Category Archives: Republican Implosion

Forced Learning

The year was 1918 and the music was odd – but with worldwide sales of phonograph/gramophone records hitting about a hundred million that year, part of that was a revolution in technology. Mark Oppenheimer explains what it was like before that: If you … Continue reading

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Autumn in America

Everyone knows that summer ends with the Labor Day weekend, with the picnics and mattress sales and that one final swim in the lake or whatever – except it doesn’t. There’s the realm of sidereal time and celestial mechanics. Summer … Continue reading

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Fat Old Men Chasing Ghosts

It’s just not funny anymore. Sometimes that’s hard to accept, and that’s certainly the case here in Hollywood, where the whole point is to make a lot of money – but Airplane II was not as funny as wildly successful … Continue reading

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Proudly Choosing Irrelevance

There is such a thing as a sense of place. Paris just feels like Paris – even if you were blindfolded you’d know you were there – and the same holds true for New Orleans, or what’s left of it, … Continue reading

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Weathering the Storm

After a life well-lived retirement can be mighty fine. After a curious life filled with strangeness and the unexpected, enjoyed and endured and savored and bitter far too many times, it’s just curious. It also seems flat, even here in … Continue reading

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No Side of Rice

In all sports it’s considered bad form to run up the score. In college football for example, if you’re a top-ranked team playing some nowhere team from a school no one has ever heard of, one that was put on … Continue reading

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Real Change without Intervention

Out here in Los Angeles sports fans miss Phil Jackson – the Zen Master who was also into all sorts of Native American stuff, like burning sage in the locker room at the start of each Lakers season, to drive … Continue reading

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