Monthly Archives: March 2014

Quantifying the Absence of Hope

It was the late seventies, back when you didn’t teach-to-the-test and actually tried to get the kids to learn a few things, and if possible, even understand them – but even then teaching high-school English was a dismal business, even … Continue reading

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The Man from Meridian

Northerners don’t do well in the South, but then, how bad could it be? College had eventually gone well, and fellowship money being offered was good, and the new draft lottery meant it wouldn’t be two or three years of … Continue reading

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Magic Realism in Everyday Life

Nostalgia is fine, but some decades should be forgotten. Old folks know this. The sixties, for example, were epic, but the seventies brought us Disco and polyester leisure suits and young women with feathered Farrah Fawcett hair out to forever, … Continue reading

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That Conspiracy of Cartographers

Angry old white men, retired and on Medicare, and drawing Social Security, and getting a pension check each month, from back in the days when there were such things as fixed pensions – and the company hadn’t cheated and used … Continue reading

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Not Messing Around in the Middle

Unlike the subtle French or the excessively polite British, or the quiet and amiable Canadians, or the inscrutable Chinese, Americans are known for cutting through the crap and saying exactly what they mean, no matter who’s offended. The truth is … Continue reading

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Considering the End of the World

There’s something nicely apocalyptic about Hollywood. There’s that last scene in the Nathanael West novel Day of the Locust – that’s where it all burns to the ground, all of Hollywood, and then all of Los Angeles, as the hapless and emblematic … Continue reading

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The American Game

It may be that the lost America that everyone on the right longs for still exists down there in Texas, where they still take high school football seriously – even if no one else does. For everyone else it’s more … Continue reading

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