His newest book, kabuki Democracy: The System vs. Barack Obama , is available for preorder.
Lunch with Peter Kaplan—a ritual as stylized as kabuki, minus the face paint.
Instead this hate-fueled game of kabuki continues, and the Pentagon is denied a new leader with a NATO summit just days away.
1896, from Japanese, popular theater (as opposed to shadow puppet-plays or lyrical Noh dramas), literally "art of song and dance," from ka "song" + bu "dance" + ki "art, skill" [Barnhart, OED]. Alternative etymology (in Webster's) is from nominal form of kabuku "to be divergent, to deviate," from early opinion of this form of drama. Since c.1650, all parts are played by males.