The Burn

August 12, 2016 By Mickey Friedman In the end Bernie was Bernie not Martin. He began as a politician and ended as one. While many millions put their faith in him to bring transformative change, Bernie voted to retain the…

Black and Blue and Dead

July 28, 2016 By Mickey Friedman I mourn for the black and blue and dead. And if the well-meaning prevail, we’ll spend some days talking about what needs to be done. Judging by ESPN’s community conversation with President Obama it…

Not Hate

July 5, 2016 By Mickey Friedman “All you need is love,” the Beatles sang. But sadly hate is ever-present. When I was a boy, bullies maimed but rarely killed. Of course, many whites hated blacks; some in the South enough…

Better Than Best

June 22, 1916 By Mickey Friedman With great recognition comes great responsibility. Living in Smithsonian Magazine’s The Best Small Town in America is an honor, and Great Barrington and its people have done a bang-up job serving as a sterling…

Hubbled and Humbled

By Mickey Friedman June 13, 2016 I’m finishing up my second I Ching mystery, Folly. It’s an act of faith, believing that stringing together word after word, ever so slowly, for me if not for Stephen King, paragraphs coalescing into…

A Reason To Believe

By Mickey Friedman May 12, 2016 We are once again in the midst of a war between the generations. If you missed the end of the stultifying fifties and the metaphorical and real explosions of the sixties, open your eyes.…

Hillary, Billary and Chillary

By Mickey Friedman April 28, 2016 Hillary, Billary, & Chillary. With offices in Little Rock, Chappaqua, and Panama City. And for you tweeters: hashtag ExperienceMatters. I know you Bernouts are resentful. But “corrupt” is just your mean-spirited way of re-defining…

For Landon, Alesia, and Hazel

By Mickey Friedman April 10, 2016 My friends Landon, Alesia, and Hazel live a short walk from GE’s planned PCB-dump off Van Deusenville Road in Housatonic, Massachusetts. Depending on how much or little work GE is forced to do in…

Rise Up for Rising

March 26, 2016 By Mickey Friedman Like many stories, the story about the Lenox or Lee or Housatonic PCB Dump begins and ends with money. The money Monsanto made selling PCBs to GE and Westinghouse. The massive amounts of money…