Robert Lynch

Robert Lynch

Kin, Tribes, and the Dark Side of Identity

Kin, Tribes, and the Dark Side of Identity

“We should poison their water holes!” This was the first thing my father said when I called him after planes hit the World Trade Center where I worked. My dad was a 1960s cultural liberal and pacifist, who had opposed every war our country had fought. The moment he felt

Robert Lynch
Robert Lynch
Identity
Why Is Funny? How America Lost Its Sense of Humor

Why Is Funny? How America Lost Its Sense of Humor

If you grew up in Detroit in the ’70s, jokes were everywhere. Most of them were Polack jokes, which were so common that it wasn’t until middle school that I realized that not every joke had to involve a guy from Poland. Today, jokes have almost entirely disappeared

Robert Lynch
Robert Lynch
Entertainment