Essay in Politico

I've been thinking a lot about what shapes the way we communicate, so I wrote this piece for Politico.

"The way to undermine a democracy, the Russians have reminded us, is to destabilize a common sense of reality and decency so that we can’t trust facts or each other, or use reason to debate issues based on those facts, which leaves us to trust only our own clans. And that leaves us with tribalism."


Essay on New Year's published in Salon

Here's the link.  The essay is about how three common kinds of New Year's loneliness correspond to the taxonomy of loneliness I experienced while living in solitude, and how the deepest level might actually be a spur to live a more meaningful live.

Review in the New York Times

Here's an excerpt from Dwight Garner's review in the New York Times:

"Mr. Axelrod is clearly a gifted writer. His book is flecked with wide-awake observations…He is fearless about showing himself in a bad light…The best thing about Mr. Axelrod's frequently absorbing book is how idiosyncratic it feels; he is a unique presence on the page. You feel he is saying, to quote Robert Louis Stevenson, 'You must suffer me to go my own dark way.'"