The Creepiest Clown

While presidential politics dominated newspaper headlines this summer and fall, back pages carried news of a mystifying side show: encounters—or rumors of encounters—with “creepy clowns.” In August, children in Greenville, South Carolina, reported “creepy clowns” trying to lure children into the woods to a lair in an abandoned house by a lake (fears perhaps inspired […]

The Trump at the End of the World

This past summer, I received the sort of proposal that is the joy of our profession: an invitation to hold the Evan Williams Fellowship at the University of Otago in New Zealand. It is a short-term but prestigious position that requires delivering a public lecture for the community. When I accepted, I had a general […]