PREVAIL by Greg Olear

Greg Olear
PREVAIL is a regular column about politics, history, national security, foreign affairs, organized crime, dirty money, global corruption, the fight for democracy—and, on Sundays, poetry and literature.
Created 05 Nov 2019
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  • Sunday Pages: "The Second Coming"
    26 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 64 11
    Dear Reader, Has the country gone mad? Because it sure feels that way. Crisis actors and legit lunatics are disrupting school board meetings in districts where they do not live, to protest the alleged...
  • My Head's in Mississippi (with Donna Ladd)
    24 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 34 8
    There is no state as quintessentially American as Mississippi. The Magnolia State is intimately familiar with the nation’s two original sins—the forced migration and slaughter of Native Americans, and...
  • Ax Wray
    21 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 74 16
    The four-year occupation of the White House by a mobbed-up criminal has been so thoroughly normalized by the supine press that it is necessary, on occasion, to pull the camera way back and look, reall...
  • Sunday Pages: New York Nostalgia
    19 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 45 11
    Dear Reader, Like Humphrey Bogart, our eldest son was born 1) in New York City, 2) on Christmas Day. He hates the latter fact. Yesterday, I drove him down to the city of his birth, to make sure he sti...
  • Is Putin On the Way Out? (with Zarina Zabrisky)
    17 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 28 1
    THIS WEEK, unnamed individuals in the immediate orbit of Vladimir Putin tested positive for covid-19. The Russian dictator did not, or so he claims, but he is self-isolating, just to be sure. He even ...
  • Moscow Memories: My Night Watch with Andrei
    14 Sep 2021 • 23 min read • 47 10
    By MOSCOW NEVER SLEEPS Somethin’ happens in the North Caucasus, nothin’ happens, It’s just another President, gettin’ himself elected. —“Straight Outta Grozny,” Chechenz With Attitude, 2001 The less y...
  • Sunday Pages: "Blue Spark, Part II"
    12 Sep 2021 • 14 min read • 37 3
    Dear Reader: Back in 2012, my friend Jennifer Kabat and I founded The Weeklings, an online magazine about art, culture, and politics. One of the best things we ever ran on those pages was “Blue Spark,...
  • Tuesday's Gone (with Noel Casler)
    10 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 38 5
    We’d just moved on the first of September. Left our 400-square-foot fifth-floor walk-up on East 7th Street in the East Village—an apartment that cost a staggering $1,800 a month—for a bigger, cheaper,...
  • Breaking Brett
    07 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 104 23
    Kenneth Starr, Brett Kavanaugh, Alex Azar. Independent White House Counsel’s Group, 1990s. Photo from the White House. LAST WEEK, the Texas State Legislature passed one of the most repressive antichoi...
  • Sunday Pages: "September 1, 1939"
    05 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 58 6
    Dear Reader, I was sent this poem, and read it for the first time, yesterday. I cannot believe it was written about September 1, 1939—when the Nazis invaded Poland, starting the Second World War—and n...
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