Renny Simone

A Walk in the Park: Thinking Critically About Dumbarton Oaks

A Walk in the Park: Thinking Critically About Dumbarton Oaks

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02/25/2019

As is the case with idiosyncrasies, a February thaw enables all kinds of strange behaviors. Enthusiasts of this ephemeral spring, uninhibited by unseemly “winter tans,” don shorts and t-shirts; the frisbee people hone their snow-dulled skills on the front lawn, and dogs, normally in such short supply, seem to grow from the green-brown earth itself….

Branching Out: Marching Towards a New Culture of Protest

Branching Out: Marching Towards a New Culture of Protest

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01/27/2019

According to Troubles I’ve Seen, Jervis Anderson’s biography of Bayard Rustin, whenever Rustin, chief organizer of the March on Washington, was asked to organize similar events, he would wisely reply, “If you bring off a good thing, you shouldn’t try to repeat it.” And a good thing it was: as Anderson’s book recounts, on a…

Branching Out: D.C.’s Troubled Democracy

Branching Out: D.C.’s Troubled Democracy

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11/02/2018

“Democracy Dies in Darkness.” A phrase familiar to most of us, this solemn threat hangs over the Washington Post website like the Watergate. It is a noble slogan. Pleasantly alliterative, like Shakespeare or Bob Dylan, and just as endearingly self-important. Adopted after the Trump ascendancy, it signals the intention of that paper, along with the…

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