Tag Archives: Fiscal Cliff

The Shape of Things to Come

If you had wanted to know what was going to happen from 1933 through 2106 you would have read H. G. Wells’ The Shape of Things to Come – in 1933 of course. Most of that book is silly, but … Continue reading

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The Midnight Cliff

Out here on the West Coast each New Year’s Eve is a bit surreal – on CNN you can watch the ball drop in Times Square at nine in the evening, or you can wait to watch that at midnight, … Continue reading

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The Eve of the Eve

Some days are inherently unsatisfactory. In fact, there’s not even a name for them, like the eve of New Year’s Eve, the day before that odd day that ends in all the parties and that business in Times Square. The … 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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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

No one misses the days of the classic dreary and depressing British films – the black and white social-realism kitchen-sink tales of working-class lost souls, trapped in a world where they had no chance to escape any of the dreariness, … Continue reading

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Embracing the Dismal

Some of us are now willing to join that War on Christmas that Bill O’Reilly keeps talking about – but not because we’re secular humanist abortion-loving dope-smoking gay hippies left over from the counterculture sixties we could never let go. … Continue reading

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Political Street Life

Cities have iconic streets that define them. New York has Wall Street – the seat of all money and power in the city that never sleeps and takes no prisoners. Paris has its Avenue des Champs-Élysées – the Elysian Fields, the … Continue reading

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