Monthly Archives: November 2011

Returning to Boredom

All man’s troubles come from not knowing how to sit still in one room. Pascal said that back in 1670, but Pascal is boring. The whole of the seventeenth century is boring. And Kierkegaard said this a few hundred years … Continue reading

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The Day of the Newt

There will be a presidential election in 2012 and the Republicans will have to run somebody, and the Tea Party base of the party, and the evangelicals and every Republican in the South, and everyone west of there, who want … Continue reading

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Deciding What the Scandal Actually Is

In a free and open and highly competitive culture like ours, where you’re a winner with all the goodies or a pathetic joke, the very worst thing is to realize big things have been happening and you had no idea … Continue reading

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The Futile and the Pathetic

It’s something about getting old, and perhaps wearing your trousers rolled and walking along the beach. The world moves on, and you may indeed hear the mermaids singing each to each, but of course you know damned well that they’re … Continue reading

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Yeah, Right

Ah, it was that PhD dissertation that was never written – life intervened. It always does. But things stick with you, and actually kind of gnaw at you – not that anyone reads Jonathan Swift these days. People these days … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving

No column – Thanksgiving and everyone took the day off. There was no real political-social-economic-cultural commentary out there, for good reason. Everyone should take that one day off and just calm down, and be thankful. There should be one day … Continue reading

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The Inevitable Conservative Oops

Now that’s odd – after all these years, the first Thanksgiving home alone. But the family has scattered over the years, across the country, and everyone, reconstituted in new families, is deciding just which family node at which location is … Continue reading

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