Monthly Archives: February 2013

Playing Marco Polo

Marco Polo is that children’s game that proves humans aren’t bats – it’s all about acoustical location. It’s a form of hide-and-seek where the person who’s “it” closes his or her eyes and shouts out “Marco” and everyone else is … Continue reading

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Another Speech

Long ago, in a different America, Francis Fukuyama wrote about the end of history in a 1989 essay that turned into a book three years later – explaining the end of history as “the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution and … Continue reading

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The Limits of Perpetual Anger

The sixties weren’t all peace, love and understanding. In spite of the beads and flowers and affected mellowness, the left was pretty angry – at that unspeakable immoral and fundamentally stupid war in Vietnam, and at those who ginned it … Continue reading

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White-Out

It’s best to come of age when then nation is coming of age too, but that’s a crap-shoot – you don’t get to choose when you were born. It’s just that coming of age in the sixties was, as they … Continue reading

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The Biggest Loser

Henry David Thoreau was wrong. Most men don’t lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them – they just find another song to sing. It’s called acceptance, even if that’s hard for some … Continue reading

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Prigs and Bullies

Much to the disappointment of many college students stuck in that inevitable required English Literature course, Samuel Butler’s The Way of All Flesh isn’t a porn novel – it’s just another bildungsroman, a coming-of-age story that follows the protagonist as … Continue reading

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Necessary but Not Sufficient

Adolescents have a finely tuned sense of what’s just not fair at all. Every teacher knows this, when the kid protests that his essay was flawless, and the required three pages, with footnotes showing actual research – and those were … Continue reading

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