Tag Archives: Anti-Intellectualism in American Life

Explaining the American Dream

Growing up in the new raw post-war suburbs of Pittsburgh was pretty much an all-white experience, even if the hero of all heroes in Pittsburgh will always be Roberto Clemente, a black man from Puerto Rico whose English was limited. … Continue reading

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Running on Spite

National character is probably no more than an accident of geography and a common language, and perhaps a shared agreement on what’s good to eat and what isn’t, but it seems fixed. Everyone knows the French are arrogant, or maybe … Continue reading

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Thinking about Masculinity

It was always a battle of the sexes – the Republican Party was always the Daddy Party. That meant they were firm and a little brutal about things, but it was for our own good, for the good of the … Continue reading

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The Odd Charm of Simple Uninformed Honesty

Maybe it started with Brigitte Bardot in 1956 and that film And God Created Woman. Bardot was really something. Or maybe it started a few years earlier with Leslie Caron in An American in Paris – as she was something … Continue reading

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Thinking About Age and Wisdom

Well, another year rolled around, and another birthday. But after all the years it’s just another day. On your birthday you might take a moment to note that yes – you’re still alive, in spite of it all. Or you … Continue reading

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Thoroughly Gored

And now it’s less than two years away. But if you were young and alive and curious about everything in that late sixties, finally away from home and in a college dorm room arguing with your friends about reality and … Continue reading

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