Author: jslusher11

Review of “Everybody’s Fool” by Richard Russo

Russo is one of my favorite contemporary writers. Everybody’s Fool  is not one of my favorite books. Its predecessor, Nobody’s Fool, wasn’t either, though it was pleasant enough and a moderately accurate depiction of small town life and human nature. It certainly featured Russo’s depth and insight in drawing vivid characters and portraying them as Read More …

Spinner fad shows frivolity has its serious side

If Wednesday’s front-page headline “The fidget spinner: Tool or toy” had a familiar ring to you, this may be why: Aug. 31, 1997: Parents left holding the leash as schools ban cyber critters May 13, 1997: Fad turned learning tool Sept. 26, 1997: Leave the Pokemon cards at home, says area school May 6, 1998: Read More …

A reminder that best impulses show in all generations

It seems to be a routine function of the generations to disparage the young. I don’t share this inclination, or at least I try to resist it. One reason? Show choir. Not just show choir. Soccer, too. And speech contest and cross-country, These are the agents of my personal observations of youth, the particular gifts Read More …

Seeking human stories behind sensational headlines

One of a reporter’s most painful duties is to contact the grieving survivors of victims of crime or disaster. No matter how many times you have made that call, knocked on that door or approached a person at a disaster scene, starting the conversation is always difficult. You don’t want to intrude on someone’s most-private, Read More …

Zakaria, Williams add to rich blend of columnist voices

On the Daily Herald Opinion page, we aim to present a wide range of political and social thought. We believe our democracy and our communities are stronger when citizens see their own points of view reflected — and challenged — by articulate, knowledgeable writers of all stripes. Sometimes, too, routines just need to be shaken Read More …