Category Archives: End of the American Dream

Making Do When Things Are Worse Than Ever

Yes, a Masters from Duke University in Eighteenth Century British Literature, and the PhD work, are pretty useless – at least they were in the mid-seventies. That led to a Dead Poet’s Society gig at a northeastern prep school, but … Continue reading

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The Sense of an Ending

You can worry about whether you’ll have your job tomorrow – that’s pretty common these days – or worry about whether you’ll have your house next month – also common in these times – or worry that all that you’ve … Continue reading

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The Third Narrative

There was the Greatest Generation. They won World War II – Humphrey Bogart took care of the Nazis in Casablanca and John Wayne took care of the bad guys in the Pacific, and William Bendix was the comic relief. That … Continue reading

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One More Lost Generation

There are the late-night saloon songs, and the classic is Frank Sinatra singing “make it one for my baby, and one more for the road” of course. Dreams are dead. Nothing worked out. That’s how it goes. There’s not much … Continue reading

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The Now Quaint Idea That Effort Is Related To Reward

It’s a pretty standard joke in situation comedies. There’s always the character that gets into absurd impossible situations – scheduling two dates with two gorgeous women for exactly the same time and the same place, or buying a build-your-own-peanut-butter-castle franchise … Continue reading

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