The Year of the Deadline

It feels like I have an article submission deadline every day. I submitted one yesterday, another is due tomorrow, and there’s one more that’s awaiting changes. Last week, I submitted two.

It’s not that I write that much (although I do write, obviously) but each article has several rounds of revisions, formatting, updating, etc.

It’s been the year of the deadline for me. Publishing is like pushing a car up a hill. First, you struggle and struggle, and push and push. But then it gets over the hill and just flies…


The Trump administration is proposing a new rule that, if implemented, would make asylum seekers ineligible for work permits if they entered the U.S. illegally. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the federal agency tasked with managing the country’s immigration system, is introducing new employment rulesfor migrants. Namely, the agency is aiming to bar work permits for asylum applicants who crossed the border illegally, and also applicants who have committed a felony or a number of misdemeanors, including driving under the influence.

I don’t get this. My husband never entered the US illegally. But he was barred from working in the US for two years while he was a completely legal resident. And now it turns out that even illegal immigrants are allowed to work? My husband’s situation was under Obama and he was threatened with deportation. When did this all change? Why is there suddenly even a discussion about work permits for criminal immigrants?

This immigration system is beyond ridiculous.

Parent Shopping

Klara’s school is conducting an event called “Holiday Parent Shopping Day.” At first, I thought it was a way to let kids shop around for better parents. But it turns out that it’s an activity to let parents do their Christmas shopping. These are probably the parents who were banned by Google.

Great Writing at The Atlantic

The Atlantic still publishes great writing sometimes. This is an exceptionally well-written and important article. Here is a small excerpt:

The writers aim to persuade not through argument, but through aura; the petition bristles with terms such as white supremacy and culturally responsive, in response to which educated whites today are trained to nod on the pain of being tarred as bigots.

And one more:

Many suppose that modern social-justice activists make “Just trust me, or else” arguments cynically as a kind of room-clearing battering ram, that they’re seeking power through sheer volume. But this isn’t just about power; they genuinely do harbor a sense that the recitation of certain terms in the activist tool kit constitutes logic itself, and that to declare someone or something “white supremacist” requires no explanation. Perhaps they consider their leftist perspective too self-evidently correct to require actual defense, but that is evidence of a distinctly parochial worldview, only fitfully classifiable as intellectual. It isn’t the hardest thing to accuse people of being powermongers. What’s thorny is telling people that what they present as brilliance is, in fact, not.

In other words, wokies are mostly just stupid.

The author is a Columbia professor.