Still stuck

As I write this article, I’m sipping tea in Dublin, Ireland, thinking about Irish bathroom faucets. Specifically, I’m pondering their striking similarity to the Electoral College, the inch-pound system, space shuttle engines, and car headlights.

More on that jumble of thoughts in a minute.

We’re wrapping up […]

How to turn your weaknesses into strengths

As a young law professor, I frequently hit the road to present papers at academic conferences. Many of these presentations were friendly affairs, but some took a hostile turn, particularly during the question-and-answer period.

As a mentor once told me, academic arguments can be particularly vicious […]

I’m a complete amateur

I was waiting in line for the bathroom at Interurban, one of our favorite Saturday hangouts in Portland. Ignoring my inner disciplined voice that tells me to stay off email on the weekends, I took a “quick glance” at my inbox on my iPhone.

I cringed […]

Why you should underplan your vacation (or how we ran out of money in Cuba)

Earlier this year, my wife and I took our first trip to Cuba.

Cuba is a paradoxical mix between the past and the present, communism and newfound freedoms, and architectural beauty and decay. But if you’re like others I know, you have little interest in hearing […]