Monthly Archives: March 2018

This Infinitely Improbable Presidency

Douglas Adams knew human nature: In many of the more relaxed civilizations on the Outer Eastern Rim of the Galaxy, the Hitchhiker’s Guide has already supplanted the great Encyclopedia Galactica as the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom, for … Continue reading

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Breakfast in America

“Breakfast in America” is that studio album recorded by the British band Supertramp in 1978 at The Village Recorder just off Santa Monica Boulevard in West Los Angeles – that old Masonic temple from the twenties that in the sixties was used by the Maharishi Mahesh … Continue reading

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The Air Is Humming

A Broadway musical with singing and dancing rival street gangs was a monumentally bad idea, but that was West Side Story – music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and choreography by Jerome Robbins, and “inspired” by Shakespeare’s Romeo … Continue reading

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Everything Connected

Everything’s connected. Environmentalists say that. Don’t wipe out this obscure species or that – that dung beetle has a useful function. Possums eat ticks. Everything is interlocked. Don’t upset nature’s balance – and drive a bit less, or drive something … Continue reading

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The Vain Man Gloats

This was the weekend that Donald Trump gloated. He had fired FBI Director James Comey on May 9, 2017, but that had backfired. Comey had told Congress the Trump campaign had been under investigation since the summer before – something … Continue reading

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The Old World Now Gone

Life is full of changes. Sometimes you end up in Rochester, New York. That was the first job after graduate school – teaching English at prep school there – the wife’s home town. It would be fine. This was the … Continue reading

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Prometheus Unbound

Everyone wants to be a hero. The Romantic poets – Keats, Byron and Shelley – saw themselves as heroes. They felt deeply, they thought deeply, and their poetry was, they seemed to think, going to light up the world. They … Continue reading

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