Monthly Archives: February 2013

Strange No Longer

Paris in early December is a wonderful place – the odd little Christmas villages tucked away here and there, selling little Jesus and Mary figures and small pots of questionable foie gras, the old-school window displays at the big department … Continue reading

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Reality Strikes Back

Americans don’t do history – it’s boring – so we rely on shorthand. Calvin Coolidge was known as Silent Cal, and may have once said that he was never hurt by anything he didn’t say. Few remember anything else about … Continue reading

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Our Homemade Horror Show

Everyone likes a good scare – it keeps Hollywood in business – but no one likes the real thing. Any Texas Chainsaw Massacre – they must be on the sixth or seventh movie in that franchise now – turns a … Continue reading

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About Nothing

As all siblings know, and most married couples know, and as those who have worked in academia know, the bitterest fights are almost always about nothing – or maybe about something else. This happens when both parties basically agree on … Continue reading

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Trustworthy Voices

The eighteenth century gave us lots of things – like Mozart and the steam engine and the guillotine – but it also gave us modern democracies. Monarchies would no longer do. Thanks to Rousseau and others, there was new talk of … Continue reading

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To Be Fair About It

There was a warning last April. It was that new book It’s Even Worse than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism – from Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein. They were an odd couple. … Continue reading

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Strange New Worlds

English teachers never liked the opening of the original Start Trek series, with that voice-over about exploring strange new worlds, to seek out new life forms and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before. It was the … Continue reading

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