I Miss the Old Nuisances Of Voting

Oregon Has Us Vote By Mail, and It’s Much Easier. Sadly.

Let me start by saying this: I am a Catholic. As an adult, I converted to Catholicism—despite my hostility to the institutional Church as a protector of power and patriarchy—for a very specific reason: a deep craving for public ritual. I am a believer—at an almost cellular level—in the importance of creating sacred occasions to drag ourselves out of our private experiences, to connect to the past and the future, and to call upon our collective better angels. I believe that the repetition of words and gestures in the presence …