Tag Archives: John Dickerson

A Matter of Debate

Before there was Facebook, and Twitter and Instagram, and blogs (the now increasingly rare personal ones) and fairly easy access to criminal records, college admission folks used to look at high school kids’ “activities” – sports and clubs and, sometimes, … Continue reading

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Political Magic

Over on Hollywood Boulevard, just east of Cherokee, you’ll find Hollywood Magic – but you can’t drop in and buy anything there. You have to be a professional magician. No one else is supposed to know how these things are … Continue reading

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Pretending It Never Ends

No one stays in the stands after the big game is over, or keeps staring at the television screen, telling themselves the game can’t be over. Your team won or it didn’t. The score is right up there in big … Continue reading

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Umbrage Unleashed

Realism be damned, British authors have fun with names – and maybe Dickens started it. Think of Great Expectations with the naïf as the hero – Pip. He’s a real pip, and he’s madly in love, or something, with the … Continue reading

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Sanity, Humor and Pious Baloney

There are our cultural touchstones – all those clever things Samuel Johnson said so well – and those many devastating quips from Oscar Wilde – and some like Lord Chesterfield or La Rochefoucauld – and Mark Twain was no slouch … Continue reading

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Choosing What and Who We Choose

Politics is a matter of people arguing with each other. You’re supposed to watch and decide who makes the most sense, or who is the wittiest – or who is the nastiest, as some folk like the devastating put-down accompanied … Continue reading

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Getting It

It’s where married life and politics intersect – and every guy who is married, or has been married, or even been in a relationship, knows how it goes. The wife is crying and the husband is obviously concerned, and puzzled. … Continue reading

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