Author Archives: Doug Cumming

About Doug Cumming

journalism professor at W&L

Something for Democrats to Run On

A terrible premonition dawns on my Democratic friends: Their party could fail to win either the House or the Senate this November. An even darker vexation follows: Trump is re-elected in 2020 (after winning the Nobel Peace Prize). My wife, … Continue reading

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A Tory ghost on the Lower East Side

Last July on the Lower East Side of New York, I was draining the ice cubes of my second cocktail at Schiller’s Liquor Bar on Rivington Street when I fell into a trance. Rivington himself seemed conjured up from the … Continue reading

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Southern Crescent

Yes I guess the gate of heaven is everywhere. But you had to see on your cellphone in the dark that the train would be two hours late turning us three back home at exactly the right moment so that … Continue reading

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How to change the “Confederate” name of a church

Confederate symbols in churches, especially Episcopal churches in Virginia and the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., have followed a pattern of controversy parallel to, but distinct from, the civic battles over their removal from public spaces. In Episcopal churches directly … Continue reading

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Real news, in my opinion

Fake news was real. There really were a bunch of teenagers in a former Communist city in the former Yugoslavia cranking out confections with tabloid-headlines quoting fake FBI sources saying Hillary Clinton was about to be indicted, or whatever. Kids … Continue reading

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After tragic fire in historic synagogue: Shared space or hyper-gentrification?

Story and photos by Doug Cumming NEW YORK — An abandoned synagogue that for 120 years housed New York’s oldest Eastern European Jewish congregation was not noticed much – until it lit up the sky last May. The flames that pillared … Continue reading

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Rounding Manhattan

The tourists sitting in rows on the top deck of the docked Circle Line Manhattan waited to be entertained, and at $41 per adult ticket, $27 for children, it better be good. “Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls,” a brassy … Continue reading

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