Tag Archives: Lost Generation

Slouching Towards Nothing in Particular

“The curtain rises on a vast primitive wasteland, not unlike certain parts of New Jersey…” ~ Woody Allen That’s unfair. Princeton is a fine place – green and pretty – Einstein liked it there. Red Bank gave us Count Basie … Continue reading

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Deciding What’s Fitting

Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori… That’s the line from one of Horace’s Odes – a bit of sing-song that’s one of the first things the Latin Master at Eton or Harrow has his first-form students memorize, and parrot back, because … 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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When Calling in the Professionals Makes Things Worse

There’s that old A. E. Housman poem, the one published in the London Times in 1917 on the third anniversary of the First Battle of Ypres, Belgium, the “Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries” – These, in the day when … Continue reading

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Running in Place for No Reason

It’s endemic to English majors. You know you were born too late. You were supposed to have been hanging around Paris in the twenties, nodding politely to Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, Sherwood Anderson, John Dos Passos, John … Continue reading

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