Of Youth and Age

Of Youth and Age

By Tom Robotham I am not going to make age an issue in this campaign. I am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent’s youth and inexperience. – Ronald Reagan   Now that 2019 is underway, it won’t be long before the next presidential campaign begins...
A Kinder, Gentler Nation

A Kinder, Gentler Nation

When George H.W. Bush died, I watched with mixed feelings as pundits lionized him. I couldn’t help thinking about a book I’d read while W. was president: American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush, by Kevin Phillips, a...
My Trouble with Food

My Trouble with Food

By Tom Robotham When it comes to food, people generally fall into two camps: those who live to eat, and those who eat to live. Those, in other words, who regard food as the greatest pleasure in life, and those who think of it as necessary fuel, in the same way that...
2018 ELECTIONS: What’s at Stake

2018 ELECTIONS: What’s at Stake

By Tom Robotham  On Tuesday, November 6, the future of our nation will rest in our hands.  I know that sounds hyperbolic, but I don’t believe that it is. The importance of these midterm elections cannot be overstated. They will determine not only the policy decisions...
ESSAY: Why I Teach Popular Culture

ESSAY: Why I Teach Popular Culture

By Tom Robotham The other day in a class I teach at ODU called Music, Culture & Media, I asked the students if any of them had heard of Pete Seeger.  “Is he related to Bob Seger?” one of them asked.  I thought the anecdote was sufficiently amusing to share it on...
Crossings

Crossings

  By Tom Robotham  In mid July, I took off on a road trip to the Big Apple, upstate New York and New England. It was a great journey in many respects. I had nice visits with my kids, both of whom live in the city, my sister and brother-in-law, and several old friends....