Schwalb: Torn between emotion and reason

January 23, 2009
I find that when Israel goes to war, I stop reading the newspaper. When I open the paper, I get physically sick. As a Jewish American, I feel torn and confused. On one hand, I feel cornered by a war I cannot morally support. On the other hand I have sympathy and passion for the »

Schwalb: Better use of a great power

November 20, 2008
Congress, you may remember from A.P. U.S. History, has power of the purse. Though “power of the purse” may sound like the lamest superpower ever, it’s actually a real-life power. And it’s about as cool as any superpower, since, unlike heat-vision, it actually exists. But our non-super representatives do a pretty bad job at wielding »

Schwalb: Is the craziness limited to Yale?

November 7, 2008
I think my freshman seminar is starting to mess with my head. I have been awake now for 31 hours and 26 minutes. The sky is outside is gray. The air is chilly, but not cold. I just ate, but I was not hungry. I am on my bed now, but I am not sleeping. »

Schwalb: Dealing with the hangover

October 24, 2008
The stock market has a hangover. It stayed out late with friends. They met some trashy mortgages at Toad’s and some CEOs did a few things they’re not proud of. It was a fun night — until the Nasdaq wound up in DUH. As unpopular as Wall Street is right now with the American public »