A window on a fascinatingly weird place: Some Kind of Heaven reviewed

15 May 2021 9:00 am

Some Kind of Heaven is a documentary set in The Villages, Florida, which is often described as a ‘Disneyland for…

Why the Democrats are still haunted by Florida

3 November 2020 2:10 am

As we get closer to the American election, Democrats in swing states like Pennsylvania and Arizona are sounding notes of…


Donald Trump is a medieval king

14 October 2020 9:24 am

What the hell are we all going to talk about when he’s gone? That’s the barely disguised fear of wonks and analysts,…

The US election is Joe Biden’s to lose

7 October 2020 5:00 pm

Donald Trump is back at the White House after a scary three-day stay at the Walter Reed medical complex. For…


Swing states are the best states

2 September 2020 2:21 am

Swing state season, that three- to four-month stretch of peak American crazy, is upon us. The big three states —…

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The full story of the ‘second wave’

19 June 2020 4:35 am

Has the second wave of COVID-19 arrived? Or is it time to fully reopen the country? It depends where you…

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Can Trump appeal to America’s black silent minority?

10 June 2020 8:37 am

One of the largest obstacles standing in the way of Donald Trump’s re-election is his weakness in every big city…


Coronavirus could hasten secession

4 April 2020 4:11 am

Americans enjoyed a tremendous sense of solidarity in the days following 9/11. People gathered on street corners, at subway stops,…


Biden bus rolls over Bernie in Florida, Illinois and Arizona

18 March 2020 12:04 pm

Joe Biden is projected to win all three states that voted in the Democratic primary on Tuesday night, advancing his…

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Where was the media on this act of political violence?

13 February 2020 3:21 am

The media frets constantly that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric will lead to violence against Democrats and even — the horror!…

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Trumpworld Orlando, where dreams come true

20 June 2019 3:36 am

Why did Donald Trump choose Orlando, near Disney World, for his campaign kickoff Tuesday night? Because he appears to be…

Twilight in the bayou: The New Iberia Blues, by James Lee Burke, reviewed

9 February 2019 9:00 am

The king of crime fiction doesn’t need a crown and sceptre. Every page proclaims his majesty. James Lee Burke has…

The Florida Project never sanctifies or demonises and is absorbing throughout

11 November 2017 9:00 am

The Florida Project is a drama set in one of those cheap American motels occupied by poor people who would…

Fort Lauderdale’s law against feeding the homeless still isn’t America’s dumbest

15 November 2014 9:00 am

States of criminality A 90-year-old Florida man feeding the homeless was arrested under a Fort Lauderdale law which makes it…