Elaine Kendall

Elaine Kendall

Show BioHide BioA journalist and playwright, Elaine’s books of American cultural history were published by Little, Brown, Putnam and Capra; her plays by Samuel French, Smith & Kraus and Art Age. Musical plays are An American Cantata; The Would-be Diva; Isadora! and COLE and WILL: Together Again! Non-musical dramas are The Chameleon; Two Margarets; The Trial of Mata Hari and The Nominee. The “I” Word; Gun Show Follies and Secrets of the Showroom are short comedies. She has written for many national magazines; The New York Times and the LA Times. Current articles appear monthly in the aptly-named online journal The Satirist.

25 posts


Have a Trumpless Day

Published 4w ago -

First, check the back of your closet or a bureau drawer for something bought or given to you before 2015; the graduation wristwatch that merely tells time; shoes; a jacket, shirt or sweater that never matched anything. You should look contemporary but not 2018... More »


Improving Trump’s Lies

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If the President of the United States continues lying, Alec Baldwin made that Access Hollywood tape twelve years before he played Trump on SNL.  Baldwin had a vision of the future and knew Trump would be elected in 2016. In rehearsal, the lines were entirely ... More »

Taking the Guilt Out of Christmas

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By Elaine Kendall 25 December 2017 The first slight waves of holiday guilt begin before Halloween, usually causing only a passing frisson or two of regret. The early ripples are the lavish mega-catalogues; beginning with those from places where you may have bo... More »


Trump Translated

Published 4m ago -

The president is revising the dictionary of the English language! Though he’s a man with three adjectives, two pronouns and few verbs, he’s made considerable headway in a daunting project. Usually, he simply reverses the meaning of a word, a phrase, or an ... More »


Ask Your Doctor If It’s Right for You

Published 5m ago -

TV commercials were always somewhat annoying, but never terrifying. They showed attractive young people at parties, drinking beer, gulping soft drinks, and singing the catchy ditties that separated one brand from another. The party-goers were obviously having ... More »


Confessions of America’s Political Elite

Published 6m ago -

Hillary Clinton Yes, Trump could be right.  I do have a few Russian connections; dinner twice at the Russian Tea Room before it closed in 2012, and as I recall, we had Beef Stroganoff and Chicken Kiev, though I don’t remember ordering caviar or borscht, or ... More »


Bad Tech: Good Tech

Published 7m ago -

The toll booths still stand forlornly at every parking lot entrance, with no one inside. The students and retirees who handed out your ticket when you arrived and received your payment when you left are either flipping hamburgers or working as Walmart greeters... More »


All the President’s Instincts

Published 10m ago -

Not only is he very instinctual, but “my instinct turns out to be right”. The president said so himself, in the memorable Time magazine interview with Michael Scherer; the one including “I’m president, you’re not”. Very could be the key word in Tru... More »


ROBO-MED: The Future is Now

Published 11m ago -

Right on schedule, we’ve developed the great, great, greatest plan for medical care in the world.  We haven’t copied England’s failing National Health, with its long, long waits for things like hip and knee replacements. We haven’t followed the Canadi... More »


The De-Extinction of Woolly Mammoths

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The January 2017 edition of Coastlines, the UCSB alumni magazine, doesn’t display a sensational sunset view, plans for a new building or honor a Nobel laureate with a cover photo. Instead, the editors chose a drawing of a woolly mammoth with the alluring hea... More »


China Bans the Word “Great”; Others Follow Suit

Published 1y ago -

On the 25th of January, 2017, Chinese president Xi Jinping banned great from all new schoolbooks, kindergarten to university levels. Beginning on January 28th, the start of the Chinese New Year, students in classes where English is taught will be requested not... More »

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