This Year, Give Thanks for the Kindness of Strangers

Despite its broken politics, America remains amazing -- a near-bottomless treasury of varied and remarkable human beings.

Heading home for the holidays.

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Sometime over the past decade, American writers discovered a new and exciting way to mark the start of the holiday season: by penning roughly 72,000 variations of the “How to talk about politics with your relatives over the dinner table” essay in the week before Thanksgiving. (I will modestly submit that my entry from last year is one of the most accurate, if not the most kind, contributions to this still-developing genre.) 

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