Monthly Archives: October 2014

Dispatches from the Culture Wars

No one knows what to make of Maine – they have lobsters there, and not very many people, and deep pine woods out to forever, with black-flies that will eat you alive in the short Maine summers. It snows the … Continue reading

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The Big Shrug

The big divide in this country may not between the Republicans and the Democrats, or between those who disagree on basic issues like what women have the right to decide for themselves, or whether there are far too many guns … Continue reading

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Dealing With Those Who Are Ruining America

The cri de coeur of the Tea Party crowd has always been that they want their country back, although they’d refuse to use that French term – but it was a cry from the heart nonetheless, sometimes expressed with a sob, … Continue reading

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What Happens Next

It’s simple human nature to wonder what happens next, given what’s happening now, which is why there is science fiction, speculative fiction for an anxious public – but the flying saucers from the tacky black-and-white low-budget fifties movies never showed … Continue reading

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Bold Cowardice

Ebola is a terrible disease, and a godsend to the cable news networks. They finally get more than the usual political junkies and disaster whores to watch what they’ve got for more than half a minute. Now they’ve got people … Continue reading

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Explaining the American Dream

Growing up in the new raw post-war suburbs of Pittsburgh was pretty much an all-white experience, even if the hero of all heroes in Pittsburgh will always be Roberto Clemente, a black man from Puerto Rico whose English was limited. … Continue reading

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Voting for Nothing

The party in power is always in trouble in the sixth year of their president’s term. They’ll lose seats in the midterm elections, and this year the Democrats will lose the Senate, and since the House is solidly Republican, and … Continue reading

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