Monthly Archives: January 2014

That Curious Existential Despair and Dread

One of the most depressing scenes in Groundhog Day – the best comedy exploring existential despair and dread that Hollywood ever produced, or maybe the only comedy exploring existential despair and dread Hollywood ever produced – is the Jeopardy game. … Continue reading

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At the Lesser Cambridge

Cambridge, the one in England, is by all accounts a fine place – very pretty and very British, with its famous university that’s been there forever, perhaps the best in the world. The Cambridge in Massachusetts, across the river from … Continue reading

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Choosing the Right Seriousness

Thai Town and Little Armenia are just a few miles east, on the other side of the tourist stuff on Hollywood Boulevard, and down the hill, the Ukrainian community blends into Kosher Canyon, a few blocks further south, the heart … Continue reading

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Pointless Enthusiasm

Too many years and too many miles change things. The raw new suburbs just north of downtown Pittsburgh in the fifties were the whole world when you’re just a kid, but after that sticky summer of 1965, it was off … Continue reading

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Eventually Seeing the Problem

Everyone says it, and has said it since the 2010 midterm elections, when the Tea Party crowd wrested control of the House from the John Boehner Republicans – the government has ground to a halt. Nothing gets done. There’s the … Continue reading

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The Difficulties in Stating the Case

Blame Woodrow Wilson. Before his presidency that annual State of the Union thing wasn’t a formal speech delivered before a Joint Session of Congress – heck, it wasn’t even annual. It was more of an occasional internal memo, as required … Continue reading

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As the Awful Future Arrives

Those two years in Canada were fine. London, Ontario, turned out to be full of wonderful old trees – it is the Forest City after all – and the place looked and felt like some friendly and pleasant small town … Continue reading

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