A program note: in the upcoming week I will be guest-blogging, along with Xujun Eberlein, Bruce Holmes and Chuck Spinney, on James Fallows' blog, while Fallows goes to the writing mat to finish a book. Quite an interesting crew (bios here) so please happen by to bone up on Chinese and American literature (Eberlein), aviation (Holmes), defense strategy (Spinney) and anything else these folks care to ruminate on, while I concentrate more or less on presidential rhetoric past and present. I will link here to new posts of mine as they go up, and may post here on subjects other than presidential pronouncements as well.
I'm a freelance writer and media consultant with a lasting interest in how democracy works, how it malfunctions and self-corrects. Since fall 2013 I've focused increasingly on the unfolding drama of Affordable Care Act implementation and health reform more generally.
I have a Ph.D. in medieval English literature and a propensity to parse the rhetoric and logic of our political leaders as well as that of media pundits and scholars who jump into the national debate. I wrote a dissertation on the remarkably humane and subtle medieval English anchorite Julian of Norwich, a mystic nun whose knack of squaring circles and framing paradoxes reminds me a little of our current president. A sampling of that work (mind the google gaps) is here: http://bit.ly/OzwsrR