Opinion

Vinod Khosla’s Illiberal Views on Education

Vinod Khosla’s Illiberal Views on Education

In an op-ed provocatively titled “Is Majoring in Liberal Arts a Mistake for Students?” and published on Medium, the tech billionaire Vinod Khosla insists, in paragraph after unremitting paragraph, that a college degree has value if the degree holder is...
Both Diva and Devi: A Tribute to Sridevi

Both Diva and Devi: A Tribute to Sridevi

In the late seventies, as my waist lost inches and my hips stretched a little more, I could have competed with Scarlett O’Hara. I believe I owned a 17-inch waist. Such observations, however, were wasted on Daddykins, my late father, who measured beauty by a formula....
H-1Bs—The Best and the Brightest?

H-1Bs—The Best and the Brightest?

A relevant piece from our archives, on a topic that is still a hot-button issue. First published on March 14, 2017. What is this notion of the best and brightest? For one, it is the most conflicted banality of the moment. The term is generously used by liberal...
A Year of Transgressions

A Year of Transgressions

On the morning of my birthday this past October, I began reading the first few pages of the book, Oranges, by John McPhee. In the world of nonfiction, it’s a classic. A couple of lines jumped out at me as my eyes hopped over these words: “Citrus does not come true...
What About Bill?

What About Bill?

How the dominoes have fallen. Ever since producer Harvey Weinstein was exposed as a sexual predator, the list of prominent men charged with sexual harassment has grown. Some of these men, like comedian Louis C.K., and actor Kevin Spacey, have been my idols. Even NPR’s...
How to Buy a Green Card

How to Buy a Green Card

Care to become a green card holder quickly? Looking to avoid the long H-1B lines? All you need is upwards of half a million dollars. That should be the tagline to the EB-5 visa marketing campaign. The EB-5 visa program is a pathway to legal permanent residence for...