Monthly Archives: June 2010

Sweet Imaginary Reason

It has come up before. It’s Isaiah 1:18 – “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall … Continue reading

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Leaving Ireland

Irish writers don’t stay in Ireland. Oscar Wilde left home and wrote in London – where he was the toast of the town – and after the scandal with the Marquis of Queensbury’s son and his imprisonment, moved to Paris … Continue reading

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Not Knowing, and Comfortable Not Knowing

One must be discreet, but one also must be honest, and mention the surreal when it pops up. So it was last Sunday afternoon in Venice Beach and late lunch with a highly-respected writer from Boston, with two books, and … Continue reading

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When Calling in the Professionals Makes Things Worse

There’s that old A. E. Housman poem, the one published in the London Times in 1917 on the third anniversary of the First Battle of Ypres, Belgium, the “Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries” – These, in the day when … Continue reading

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Drawing Lines in the Sand

Steve Benen comments on the right’s campaign against birthright citizenship – and how it seems to be intensifying. Yes, Republican Senator Russell Pearce of Arizona – a state senator and the man who shepherded SB 1070 through the Arizona legislature … Continue reading

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Punctuated Wrongness

Who knows anything? What experts do you agree with? Who do you cite? And how do you know they’re experts? Who told you that? Why did you believe them when they said this person or that was an expert? You … Continue reading

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Shutting Things Down

Let’s see. The State of California requires that you buy auto insurance – if you have no certificate of insurance you cannot register your car and get license plates and all that. Some work around this somehow or other – … Continue reading

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