In almost every single way, Tom Wolfe’s 1987 novel The Bonfire of the Vanities is far superior to the movie version. Well, that’s my opinion, and the awful box office results from the 1990 film adaptation back me up on this.

Contemplating an excursion into the niceties of language a la Donald Trump, I was reminded of my first meeting on the board of the Southern Center for International Studies then chaired by former Secretary of State Dean Rusk.

Alabama Press Association conventions are like church to me. Granted, it’s a church with a cash bar, a steady supply of politicians pressing the flesh and newspaper folk who excel at witty banter and storytelling.

A few days ago, considering the possibility that he might not be declared the winner in November, Donald Trump began talking about the election being “rigged.” Picking up on that note, Trump’s “long-term confidant” Roger Stone told The Washington Post that he advised the Republican nominee t…

My column a couple of weeks ago about the Alabama Department of Archives and History-sponsored program on “Alabama in the Age of Aquarius” brought varied responses from folks who remembered those times. Some were remembered as a part of campus goings-on, some from the point of view of a sold…

We had a reunion last weekend, it was a wedding anniversary and a class reunion all rolled into one under the theme, “All news is local.”

During the Obama administration, more than 500 unmanned drone strikes were responsible for the estimated deaths of 3,040 terrorists and 391 civilians in three countries: Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia. Those figures are from 2009 until the early part of 2016. They come from Micah Zenko, a senio…

Only once has a man sought the keys to the Oval Office whose mind — like Donald Trump’s — was devoid of the basic facts of governance and instead was a hatching ground for fantasies. That man was Ronald Reagan.

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