Monthly Archives: January 2013

Monsters for Our Times

We are moving from the age of moody sexy vampires to the age of flesh-eating mindless zombies. The Twilight series is finally and mercifully over and now World War Z – Brad Pitt’s zombie epic – gets a Super Bowl teaser … Continue reading

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Republicans at Yorktown

It was the summer of 1781 and things were going badly for our side – the British occupied New York City and a second British army lead by Cornwallis was having a fine old time to the south, capturing Charleston … Continue reading

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Suddenly Left Behind

Cultural shifts happen when no one is looking, and when no one expects them. Out here in Hollywood this drives many a young promoter crazy – their hot club is suddenly no longer hot. No one goes there anymore – … Continue reading

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Wishful Thinking Fortified By Ignorance

Long ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, with Adam and Eve, and Jesus too – no, not that long, just the late fifties – there was a time when the news was just the news, hourly on the radio, for … Continue reading

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Mutually Assured Misunderstanding

Economics is called the dismal science for obvious reasons – it’s complicated and often dull and dry, except when one big-gun economist is telling another big-gun economist he’s full of crap and the other fires back with the same – … Continue reading

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Charlotte Ruse

Graduate school in the South was confusing – maybe because they called Duke the Harvard of the South, except the campus was exceedingly ivy-covered gothic and looked very British, except for the magnolia trees and all the sunshine, and the … Continue reading

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Studying War

The passage of time causes the oddest things to happen. The children of the sixties are now in their sixties, and all that antiwar stuff came to nothing. Yeah, that war in Vietnam was both an epic farce and a … Continue reading

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