Monthly Archives: October 2010

The Treachery of Images

Those of us who smoke a pipe – that would be mostly former English teachers and older academic sorts – know all about the painting. It’s “The Treachery of Images” (La trahison des images) – that 1929 painting by the … Continue reading

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Manufacturing Perspective

You don’t begrudge your old students their success, but sometimes you get disoriented. Even after all the years you listen with sympathy to their current woes, and offer encouragement – it’s a habit, and it’s the right thing to do. … Continue reading

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Dealing in Death

Damn – you think you got it right but then they go and change things on you. Back in the fifties it was Sunday school, and then later sitting with the adults and listening to your grandfather – a pleasant … Continue reading

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Just Saying

“You never get into a political discussion unless you bring the word ‘Hitler’ in. You have to have ‘Hitler,’ so let’s put ‘Hitler’ out there. Here’s ‘Hitler.’” That was Rob Reiner on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher – and … Continue reading

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Not Too Swift

It’s hard to explain an affinity for Jonathan Swift – the honors work in college and all the detailed work in graduate school. Swift was an odd duck, and an old duck – early eighteenth century. But there was something … Continue reading

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The Curious Absence of Reasoned, Measured Conservative Journalism

He seems like such a nice man, and you can build a career on being a nice man. And Juan Williams did just that, as a journalist and political commentator, with a few workmanlike books on civil rights under his … Continue reading

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Something Smells

There are things you get used to, and after a while you don’t notice them at all. It takes someone from the outside to notice what’s peculiar. Some of us wasted our youth reading all those Horatio Hornblower books – … Continue reading

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