Tag Archives: Rick Perlstein

November Nothing

Even those of us who aren’t sports fans know that early November is a bad time for sports fans. Baseball is over, long forgotten now, college basketball is just starting and March Madness is a long way off, and professional … Continue reading

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A Way of Seeing Things

Christmas Eve, 1998, was the strange one – sitting quietly in the hospital room in Pittsburgh, with the parents each in their separate beds, each drifting in an out of consciousness – and accepting that. They’d be back at the … Continue reading

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Saturday Night in Iowa

Okay, the Republicans had another debate, again on the night of the full moon. Republicans shouldn’t debate on the night of the full moon. The reasons are obvious. But they do persist in this. But really, no dogs howled, and … Continue reading

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Vacation Reading

What will you read on summer vacation? That may be a pointless question. No one in their right mind takes a vacation – they just go somewhere. And they work. You lug along the laptop or some iPad sort of … Continue reading

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You Never Know

What is there to say? What follows is column 1,429 in the current format, in place since March 2007 – but this has being going on since May 2003 – and there’s no point in counting any longer. What started … 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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No Country for Old Men

That is no country for old men. The young in one another’s arms, birds in the trees – those dying generations – at their song … Yeah, Yeats was onto something there. But the recent movie got it wrong – … Continue reading

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