Routine or Celebrate?

Happy Fourth of July! Let’s all celebrate independence, eat burgers and watch fireworks. Cue explosion. Just kidding, I’m in the Netherlands. The only celebration I’ll be attending here is my personal brownie baking party tonight. Attendance Count: One. Besides continually asking myself why there is no adulting manual (come on Penguin Random House, I’m depending…

Election Detox

In the last months, weeks and days leading up to the US election, I’ve found myself feeling… as horrible and not-myself as I have in quite a while. I wake up tired, exhausted and unmotivated to do anything other than wallow. Rachel Maddow’s show lightens me, but only to the point where I want to…

Judging the European Convention on Human Rights

How does a country judge the worth of following sets of basic human rights? Is it possible that any country could survive the political and cultural fallout of leaving such an all-encompassing document and set of norms? Before Brexit, not many analysts – let alone political leaders – would imagine that any country could break…