Monthly Archives: December 2011

Odd Man Out

Okay, we weren’t supposed to think about Ron Paul – he’s always running for president and never gets anywhere at all. He’s now seventy-four and still at it. But those of us born in Pittsburgh should love him – he … Continue reading

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The Curious Practice of Totalistic Rejection

Too many years, too many Christmases, and you do run out of gift ideas. One question is what to get the kid (now an adult, actually) who already has his dog-eared copy of every book Glenn Beck ever wrote (or … Continue reading

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All But the Shouting

It’s all over but the shouting – people say that when they’re trying to point out that any fool can see the outcome of the dispute in question, and just who has actually already won. What you’re seeing is just … Continue reading

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The Braveheart Boys

There are a few union halls in this neighborhood. Three blocks east it’s the Motion Picture Editors Guild, next door to the International Cinematographers Guild – where we all go to vote every other November, the place with the cool … Continue reading

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Walking the Lobster

The French poet and translator Gérard de Nerval was a bit odd – he had a pet lobster named Thibault he took for walks in the Palais Royal gardens in Paris, on the end of a blue silk ribbon no less. But his translation … Continue reading

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Twice Shy

Once bitten, twice shy – or you never put your hand on a hot stove again – or you never buy another Fiat. Of course the cute new little Fiat they’re selling here now is built in Mexico, so maybe … Continue reading

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A Quiet Ending

The news business is tough. You’re supposed to cover major events – the big things that change history, or are history, or are at least momentous in some way. But the news business is after all a business – the … Continue reading

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