An American Tries To Understand Armistice Day

by Michael Liss This past Sunday, November 11, marked the Centennial of Armistice Day, the European commemoration of the agreement to end World War I. Representatives from more than 60 countries attended carefully choreographed ceremonies to honor the sacrifice of those who fought. The Europeans take the Great War seriously. Americans really don’t. It just…

Is 2020 Rabbit Season?

by Michael Liss “You should look into this, perhaps write a little something about it.” When Ed suggested something to you, it always emerged gently from his mouth as if on a cloud, and somehow morphed into a command by the time it reached your ears. He beckoned, I came, and now we were sitting together…

Baseball and Politics, Politics and Baseball

by Michael Liss What moves the American soul? We love arguments, contests, and elections. Love the drama, the passion, the polarizing candidates, the fake piety, the rank partisanship, the heart-felt and often appallingly disingenuous editorials, and the heavy dose of moral relativism. It’s that time again. Baseball Hall of Fame ballots for the class of…