Bible, they conjure the specter of an enemy: “They compassed me about like bees ... but the Lord helped me.” In Tibet, monks have long considered their arrival a sign of good luck.
“I’ve got a question,” said Amy Goldstein, veteran Washington Post staffer and the writer of “Janesville: An American Story.” She paused and pulled back her frizzy red hair, scanning the book festival audience from a pedestal at the Madison Public Library. Her book is about the closure of Janesville’s General Motors plant, but nobody in the crowd was wearing steel-toed boots or worn-in work pants; it was more of a sneaker and wool sweater affair — an assortment of Madison professionals. She asked her question anyway: “How many of you here have some connection to Janesville and the plant?” Dozens of hands proudly shot up.
Dr. David Bowman, orbiting Jupiter, is preparing to leave his spaceship. By this point in “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the onboard computer, HAL 9000, has murdered his fellow astronauts with the kind of unsmiling single-mindedness we’ve come to expect of artificial intelligence.
Conor Oberst, the mascaraed Bright Eyes frontman, has a verse on his new album, Ruminations, about life under Ronald Reagan.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve already disengaged from Trump’s news cycle. Fried by the dreary doublethink, the anxiety provoking ineptitude, the sense that something is fundamentally ajar that none of us are qualified to fix, I’ve made the conscious decision to step back. When confronted with a TV set, instead of tuning in to Colbert I reflexively watch sitcoms, ESPN, even Monday Night Raw. Anything else.
As last week’s election shock dissipates, climate change activists and policy professionals are coming to terms with a president-elect who rejects climate science as conspiracy and promises to roll back regulatory regimes and international agreements meant to curtail carbon emissions.
Harnessing bitter resentment toward America’s shifting social norms and economic base, the political upstart Donald Trump wins the race for America’s presidency over the heavily favored Hillary Clinton. No matter the label that leaders of either party brought down on him—bigot, misogynist, ignorant, sexual predator—Trump remained afloat.
For Madison residents who bother to flip over their ballot Tuesday beyond the boisterous partisan races, a referendum asking for a $26 million property tax hike to prevent cuts to the city’s public schools will quietly ask for a vote. At James C.
WAUKESHA, WIS.—Donald Trump made a stop in the heart of right-wing Wisconsin Wednesday night, packing the Waukesha County Exposition Center with frenzied supporters and giving a speech that pushed his usual message of economic growth aside in favor of an appeal for “law and order.” As the state’s most conservative county, suburban Waukesha helped put Gov.