Old and Dusty Artifacts from the Newspaper Morgue

Yesterday, two students asked about two old columns of mine,  one for the Washington Post and one for the International Herald Tribune.  What’s strange about these being the ones they discovered is that there actually  is one way they  do belong together:

One was was as fun to write as anything I have ever done and the other was gut wrenching.    

Here they are,  as promised.