• Issue of
  • April 2019
  • Vol. 45, No. 20
  • The Purple People
Digital Edition

News

  • Belief
  • The Observer
  • Belief

    I believe there is no better smell in all the world than old books, a lifelong addiction that keeps The Observer rifling through pages at pretty much every moment when we're not rifling through old bookstores and haunting book sales, even though our shelves back home in the parlor and study and specially constructed Reading Toilet of The Observatory are already groaning with enough tomes that I'll never get 'em all read unless I live to a well-seasoned 306.

Columns

  • GOP's health care quandary
  • Ernest Dumas
  • GOP's health care quandary

    Republican officeholders, in Arkansas and everywhere, have found themselves in an impossible catch-22 — caught between mutually conflicting political demands by their voters. I’m talking about the political dilemma of choosing between the widely hated Obamacare and the highly popular provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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  • Kisses from Biden
  • Gene Lyons
  • Kisses from Biden

    If you didn’t know Joe Biden was of Irish descent, you might think he was French, or Italian. The man exudes personal warmth. He touches people, leans in close, pats their shoulders, whispers in their ears, and plants unsolicited kisses. Upon women, that is.
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  • The UVa story: More than basketball
  • Gene Lyons
  • The UVa story: More than basketball

    As we went to bed last Monday, I told my wife that maybe it was time I retired as a sports fan. It was never going to get any better than this. The Virginia Cavaliers had just won the national championship in a nerve-wracking overtime game against a tenacious Texas Tech team, and I was feeling jittery and euphoric. I can’t think when a ballgame has made me happier.
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  • Bernie, the millionaire Socialist
  • Gene Lyons
  • Bernie, the millionaire Socialist

    So Bernie Sanders, the self-anointed scourge of the malign influence of “millionaires and billionaires” on American politics, is himself a millionaire. Firmly ensconced in the top 1 percent of income earners in the United States. Which you’ve got to admit is pretty funny. Only in America, as comedians like to say.
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  • Mom: CBD a “game changer”

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