by Sam Juliano
Presidential election madness continues, and like so many stateside I have immersed myself into the process by way of a close eye on the evolving news cycles, the day to day analysis online and of course the actual results and post mortem. A special treat has been offered on CNN – “the race to the White House” – which superbly examines past presidential races by way of news footage and re-enactments. Lincoln’s first election in 1860, and JFK’s one hundred years later were especially fascinating in the manner the shows were crafted. We history buffs have long known the contents, but still appreciate the craftsmanship and execution. As to the current election it is clear enough that Hillary has won the nomination, but that Sanders will still pursue the contest to the convention. On the Republican side it appears it will be Trump, but it may well go to an open convention, where the anti Trump forces are determined to undermine him.
In addition to a book signing and presentation by the lovely children’s book veteran Barbara McClintock at the Curious Reader bookstore in Glen Rock, New Jersey, I spent many hours with the Poirot blu ray set, in some pointed Agatha Christie bliss. Though a few certain visits to the theater are lined up for the current week, the past seven days did not contain a single appearance, which all things considered is a rarity.