Monthly Archives: October 2017

Kelly’s Heroes

The Civil War is over, the South lost, and Slate’s Aisha Harris can prove it: The same night that Tiki torch–bearing white supremacists rallied around a Confederate monument in Charlottesville, Virginia, 1,500 moviegoers at Memphis, Tennessee’s Orpheum Theatre came out … Continue reading

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What Had To Happen

Everyone knew this wasn’t going to go well. Donald Trump had never held political office before. His grasp of how our government (or any government) works is still a few steps below rudimentary. He had no experience in foreign policy, … Continue reading

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Hello Darkness

Late October – the days are getting shorter – but not really. They’re just getting darker. There are fewer and fewer hours of sunlight at this time of year. It happens every year, and that’s fine. Darkness is fine. In … Continue reading

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The End of the World As We Know It

Rock music is generally useless and sometimes amusing. In late 1987 it was fun to drive around Los Angeles with the radio blasting out It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) – because … Continue reading

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Opie on Opioids

The sixties produced idealists. There are those of us who were teachers long ago, on a mission to get kids to think clearly and write clearly – or to think at all, really – who quit teaching after a few … Continue reading

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Our Republican Parties

Our fathers were Republicans. It was respectable to be a Republican. We got that. In the fifties, Dwight Eisenhower had been president, and he wasn’t that bad. Our fathers could point to him, and they were right. He was a … Continue reading

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If Enough Is Enough

Some days in American politics need a proper introduction. Frank Capra is the Norman Rockwell of American film. Capra showed idealized “good” Americans – the decent normal people that are everyone and that are all Americans. In 1946 Capra gave … Continue reading

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