July 9, 2016

Trump Card

By Cody Walker

I’m writing this post on a Wednesday morning, after having just read a spirited debate over the meaning of the Brexit vote in The New York Times. All five of […]

December 8, 2015

Trump, Saunders

By Cody Walker

Throughout the summer and into the fall, I felt that Donald Trump’s hijacking of the Republican storyline was pretty funny. Recently, it’s become less funny; and yesterday it stopped being […]

January 1, 2014

Out with the Auld

By Cody Walker

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Of course not, says experience, and conscience, and (answering his own question) Robert Burns. So we raise our cups o’ […]

December 25, 2013

Christmas, Festively

By Cody Walker

I’ve been thinking about a George Saunders story called “Christmas.” The narrator of the story is part of a roofing crew, a crew that includes a forty-two-year-old, down-on-his-luck, “gentle-voiced” man […]

August 10, 2013

Kindness and Attention (Part Two)

By Cody Walker

George Saunders’ year of wonders, which began with a New York Times Magazine cover story and has gone on to include a bestselling book and a much-discussed graduation speech, will […]

August 5, 2013

Kindness and Attention (Part One)

By Cody Walker

The commencement speech that George Saunders delivered at Syracuse University a few months ago has been making the virtual rounds, and it’s easy to understand why. Saunders warms up the […]