Monthly Archives: July 2010

The World Gone Mad, Or At Least Very Angry

The last trip to France was more than eight or nine years ago – two weeks in Paris in December in the cold rain, as the quiet solitary observer. Kicking around on your own, left to your own devices, is … Continue reading

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Cats on Hot Tin Roofs

July is an unpleasant month, and it’s just as well it has ended, as this one was exceptionally unpleasant, given this sort of thing: “A comprehensive review of key climate indicators confirms the world is warming and the past decade … Continue reading

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The Discreet Charm of Incorrigible Stupidity

Americans don’t much care for history – Henry Ford famously said it was bunk – and most kids merely endure their history classes that started in the seventh grade and never seemed to stop. And once released from the surly … Continue reading

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In Media Res

Being a teacher you get used to the whining from the kids. Yeah, yeah – this makes no sense and that is needlessly confusing, and why do I have to know this – it’s stupid – and life is not … Continue reading

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It’s Always the End of the World Somewhere

We live in apocalyptic end-of-the-world times – but we always live in apocalyptic end-of-the-world times. That’s just how we think, and maybe we’re all just drama queens, fighting our quite ordinary and cyclical rather meaningless woes by pretending they are … Continue reading

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Knowing Things

That last day in the classroom was a long time ago – June 1981 – and then it was goodbye to teaching English at the prep school in upstate New York, selling most everything, and then heading off to the … Continue reading

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Raging Against the System

It’s a strange thing. Over the last ten years or so political commentary was opened to the masses. It seems that the internet was not just for shopping and amateur videos of that cat playing piano or whatever, and for … Continue reading

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