Monthly Archives: May 2010

The Black Sheep

Most every family has a black sheep – the crazy uncle you tell to stay in his room when you have guests over because, at best, he’s sure to say all sorts of puzzling things, and at worst, he’s sure … Continue reading

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Talking About Race

White guys shouldn’t talk about race. What do they know about being black, or Hispanic, or Asian, or whatever? You’re just going to get sanctimonious feel-good uninformed liberal crap – mostly scolding and shaming and holier-than-thou nonsense – or that … Continue reading

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Dennis Hopper

Dennis Hopper died today: In a world of fake bad boys, he was the true article – a natural-born rule breaker, a Hollywood rebel who took midnight rides on the wild side with James Dean, a scraggly-haired hippie too hip … Continue reading

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The Value of Lacking Passion

Just down the street there’s that giant fiberglass frog. That’s Kermit the Frog on the roof of the old Charlie Chaplin Studios on La Brea, currently the home of The Jim Henson Company, as in the Muppets, as in Kermit … Continue reading

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The Problem with Perpetual Adolescence

The principle danger in being a high school teacher is that one can easily slip back into being an adolescent oneself. Even at that upstate New York prep school, where all the children actually were above average – those who … Continue reading

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The Now Quaint Idea That Effort Is Related To Reward

It’s a pretty standard joke in situation comedies. There’s always the character that gets into absurd impossible situations – scheduling two dates with two gorgeous women for exactly the same time and the same place, or buying a build-your-own-peanut-butter-castle franchise … Continue reading

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Mistaking Our Own Taboos as Universal

It’s been seventeen years. And it started with Bill Clinton, the master of triangulation or the third way or whatever you wish to call it, where you disappoint your base and flummox your opponents by doing the unexpected, the other … Continue reading

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