Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Age of Rogues

There are ghosts here – the ghosts of Old Hollywood. This town was always drab and seedy, but that was cleverly disguised, for a time, when the movie industry took off in the early twenties and peaked in 1939 – … Continue reading

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Keeping Secrets

The dividing line was June, 1981 – there was before, and then there was after. Before, it was growing up in Pittsburgh, college in Ohio, graduate school in North Carolina, then teaching English at a prep school in upstate New … Continue reading

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Deciding Who Pulls the Strings Now

No one quite understands what the Federal Reserve does – or even what it is – and girls can’t do math. That’s a deadly combination, even if neither is quite true. It’s just that the Federal Reserve has been the … Continue reading

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When the Abstract Becomes Specific

Congress is about to begin its six-week August recess. Yeah, yeah – August has only four weeks, but they won’t be back until mid-September. These things take time, as this is when members of congress go home and listen to … Continue reading

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The Samurai in the White House

Jujitsu – that’s what it is – manipulating your opponent’s force against him rather than confronting it with force. It’s a samurai thing from feudal Japan, a way to defeat an armed opponent when you have no weapon at all … Continue reading

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The War for the Soul of America

Duke University was a pleasant enough place in the early seventies – they called it the Harvard of the South and those ivy-covered gothic buildings did give the campus that sort of feel. Durham was fine too – a sleepy … Continue reading

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Stating the Hidden Obvious

One of the advantages of having done one’s graduate work in early eighteenth century British literature – and there are few – is that you remember some pretty nifty lines. Alexander Pope, a small disagreeable man, and a hunchback, came … Continue reading

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